Born Erica Abi Wright on February 26, 1971, in Dallas, Texas. The artist now recognized as Erykah Badu developed a profound passion for music performance from a very young age.
She took the stage at the Dallas Theater Center and the Black Academy of Arts and Letters by the tender age of four.
A decade later, she found herself freestyling on a local Dallas radio station alongside notable figures like jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove.
During this period, she reshaped her name to its current form and adopted the surname “Badu” as an homage to the cherished scat singing technique prevalent in jazz.
After completing her studies at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she pursued theater at Grambling State University.
However, in 1993, she chose to leave before obtaining her degree in order to concentrate more intently on her musical aspirations.
Collaborating with artist Robert “Free” Bradford, who was also her cousin, they produced a demo tape titled “Country Cousins.”
This tape seized the attention of music executive Kedar Massenburg, renowned for his discovery of Badu.
A significant turning point was arranged when he facilitated a duet between Badu and the celebrated singer-musician D’Angelo, marking the commencement of her resolute music career.
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In 1997, she marked her entry with the release of her debut album, “Baduizm,”. The album swiftly gained commercial traction, selling over 3 million copies in the United States.
This achievement set the stage for a prolific journey.