I was invited to review the Ledisi ‘Be Good To Yourself (BGTY)” Tour, featuring Eric Benet, when it arrived at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and need I say it left me feeling so ‘good’ about myself and the future of R&B music. Her simple set does not prepare you for the powerful performances by both her and Eric. So if you haven’t seen the show, do ‘yourself’ a favor and invest in tickets, it’s worth it.
Eric Benet opens the show singing his favorite hits, as well as songs from his current album release “Real Love,” fitting title for a man with ‘real’ vocal power and range. He had his lovely and talented daughter India comes sing a selection as well, and he even blessed us with a look at his beautiful baby girl.
Then lady Ledisi did her thing with her curvy backup singers who also amazed me with not only their vocals abilities, but their dance moves. Ledisi owned the stage as if her whole life was meant for that moment. She gives everything physically and vocally combining R&B, Soul and Jazz. I just loved the way she incorporated skating into an R&B flavored song. Her band was also a stand out feature at the show.
The “BGTY” Tour is the second leg off her latest album release “Pieces of Me,” the highest charting album of her career, yet it seems it is just now getting full-steam. Will there be a third leg of the tour? The way it’s sweeping across the country stacking up standing ovations you never know.
Ledisi’s tour, which started in June, just finished a show in Washington, DC where even the First Lady Michelle Obama came out to see this unbelievable talent. I have no doubt she walked away feeling good about it as well. Bravo to the seven-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and her traveling partner Eric Benet for a great show.
Ledisi – Bravo
While in DC not only did Ledisi and Eric Benet get to perform in front of First Lady Michelle Obama, Eric Benet discovered he had a new huge fan.
First lady Michelle Obama is a huge fan of the singer … he found out at the end of his show last week at Constitutional Hall. The two met and had a little moment.
“It was very cool meeting her,” Benet told CBS Local. “She told me that she is my greatest fan and that there is not a time when she’s flying in a plane or helicopter when she is not listening to one or all of my CDs.”
The singer, who is an avid Obama supporter, performed alongside Ledisi at the exclusive show.
While he’s doing big house shindigs promoting his new album, Benet is also keeping his eye on bigger things like his record label. The singer and businessman is searching for the next big Jordan House (his imprint’s name) talent.
Running his own label gives the artist freedom to be creative and do his own thing and make the type of music he likes.
“It’s me at the top of my game. It’s me taking control of my career, and it’s me having complete freedom and control to make and produce whatever kind of music I wanted to,” he said.
Eric Benet – Real Love