It takes a special artist to do a remake, it takes a very special artist to take that remake and add their own flavor to it. It takes an extremely special artist to do a remake, add their own flavor and make that remake as good or better in some aspects as the original. Lalah Hathaway is such an artist. As the daughter of arguably the greatest soul singer ever “Donny Hathaway” she naturally is inclined to make music. Lalah has carved out her own niche while fully acknowledging her father’s great musical legacy, she has even covered some of his songs. What’s so amazing about her interpretations is that she seems to take the music further in the direction that the original artist was going in. This would seem natural in the case of her covering her father’s music, but on her remake of Anita Bakers “Angel” she moves her lower register around beautifully much like Anita is known for. Lalah is not imitating or trying to reproduce a copy she is channeling the spirit of the artist she chooses to remake.
Her latest album is a live album simply titled “Lalah Hathaway Live”. What is extra cool about this album is that she recorded it live at the Troubadour club in Hollywood which is the same venue that her father recorded his live masterpiece back in 1972. The album includes a remake of “Little Ghetto Boy” and “A Song For You” by her father, Luther Vandross‘ “Forever, For Always, For Love,” and more. The album is coming in late October and the first 2 singles are the remake of “Angel” and “Little Ghetto Boy”………………………..yeah this is definitely one you want to have.