How much is Lalah Hathaway worth?
|Net Worth:||$12 Million|
|Date of Birth:||December 16, 1968|
|Country:||United States of America|
I grew up in the ’70s, at a time of a really rich landscape of music and varied radio. I am unsure if the industry will ever be the way that it was. Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s – that was really the time for soul music in this country, so I feel bad for kids that do not have access to that.” — Lalah Hathaway
Who Is Lalah Hathaway
Lalah was named after her mother Eulaulah, a classically trained vocalist and musician. Growing up as the child of two talented singers, she became interested in music at a very young age, as did her younger sister Kenya. Lalah was 10 years old when her father committed suicide, but by then she was already heading toward a path as a singer.
She began seriously singing and songwriting while in high school and in 1989, at the age of 20 she signed her first record deal, with Virgin Records. At the same time, she attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, a school her sister also attended.
Real name: Eulaulah Donyll Hathaway. Born: Dec. 16, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois.
Lalah’s self-titled debut album, which featured the husky-voiced singer performing Jazz and Soul-influenced songs, was released in 1990 on Virgin Records. Her sophomore album, A Moment, came four years later on the same label. But her next project, a collaborative album of slow piano ballads with Jazz musician Joe Sample, was released on the GRP Records label in 1999. Lalah has released numerous albums since then, including her 2011 project, Where It All Begins, which signaled a shift in her music toward mainstream R&B.;
Lalah’s father was the legendary, Grammy-winning R&B;/Soul singer Donny Hathaway, who’s best known for recording a series of duets with Roberta Flack in the 1970s, including “Where Is the Love” and “The Closer I Get To You.” Donny suffered from depression and paranoid schizophrenia and died after jumping out of a window on the 15th floor of a New York City hotel.
Lalah’s sister Kenya is also a professional singer, and for years has served as a backing vocalist on the reality competition show “American idol.” Kenya, who also plays the piano, is also a song arranger and producer. She is two years younger than Lalah.
Lalah Hathaway continues to straddle the line between R&B; and jazz. Self Portrait, which was released in the U.S. on June 3, 2008, has the laid-back sophistication of a jazz album, but the structure and instrumentation of an R&B; album. This is both good and bad: the album’s casual demeanor results in some good bedroom music, but at the same time, there’s little about the album that can really be savored when not in the boudoir. In other words, Self Portrait is perfect mood music when sharing intimacy, but otherwise is a little dull.
Of all her albums so far, Self Portrait is definitely Lalah Hathaway’s most revealing. This is, according to her, the first album where she had a strong hand in the entire project from start to finish, including developing the concept, sequence and selection of the songs and the session musicians used.
Many of the tracks have very personal, cathartic lyrics, such as the album’s first single, “Let Go,” where she sings about the need to not hold onto the past and to move forward in life. And on the apparently autobiographical “Little Girl,” she sings about a “little girl in a big world, hiding in the shadows of the light.” Another lyrically excellent song is “Learning To Swim,” where Lalah sings about dealing with a broken relationship. The odd thing though, is that although this is her most personal work yet, Lalah’s vocals are very detached and relatively unemotional. On a few tracks she even seems to be just going through the motions.
It’s a strange combination: highly personal and meaningful lyrics, couple with nonchalant, non-emotive vocals. And its the lack of emotion that ultimately drags the album down: if Lalah doesn’t seem to have her heart in the songs, then why should the listener? So despite being a very solid singer, as well as the daughter of a bona fide music legend – the late, great Donny Hathaway – Lalah doesn’t seem to have the fire and desire that defines great singers. Self Portrait is a good album with plenty of nicely arranged midtempo tracks that are perfect for the bedroom. But overall, the album lacks enough compelling moments to fully capture you.