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".
After amassing an impressive collection of prestigious awards and penning hit songs for some of R&B's most iconic legends such as Anita Baker, Beyonce, Usher, Brownstone, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Patti Labelle, and The Isley Brothers, esteemed Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Gordon Chambers is on the precipice of yet another exciting milestone in his career as a recording artist with the release of his third solo album, Sincere. Featuring production by The BeatBanggahz (Kenny Lattimore, Trey Songz, J. Holiday); A. Jermaine Mobley (Music Soulchild, Lalah Hathaway, Carl Thomas, Eric Roberson), and Chambers himself—alongside flavorful newcomers Darien Dorsey, Blake Melodius and Mike Severson, Sincere effortlessly melds a pop/ R&B sound with a classic soul aesthetic that is certain to surprise and delight contemporary R&B fans and soul enthusiasts alike.
The album is the result of Chambers employing a decidedly democratic approach to the creative process. "I didn't have a premeditated vision for the album," he admits. "For me, the process of making this album was more like being a curator: taking the pieces and elements around me to pastiche them together and tell a story." In sharing the reigns of creative control, the creation of the album proved to be somewhat of a watershed moment for Chambers. "This time, I let the production team take control—especially Darien Dorsey, who produced four songs for me. Even though I was older and more experienced than the producers on this album, they were not so in awe of me that they couldn't direct the sessions in the right direction." The result is a melodic 12-track opus with a young, vibrant energy and sound all its own. Coinciding with this change in musical direction, Chambers also witnessed tremendous growth as a songwriter during the creation of Sincere. "Obviously you can't ignore the new sounds," he says. "But if you listen closely to the lyrics, you'll hear that I'm speaking more honestly as a songwriter on this specific album – reflective of my own life – than ever before."
"There are many sounds on this album, but I think there's truly something for everybody on this album," says Gordon. "A lot of the great artists of our time have taken chances. I took chances sonically this time, because change is inevitable. This is an album that is reflective of where I am in this moment in time. Sincere has something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. This is the chapter I'm writing at this point in my career. And the way it's sequenced, it takes the listener from the current to the classic. It's a nice journey. You cook with what's in the kitchen at the time."