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Lalah Hathaway:: New beginnings for Grammy-nominated singer

by BeBe Sweetbriar
Sunday Jan 29, 2012

R&B Grammy nominated songstress Lalah Hathaway was born into a music lineage of royal proportions as the daughter of the legendary Grammy winner Donny Hathaway ("Where Is The Love" duet with Roberta Flack, "A Song For You," "This Christmas," and the classic ballad "Someday We'll All Be Free").

But Lalah's legacy of great music has definitely picked up where her father's may have left off. Her voice is all so soothing, her lyrics say too often what we want to say but don't know how, and her music, well, never becomes dated. Last fall the Berklee College of Music alum released fifth solo studio album in her twenty-one year recording career, "Where It All Begins." In 2008 she released her fifth album "Self Portrait," which proved to be her most successful album to date. She received a Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Grammy Award nomination for the single from the CD, "That Was Then."

Lalah shared with me while between gigs in the Washington, D.C. area her thoughts on being apart of a music legacy, the lack of music for our children in schools, why her music creates a mood within us, and why her recording mill will begin churning much faster.

Based out of San Francisco, BEBE SWEETBRIAR is the Omni Present Drag Chanteuse. As an entertainer and hostess, BeBe can be scene every week hosting and performing at countless events and parties in the San Francisco. One of the few drag personalities to sing live while performing, BeBe has literally graced every notable stage in San Francisco, bridging many gay sub-community gaps. She has also been the opening act for Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland, "Ugly Betty’s" Alec Mapa and Dance Diva Kristine W. Adding recording artist to her list of performance accomplishments in 2008 with the release of her first single "Save Me", Ms. Sweetbriar will soon release her fifth dance single in 2012 called "Show It Off"..
As an actress, BeBe was introduced to film with a lead role in the independent film "Under One Sun" with her character dealing with religious, racial and gender issues. Additionally, she appeared in the campy musical "Devious, Inc" (Australian Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Fest) also adding additional vocals to the musical soundtrack. Both of these performances led to her selection for a lead role in Aisha Media’s next short film series, "Con-tin.u.um" to be released in 2012.


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