Lady Wray has been in the business for 25 years at this point, but we’re still learning more and more about her incredible talent. Now that Black History Month is upon us, the songstress stopped by the NPR offices to show off selections from her most recent efforts while helping to kick off a special month-long celebration with the iconic Tiny Desk Concert series.
The songstress was pretty in pink for the occasion, with a floor-length hot pink fur coat draped on her body and matching pastel-pink tresses framing her face. She began her set by breaking the audience off with her soulful cut “Piece Of Me,” allowing the song’s groove to start things with a simmer and a shimmy as she sang with a smile on her face. Lady and the band kept the soul train going with “Joy And Pain,” a song all about how the extremes of love can bring their own kind of pleasure.
Lady Wray then explained the inspiration behind her song “Guilty,” specifically highlighting her brother’s incarceration and the feelings the situation brought up for her. She then launched into the song, creating a version that sounds almost exactly like the studio version of the track. A rearranged version of “Melody,” inspired by and named after her daughter, closed out the set. The song made her noticeably choke up, with tears giving a rasp to her voice at the end which made this revamped version even more endearing.
With a lineup that includes Theo Coker, Tamela Mann, Ab-Soul and others, the Tiny Desk Black History Month celebration will definitely be a must-see all month long. Watch Lady Wray kick things off like only she can when you press play below.