“This is the fastest album I’ve ever done,” Grammy Award-nominated singer Ledisi says with a hearty laugh. “It usually takes me forever.”
The Verve artist is talking about her upcoming seventh album, “The Truth.” Preceding its Feb. 11 release is lead single “I Blame You.” Ledisi will perform the song for the first time on BET’s annual “Black Girls Rock!” special on Nov. 3. Patti Labelle and Queen Latifah are among the honorees who will be feted by Ledisi, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monae and Alice Smith.
“I Blame You” is already at No. 20 on Billboard’s Adult R&B chart after two weeks. The carefree song about newfound love was written and produced by Claude Kelly, Chuck Harmony and Ledisi — the same team behind her 2011 hit single “Pieces of Me.” A video has been shot and will be released in the coming weeks.
Acknowledging that she does a lot more writing on “The Truth,” Ledisi says, “I wanted to go deeper into myself than I have. Before, I’ve sometimes hidden behind other storylines about someone else. When you look at yourself fully, it’s hard. But it’s also rewarding. I feel good about the person I’ve become not just on the outside but inside as well. Now it’s like, ‘You’re pretty hot, girl.’”
In addition to Kelly and Harmony, Ledisi’s team of songwriters and producers includes Rex Rideout, the duo Ivan Barias and Carvin Haggins, DJ Camper (who did the title track), Jerry Wonda and Stacy Barthe. There are no guest cameos this time around.
Ledisi says what will surprise fans the most will be “how open I am, sensual and confident. They think they already know me, but they have no idea. And this isn’t just for grown folks. This is also for the younger folks who love my music.”
Her sixth album, 2011’s “Pieces of Me,” debuted and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200. The release has sold 267,000 units according to Nielsen SoundScan.