Universal Motown recording artist Erykah Badu, best known for her eccentric style and cerebral music, is a four-time GRAMMY® award winning American soul singer and songwriter.
Regarded as the “First Lady of Neo-Soul” or the “Queen of Neo-Soul”, Badu’s sound — a concoction of soul, hip-hop and jazz — cannot be contained to a single genre. Self-described as a “mother first”, Badu is a touring artist, dj, teacher, community activist, holistic healer, doula, vegan, recycler, and conscious spirit.
She is developing a After School DJ Camp for Kids that will launch in her home town of Dallas sometime in the Fall of 2012. B.L.I.N.D. DJ CAMP will provide education and access to the dynamic art form of DJing and music producing. The week long after school program curriculum will be curated by Erykah Badu akaDJ Lo Down Loretta Brown and will feature specialized workshops by a renowned team of award-winning producers and DJs from around the country.
B.L.I.N.D. DJ CAMP continues Ms. Badu’s mission to expand the minds of children through music and art, helping them to develop positive self awareness ~ the foundation of personal growth and success. It will be offered in a safe, structured environment free of charge through the generous support of B.L.I.N.D. donations and corporate sponsorship funds.
Baduizm, Badu’s highly acclaimed debut album, was released in early 1997 went triple platinum and, along with “On & On,” won Grammy Awards at the 1998 ceremony. Spring of 2010, Badu released her fifth studio album, and second installment of a two-part New Amerykah series. New Amerykah, Part 1: Fourth World War, a concept album that was digitally produced and political in tone, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and Rolling Stone named it one of the year’s best albums. New Amerykah, Part II: Return of the Ahnk, which features lush live instrumentation and taps into Badu’s emotional side by thematically focusing on romance and relationships, made its debut at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart.
She is a practicing Holistic Healer and studies Reki. She is a Doula, and is the spokesperson for www.ictcmidwives.org.