Her name is legendary. Her music is timeless. Her lyrics touch you at the core. Her voice possesses rich warmth that soothes your ears and holds you close. She is Lalah Hathaway. Born to R&B and soul music royalty, most people know her simply as the daughter of late soul music legend, Donny Hathaway. But there is more to her than that. A trained pianist and vocalist, she is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music and her career has spanned two decades. 22 years after the release of her first LP, her career continues to thrive. It was 1990 when Hathaway made her music debut on Virgin Records with the self-titled album Lalah Hathaway, effortlessly fusing elements of R&B, jazz, and pop. The resonance in her voice immediately struck a chord with music lovers, and her first single "Heaven Knows" solidified her place in R&B music. It was evident that Hathaway not only had the voice, but the talent to carry on her father's legacy while shaping her own musical destination.
Hathaway's subsequent releases further illustrated her formidable capabilities. A Moment (1994) featured the smash lead single "Let Me Love You," and The Song Lives On (1999), a collaboration with legendary jazz musician Joe Sample, helped to broaden her audience and further establish her reputation with jazz music fans. She waited five years to release her next album Outrun the Sky, but when it finally dropped in 2004, it yielded the No. 1 single "Forever, For Always, For Love," a remake of the classic Luther Vandross tune, and definitively established her as one of the premier vocalists of her time.
In 2007, Hathaway signed with the renowned Stax label, releasing her fourth solo effort Self Portrait the following year. The album debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's R&B Charts and is her most successful release to date. Her fifth and latest solo release, Where it All Begins, came out last year. The disc finds Hathaway effortlessly delivering her trademark sound – a sound that greets you with the familiar warmth you've always known. Hathaway understands who she is as an artist and remains consistently true to her vision in song and lyric. She looks to plot the future of her music simply by embracing the zeitgeist of her present. "My hope is to continue to make timeless art for people ... in a way I feel like my dad came here in part so that I could get here – and I am here so that he can stay here. I was born for this."