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Krannert Center Events: 2022-2023 Season

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2021 Grammy winner Ledisi is a 14-time Grammy-nominated powerhouse vocalist with a career spanning almost two decades. Over her career she's garnered three Soul Train Music awards, an NAACP Theater Award, and 13 NAACP Image Award nominations. Most recently, Ledisi received two LA Alliance Ovation Award nominations, one for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Born in New Orleans and raised in Oakland, California, she has truly earned a place in the pantheon of the greatest singers of her generation. Ledisi is a favorite of The Obamas as well as a long list of icons including the late Prince, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, and many more. No stranger to the film and television world, in 2008 Ledisi landed a role in her first feature, singing in the George Clooney-directed film, Leatherheads. In 2015, she portrayed the great Mahalia Jackson in the Oscar-nominated movie Selma and had a notable performance in Gabourney Sidibe's Shatterbox Anthology film, The Tale of Four. Ledisi secured her first television role playing the legendary Patti LaBelle on the hit BET series American Soul. She also starred in the BET+ drama Twice Bitten. This year Ledisi landed the starring role in the film Remember Me: The Story of Mahalia Jackson. To cap off an amazing year, she will also portray the incomparable Gladys Knight in the long-awaited film based on Neil Bogart's career, Spinning Gold, the story of Casablanca Records.

Thursday, April 6th 2023 at 7:30pm in the Tryon Festival Theatre

See the Krannert Center website for more details and to purchase tickets.

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