Ledisi brought her vibrant energy to NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk” with a dynamic set. Starting with the title track off her current album, “Let Love Rule,” the nine time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter/actress hooked the audience with her infectious vibe.
Showcasing her robust vocal range, Ledisi also performed “High,” “Add To Me” and “I Blame You,” an uptempo anthem from her last album. Excited about finally having her turn behind the Tiny Desk, she explained in a recent Facebook post that this performance was her first time singing “High,” “Let Love Rule” and “Add To Me” acoustically. She also shared that this performance happened prior to her appearance this past summer, on BET’s Black Girls Rock.
The proud native of New Orleans gave an effortless scat at the end of “I Blame You,” which highlighted her classically trained roots. Always the perfect balance of grace and strength, the humble soulstress had the audience laughing as she infused her charm and witty humor in between songs.
Closing out her performance, Ledisi explained how she fought her label for “High” to be the lead single off Let Love Rule. She also revealed the song is a tribute to Prince.
During a recent exclusive interview with ThisisRnB, she explained the motivation behind her latest album’s theme. “I wanted to make sure I talked about love and today’s kind of love. The world love, a relationship love, the need for love, the breaking up of love and the getting back together, and the power of God’s love. The common theme of any classic R&B album is always about love.”
Watch Ledisi’s stirring performance below.