The 4th annual ASCAP Women Behind the Music series stopped at Bardot Hollywood in Los Angeles last night (Oct 17.) to educate and recognize women for their achievements in the entertainment business. Host MC Lyte kicked off the question and answer panel with soul singer Ledisi, Lizzy Moore, Mamie Coleman and Caroline Yim. The panelist candidly addressed questions around mentorship, balancing work, benefits of a male dominated industry and the rewards of their career.
Before receiving a medal honoring their contributions in entertainment, each panelist shared the most rewarding aspect of their career. R&B singer/songwriter Ledisi’s mentorship started at home, her mother, a musician, taught her about the business. The “Pieces of Me” singer recalled learning how to copyright a song from the age of eight. In addition she addressed event-goers about not only completing her dream, but her parent’s dream as well.
“It keeps changing,” Ledisi says of her career goals, but adds, “the first always stays the same; it is completing my parents dream, this is their dream and I’m completing it.”
Ledisi also adds that another career goal of hers is to bridge the music age gap. “The second thing I thought is, there is a generation gap and at my shows I managed to close that gap. You have old school and new school of R&B that come; it does not matter what class. That gap where the parents can fight over the same CD (with the kids), that is my goal. I want to close that gap between R&B old school and new school,” said Ledisi.