I started to get the self-love I deserve because I was focusing on me.
I was in toxic relationships that weren't working out.
It was just the LOVE, and that's how we came up with the title, and that's how we were going to do it. But, then my life changed and I started focusing on me and that's when the stories started to come. Just different things that I normally don't do.
I also worked with Jerry Wonder, Chuck Harmony, and Jon Jon Traxx. Took a dance class, acting, I did a play; I mean I did stuff this summer! I never have time to do it; I'm always giving back to other people. What other artists do you want to work with in the near future? I wanted to work with Kendrick Lamar before everyone knew him. After I finish the album, I wanted to focus on me because I was pouring it all out emotionally. This summer I really had a chance to do stuff and enjoy it. What was it like working with the legendary Prince on “Ain't Gonna Miss You When You're Gone”? But, now I need to focus on what makes me happy, and that's what happened. I won't say much about it, but I will say I love that man…LOVE, LOVE that man. He's incredible in the studio; we have a lot in common. I'm just honored to be in his presence, and he trusts me enough to be on a track. But, I will never tell; if he tells, I'll tell. I love that I had a whole summer to figure out Ledisi and know what I want. I had enough time to deal with myself from the inside and outside. I thought a book would help me; I thought those other things would be the thing, but the thing is sitting down with yourself and be honest. That's what happened with the album and it became ‘The Truth’. I was trying to please everybody; you can't please everybody. I am really proud of myself, and no one can take that away from me. Nutrition, the physical part but the mental part is the most important.
I worked with DJ Campa as well, and the funny thing is I had his stuff for a long time. So, what held you back from finding yourself for so long? The driving force was love, wanting to be loved, give love back, hoping people will know that I am fully being authentic. You can't make other people happy; you have to be happy first and radiate that, and I promise you all of the people that are supposed to be around you will be around you. I met some incredible women; different sizes, colors, races, they really inspired me. But, I couldn't write anything and when I finally did, it was 3 in the morning. But I didn't give myself enough credit for all of the good stuff I've done. Trying to prove something, but I don't have anything to prove anymore. All the people that love you will love you as you grow. They said, "You can do it, Led." [laughs] It's all about the three things I keep saying, and I remind myself. I didn't have anything this summer, so I had to focus inward, so it was great. , for release around February 2014, the glowing songstress spoke with Singersroom about the forthcoming project, finding herself, love, traveling, and more. It's not only about loving you, but someone else is loving whom I am becoming, and they’re making me feel this way. It was the hardest album to begin because I didn't know which direction I wanted. I started taking dance classes and in dance classes, you have to look in the mirror. I started looking in the mirror, started looking inside and dealing with the truth. Someone was making me feel more beautiful, and it showed. I said ‘I'm happier now, and I'm starting to embrace myself’. I wrote with different people after them just to see where I wanted to go. In my last two live shows, you would've seen that, putting more aggression in it. You will hear in the title track of the album and in most of the songs. I had to make the changes, not for a record, not for the label or anything like that. What was your concept behind the lead single, "I Blame You"? We just sat down and talked about things, and that's what happened. Well, I started writing with Ivan and Carvin in Philadelphia. And that's what happened, taking a dance class here and there. There’s nothing like the present, but for you, why did you decide to make these changes now? Tell me about the creative process for the new album, The Truth.