Date of Interview: 05/19/2008
© 2008 Clayton Perry
When your last name is Hathaway, there is a certain degree of attention that inevitably follows you, especially in the world of music.
As the daughter of Donny Hathaway, one of soul music’s eternal legends, the expectations placed upon Lalah’s career have been extraordinarily high. In spite of such pressure, she has blazed her own trails and become a staple on jazz and R&B radio—spending half of her life in the musical spotlight.
Self Portrait, her Stax Records debut, is an introspective account of a twenty-year career. Upon review of the album, Lalah Hathaway managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on the intersection of jazz and R&B, “Tragic Inevitability,” and her father, Donny Hathaway.