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In June, singer Ledisi is releasing her first book, “Better Than Alright: Finding Peace, Love & Power.”

Ledisi’s also kicking off the summer with a national tour. She and Eric Benet start their “Be Good to Yourself” tour on June 23 in Hampton, VA.

In a recent interview with Essence, Ledisi explained that writing is second nature, but this is the first time her fans will get to know her as a writer.

“I’ve been writing for years and I probably have about five books written, but this was a challenge because it was a different way of writing for me. The book is about all the things that inspire me. It’s just describing my life and how I got to where I am; the obstacles, challenges, triumphs, and all the people that lifted me to be Ledisi. It’s pieces and fragments of my life, but it’s also other things that inspire me like affirmations I’ve written, affirmations I’ve read and other people’s words from First Lady Michelle Obama, President Obama, Bishop TD Jakes and Octavia Butler,” says Ledisi.

Ledisi reveals that daily she reminds herself of her beauty because the industry constantly takes shots at her image.

Ledisi also admits that she’s looking forward to performing as part of this year’s “Essence Music Festival” star studded line-up.

“One year I went to see Prince perform. He was on roller skates and had Shelia E., George Clinton, and Larry Graham on stage. It was incredible! Another favorite moment was getting to meet and talk to Patti Labelle. I’ve been there a few times when I wasn’t performing, but this year I’m even more excited because I get to finally do a show on the main stage. I also can’t wait to see Aretha Franklin perform!”

Below are key dates for the “Be Good To Yourself” Tour with Eric Benet:

6/23 Hampton, VA – Hampton Jazz Festival

7/7 New Orleans, LA – Essence Festival

7/12 Chicago, IL – Country Club Hills

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