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Ledisi: For Ledisi, singing her soul over funked-out R&B tracks just comes naturally. The New Orleans native has been a neo-soul mainstay for the better part of the last decade and she is hoping that her fifth album will make her a household name. She will release "Pieces of Me" this June, 2011 and will tour in support of the album. Ledisi tour dates are currently available and tickets are on sale.

Ledisi was born into a musical family, and she drew inspiration from her soul-singer mother and the rich cultural history of Louisiana. She began performing with the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra where she honed her vocal ability before moving to Oakland to enroll at the University of California - Berkley. She studied opera and piano for several years before forming the group Anibade in the late '90s. The group recorded a demo and shopped it around to all the major labels, but was unable to secure a deal.

After her stint with Anibade, Ledisi decided to go solo and she released her debut album "Soulsinger: The Revival," on her own independent label, LeSun Records. In support of the album, she re-teamed with Anibade and toured the country, however, the album didn't make an impact on the charts. She released her sophomore set, "Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue", in 2002 and was able to garner some national attention and acclaim. In 2003, the album won her the California Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Album and her songs were licensed out to commercials.

Ledisi went on a five year hiatus before signing a major-label deal with Verve Records. She released "Lost & Found" in 2007 and the album quickly made an impact on the Billboard charts. The album spawned the singles "Alright" and "Think of You", and peaked at #10 on the R&B albums survey. She gained mainstream attention when she was nominated for two awards at the 2008 Grammy's, including Best New Artist and Best R&B album for "Lost and Found". Ledisi tour dates were scheduled in support of the album and in light of the critical attention that she was receiving.

She went on to release her fourth and most recent album, "Turn Me Loose", in 2008. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B Charts and featured production by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis as well as Raphael Saddiq. The album was nominated for Best R&B album and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for the single "Goin' Thru Changes", at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

Ledisi will release "Pieces of Me" this June, 2011 and will tour in support of the album. Ledisi concert dates are currently scheduled nationally with R&B crooner, Kem, this 2011. She is redefining neo-soul with her jazz infused melodies and silky smooth vocals. Use Eventful as your source for Ledisi tour dates and concert schedule information.

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Though my real name is Charlene Keys, I've been nicknamed Tweet ever since I can remember. Everyone in my family wants credit for coming up with that, but no one knows where it came from. What I do know is that it stuck, and in many ways, it fits perfectly.

Born in Rochester, N.Y. to a musical family with deep Southern roots, I grew up singing in a church choir, and later, in a gospel group. My parents and four siblings mastered, among other instruments, the piano, bass guitar, and drums. I think coming from a musical family centered me. I inherited a real passion for music, and a respect for those who dedicate their lives to it as a career. Although I also learned how to play guitar, it was my voice - an alto to be exact - that became my favorite instrument.

Determined to follow in the footsteps of my idols, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, I enrolled in a performing arts school. My incessant hard work and dedication seemed to pay off in 1994, when a meeting with DeVante (of Jodeci fame) resulted in a production deal with a group called Sugah. Also a part of this camp was Missy's group Sista. The group eventually disintegrated.

Ultimately, both Missy and I parted ways with DeVante. Disillusioned and broke, I moved to my parents' home in Panama City, Florida. I was so depressed that I began to contemplate suicide. But the day before my intended (and final) surrender, I received the phone call that changed my life, forever. It was Missy, asking me to sing background vocals on her "MISS E... SO ADDICTIVE" album.

I officially fluttered onto the R&B scene in 2002, on the wings of "SOUTHERN HUMMINGBIRD," mostly a work of soul-stirring balladry, with two major exceptions - "Oops (Oh My)" and "Call Me," both dancefloor-destined singles produced by Timbaland. The album was widely embraced and went platinum. People defined my sound as "sexy" and "seductive." Some, including Missy and choreographer Fatima, said I reminded them of Aaliyah, which was incredibly flattering. Yet my intention was simply to make music that came from within. Only by being candid with listeners could I truly earn a place in their hearts. So on tender, acoustic ballads like "Smoking Cigarettes" and "Motel" (on which I played guitar), I wasn't just singing - I was speaking of my most personal experiences with Love. The bitter and the sweet; the pleasure and the pain; the romance and realism of Love - I didn't hold anything back. Missy once told me that "HUMMINGBIRD"'s greatest triumph was being able to "hit that point of no return between love and hurt."

Fast forward to 2005, and it's finally time to unveil "IT'S ME AGAIN," an exciting new chapter in my life. I refer to it as "Southern Hummingbird, times two." It's still me, but it's a different revelation of me. I've grown as an artist as well as a woman. I've been there, done that, and it's a great feeling. "IT'S ME AGAIN" once again features executive production from Missy, but it doesn't sound as dark as its predecessor. This album is sunnier; it's all about being cool with yourself and comfortable in your own skin.

As the Missy-assisted first single, "Turn Da Lights Off" - playfully scratched and produced by Kwame - proves, the album has an indispensable amount of hip-hop - but the sound is unique in that it recalls those old, but classic, vinyl records. Even my fashion sense has evolved to try to evoke a classy, timeless style. Rather than being fine, I want to be beautiful now. I feel like a little girl going into my mother's closet and playing dress up.

Some things, like my penchant for Marlboro Ultra Lights, in-your-face lyrics, and interwoven harmonies - I've always done my own background vocals - have remained intact. "I'm Done," which I wrote after a break-up, is a song dedicated to L-O-V-E itself, while "My Man" bluntly tells an ex-chick who's really relevant in a lover's life now. One of my favorite songs is "Cab Ride," which features music from the classic TV series "Taxi." Everybody used to love the show, so we took the music from that and made it into a beautiful ballad.

As for surprises, perhaps the biggest one is "The Two Of Us," a duet with my daughter, Tashawna. The song honors our relationship because it's always been just the two of us, ever since she was born. When people hear the song, they say she sounds exactly like me. It's my newfound understanding of love on "IT'S ME AGAIN" - not just in the traditional sense, but also the kind of unconditional love between mother and daughter - that makes this album that much more compelling.

It's a fact: I love being in love. But because love has hurt me, I have learned how to give and receive the right love. When the love is right, there's no going wrong. All those that were hurt before, I want to bring y'all into this next level - that's healing. And believe me, there's no better place to be. It's 2006. After healing, there's a new beginning. God gave me yet another chance. I owe it all to him.

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Melanie Fiona: Don’t ask her to define it. Singer/songwriter Melanie Fiona’s debut album The Bridge reveals a sweet push-and-pull between countless elements of herself. At once Canadian and Caribbean, strong and sexy, contemplative and joyous, blending the sounds of pop and soul. Despite the many moods and musings of Melanie Fiona’s debut, there is one defining element. The girl’s got soul."The album is called The Bridge," enthuses Fiona. "It crosses the barriers between ethnicities, genres, age groups, and genders. It can’t be defined as just one thing. It’s got a soul that’s something old, yet something new." The album reflects the duality that asserts itself in Melanie Fiona’s own exuberant personality. Flirting with the traditions of classic soul from artists like Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole and Gladys Knight, the songs also pack the punch, and authenticity of modern music. United by a singular passion, Melanie Fiona’s sound bridges past and present with an artistic and consistent blending of classic soul samples. It’s all held together by a unique quality, something that is innately her, much like the other artists she mentions as influences: Bob Marley, Sade, and Patsy Cline.Born to Guyanese immigrant parents and growing up in a music-filled house in the inner city of Toronto, Fiona knew from the very beginning that music is what moves her. "My mother, who shares my love for music, played everything from The Ronettes to Whitney Houston around the house as I grew up. My father would let me sit on the stage while he rehearsed with his band as a guitarist. " That strong sense of family translates to the team she’s now surrounded herself with, including Carmen Murray and Michael Michel of Title 9 Productions and managers Jay Brown and Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith of Roc Nation "I am so fortunate that I had people to educate me and show me that development as to what it really is to be an artist."Though Fiona had been writing her own songs for years, the introduction of songwriter Andrea Martin, would prove seminal for The Bridge. "When I met Andrea, it was an instant connection," she explains. "We developed this very personal working relationship where we were both inspired by each other." Sharing each other’s life experiences, they collaborated on some of the defining songs in the collection. Other producers on the album include UK producers Future Cut, Florida’s Vada Nobles, LA’s The Stereotypes, NYC’s J. Phoenix, Peter Wade, and Salaam Remi, Andrew Wyatt, Rob Fusari, and Angela Hunte. Fiona also shows off her Caribbean roots on Reggae Gold 2008, with Supa Dups’ "Somebody Come Get Me"."This experience will never happen for me again," she muses. "I’ll never be a new artist again. I’ll never be a complete and utter student of the game." Whatever may come when The Bridge releases on Steve Rifkind’s SRC/ Motown Universal Records in Fall 2009, Fiona is poised and ready. "I still live humbly out of a suitcase, and I appreciate the smallest things in life, and I want people to feel that. I have an opportunity to be on a stage, but I want my listeners to know that I’m just like them."

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