Eulaulah Donyll Hathaway best known as Lalah Hathaway referred to as the First Daughter of Soul, is a contemporary R&B and jazz singer. She is the daughter of soul singer Donny Hathaway and classically trained vocalist Eulaulah. In 1990, Lalah Hathaway released her self-titled album, Lalah Hathaway. The album's first single was "Heaven Knows" produced by Derek Bramble. The follow-up single was "Baby Don't Cry" produced by Angela Winbush.
In 1991, Hathaway released her extended play, Night & Day in Japan. A Moment was released in 1994, debuting at #34 on the Top R&B albums chart. The lead single "Let Me Love You" charted on the Hot R&B charts at #37. In 1999, Lalah Hathaway colloborated 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. Self Portrait 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 Award nomination for "That Was Then".
"A radiant brand of soul delivered from the gut with a joyful smile. The comparisons to Jill Scott are inevitable if obvious, but you've got to have a shared reference point when you tell your friends about her album that's a bit church with a smudge of doo-woop and quiet storm jazz". - Washington Post
" A ball of good-hearted warmth and energy" - Vibe.com
"One of R&B's best kept secrets, but not for long" - BET.com
Avery*Sunshine croons with an incandescent familiarity of one who has danced with the shadows of love and was left "Pinin'" – a doo-wop stylized hankering for that reminiscent love affair which leaves us "perplexed, bewildered, upset!". With a gracious bend toward reflection, "Ugly Part of Me" is a silky repentant groove; while "All In My Head" reveals the crazy that lurks in the back of our minds when love confuses our thoughts and obscures our sensibilities. But life isn't all gloom. "I've Got Sunshine" tickles the heart with a radiant optimism; while the gospel rendering "Blessin Me" illuminates the path that leads to her faith and identifies the source of it all. "This whole thing has been nothing but a faith walk for real, and I trust that God is gonna guide the way."
Like the blazin' ball of cosmic energy at the center of the universe, songstress/pianist/composer Avery*Sunshine bursts onto the scene with the release of her self-titled debut project (June, 2010). A consummate musician, she pours light onto the simple complexities of life with a soulful truth-telling that is pensive and real.
Avery*Sunshine got her start singing at church and playing piano in her hometown of Chester, PA. A graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, she has been paying her dues and making her mark on the Atlanta independent music and entertainment scene. She has lent her voice to the soundtrack for Paramount Pictures' The Fighting Temptations, and in 2005 was hired as lead keyboardist for Tyler Perry's stage play Meet the Browns. In 2007, she was sought out by Grammy- and Tony Award-winning vocal powerhouse Jennifer Holliday to be choral director for the theatrical production of Dreamgirls during the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta.
Avery*Sunshine made history with daily performances at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO and four private events during the 2009 Inauguration of President Barack Obama. She has opened for noted jazz vocalist/pianist Rachelle Ferrell and sultry "Soulsinger" Ledisi; has done background work for gospel icon Karen Clark-Sheard; and has performed with popular industry figures Michael Bublé, David Forster and Anthony Hamilton.
After critical acclaim surrounded her first-ever single, a 2003 house-mix titled "Stalk You" released in Japan, Avery*Sunshine returns with the release of her 13-track debut CD. The project is an amalgamation of jazz, gospel and soul, and features legendary vibraphonist and funk-soul jazz composer Roy Ayers; Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride; and her talented lyricist/guitarist/producer and musical partner Dana Johnson. The production and release of the project has catapulted Avery*Sunshine into a world wind of opportunity and recognition. She played a principal role in Douglas Tappin's musical drama I DREAM directed by Jasmin Guy; debuted at two of the world's most renowned performance venues – the Blue Note (New York) and the Jazz Café (London); made television appearances on Good Day Atlanta, CBS Early Morning-Atlanta, and Live At 9- Memphis; and will open for preeminent blues and recording artist B.B. King at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2011.
Avery*Sunshine's luminosity is being appreciated the world over. She was chosen as iTunes 2010 BEST and featured among "What We're Listening To" on the iTunes homepage. She's been recognized as the SoulTracks 2010 Reader's Choice Best New Artist and was featured as one of JET Magazine's Top 5 Rising Indie Artists. The CD was listed as a 2010 Album of the Year in Atlanta's Creative Loafing, and has received countless glowing reviews from such notable publications/media outlets as The Washington Post, USA Today, Heart&Soul magazine, and Rolling Out.com.Intent on shining by sharing her song with the world, Avery*Sunshine wants you to get your "Shine On!" She's been touring incessantly from city to city bringing the shine to Miami, Philly, New York, L.A., Houston and coming soon to a city near you...because... "Everybody Loves the Sunshine!"