Erykah Badu - Lollapalooza 2010
Erykah Badu – Lollapalooza 2010 (Photo credit: kate.gardiner)

Today 26th February 2013 is the 42nd birthday of “Earth Mama/Sistah”, Erykah Badu.

Erica Abi Wright [Badu] was born in Dallas, Texas, USA on this day in 1971.

Cover of "Baduizm"
Cover of Baduizm

Debuting in 1997 with her groundbreaking album Baduizm, Erykah upped the “game” for female R&B singers with her sultry Earth vocals and infusing jazz and hip-hop beats to her sound, earning her the title of “The First Lady of Neo-Soul”.

Image Source: www.lexpress.fr
Image Source: http://www.lexpress.fr

Her style of songwriting is organic, real and self expressive. Her dress sense and musical videos are also expressive, sometimes causing controversy (“Window Seat” 2010).

Image Source www.last.fm.com
Image Source http://www.last.fm.com

As well as singing, Erykah credits herself as a record producer, activist, DJ and actress, including an appearance in The Blues Brothers 2000. She has won 4 Grammy Awards out of 19 nominations. Erykah is also a mother of three, one son and two daughters.

Happy Earthday Miss Badu

Other singers celebrating birthdays today are… Michael Bolton, 60, the beautiful Corrine Bailey Rae, 34, and Fats Domino, 85.


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