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Interview: Lalah Hathaway On Music, Old Family Photos, And New Album “Where It All Begins”

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[pullquote quote="I wanted to record it as a love letter to my fans." credit="Lalah Hathaway, on her song 'I'm Coming Back'"]Things have never looked better for singer [lastfm]Lalah Hathaway[/lastfm]. Her new album Where It All Begins is in stores and racking up glowing reviews. Her U.S. tour is selling out rapidly and, according to Hathaway, her singing has never been better. “I’m at the top of my game vocally,” she says in our exclusive interview. Click through to find out what else Hathaway has to say about her new album, covering a song by her late father [lastfm]Donny Hathaway[/lastfm], and life as an independent artist.

Lalah Hathaway Interview

[pullquote quote="I am at the top of my game vocally, and musically." credit="Lalah Hathaway"][lastfm]Lalah Hathaway[/lastfm] has established herself as a unique and well-respected artist, outgrowing the long shadow of her father’s famed career – no easy task for the daughter of a soul legend. Her approach to songwriting and producing is very much that of an independent artist, and she works on her own schedule without interference from her record label. Recording [lastfm]Donny Hathaway[/lastfm]‘s hit song “You Were Meant For Me” and including it on Where It All Begins was her own decision, and it made the record only because, for Lalah, “it felt right.” Though she respects the posthumous duet [lastfm]Natalie Cole[/lastfm] recorded with father [lastfm]Nat King Cole[/lastfm], don’t look for any such duets in Lalah’s immediate future.


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[lastfm]Lalah Hathaway[/lastfm]‘s new album Where It All Begins is available now at iTunes and Amazon. The track list is as follows:

1. Strong Woman
2. Where It All Begins
3. My Everything
4. Small Of My Back
5. If You Want To
6. Always Love You
7. Lie To Me
8. This Could Be Love
9. Wrong Way
10. You Were Meant For Me
11. I’m Coming Back
12. Dreamland


For more on Where It All Beings read our album review and check out Lalah’s behind-the-scenes video documenting the making of the album.
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