Lalah Hathaway and her mother caught up with Billboard’s Desire Thompson on the red carpet at the 2019 Grammy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 10), chatting about her Grammy nominations, working with R&B icon Charlie Wilson, new music, Aretha Franklin and more.
Speaking of collaborating with ex Gap Band singer Wilson on their Grammy-nominated song “Made For Love,” Hathaway tells Billboard, “Charlie Wilson is one of the greatest voices of rhythm and blues music. He is a true king of R&B, and his voice sounds as pristine and beautiful as it did in the 70s and 80s.”
Hathaway is also asked about her next set of material, and whether or not she will continue to experiment with new sounds like she did with her record Grammy-nominated 2017 album Honestly.
“Absolutely,” she replies. “I’m always kind of reaching out within my sphere to see what I can do that’s different. I’m interested in being the best musician I can be and the best well-rounded musician, and really exploring what I can do.” She adds that she is currently starting on a new record and will begin working with keyboard player/producer Robert Glasper in a few weeks.
In the interview, Hathaway and her musician mother are also asked about the evening’s Aretha Franklin tribute, to which Hathaway notes that she is a huge Aretha fan. “She’s the soundtrack of a lot of my childhood and my life and American music.”
Asked to name her favorite songs of Franklin’s, she goes with “Daydreaming” and “Spanish Harlem,” adding that her father, late soul icon Donny Hathaway, played organ on that track.
You can check out the full video interview above.