December 16

Lalah Hathaway is an American vocalist (born December 16, 1968). Her father is soul singer Donny Hathaway.. In 1990, Lalah Hathaway released her self-titled album. The album’s first single was Heaven Knows, produced by Derek Bramble. The follow-up single was “Baby Don’t Cry” was produced by Angela Winbush.

In 1991, Hathaway released her extended play, Night & Day in Japan and A Moment was released in 1994, debuting at #34 on the Top R&B Album chart. The lead single “Let Me Love You” charted on the Hot R&B Charts at number 37. In 1999, Lalah Hathaway collaborated with Joe Sample and released her third album The Song Lives On. After a five-year hiatus, Hathaway returned with her fourth album Outrun the Sky. The single “Forever, For Always, For Love” peaked #1 on the Hot Adult R&B Airplay.

In 2007, Hathaway signed to Stax Records and in 2008 released her fifth album Self Portrait.  It was released on June 3, 2008 in the United States, debuted at #63 on the Billboard’s Hot 200 and reached the top ten on the Top R&B Albums chart, making this album, Hathaway’s most successful album to date. She received a Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Grammy Awards nomination for That Was Then. She went on to win the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance along with Snarky Puppy for Something in 2014. On February 8, 2015, she won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance along with Robert Glasper and Malcolm Jamal Warner for “Jesus Children”. She again won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance for the cover of her father’s 1972 hit Little Ghetto Boy in 2016.

Lalah Hathaway was born in Chicago, Illinois, as the daughter of Donny Hathaway a soul singer, and Eulaulah Hathaway, an accomplished musician she has continued this family legacy. Hathaway attended the Chicago Academy for the Arts and first put pen to paper as a 10th grader.  In 1989 she signed with Virgin Records and released her first song, Inside the Beat, and as a student at Berklee College of Music she recorded her self-titled debut in 1990.