Lalah Hathaway (Photo by Ali LeRoi).
Lalah Hathaway (Photo by Ali LeRoi).

By Franklin Abbott

Lalah Hathaway will debut her new album “Lalah Hathaway Live”  this Friday, Oct. 30, at Center Stage in Midtown. The first show is sold out and a second show has been added.

The album includes two covers: Anita Baker’s “Angel” and “Little Ghetto Boy,” which was originally recorded by her father, the late Donny Hathaway. The album was recorded live in the same venue, The Troubador Theater in Los Angeles, her legendary father recorded one of the best live albums of all times, “Donny Hathaway Live” in 1972.

Ms. Hathaway said she had thought about recording in that same theater since she was a child, wondering “what the air was like in the room.” She describes her performance as coming full circle, “a surreal experience,” with her mother and sister in the audience.

We asked her how she made the songs she covers her own. She says, “It is an interesting process, great songs will translate. I am paying homage the person who created the spirit of the song while remaining myself.”

Of recording her father’s song, something she has rarely done before, she says she remembers first she is his child and then she needs to make the song great once more.

Ms. Hathaway, a two time Grammy winner, was born in Chicago into a musical family. Her father recorded legendary songs like “Someday We’ll All Be Free” and “This Christmas” and for “Where Is Love” and “The Closer I Get To You,” collaborations with Roberta Flack.

Ms. Hathaway’s new live album is her 7th and marks her 25th anniversary in show business. She says the hardest part of being an entertainer is “the industry of it,” and adds,” music for me is not work. I am an avid music listener and it brings me joy to take my music live on the road.”

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Franklin Abbott is a psychotherapist, consultant and writer in Atlanta. For more information, visit

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.