Vocalist La’Keisha Burks got her professional start singing back-up behind such notables as Mel Waiters and Sir Charles Jones. She also appeared on Marvin Sease’s 2004 Malaco album, Playa Haters. La’Keisha’s 2003 debut on Mardi Gras, Stop Drop & Roll, garnered both critical raves and encouraging popular support. The following year, she released Girl Talk on Malaco. That disc further showcases not only her beguiling voice—half sex kitten, half woman of power—but also her hip-hop flavored production and deft songwriting; it’s a provocative, danceable blend of neosoul, urban R&B and southern-fried soul blues.
La’Keisha’s vocal style is a genre-bending meld of aggression and seductiveness; her phrasing, which also owes significant debts to hip-hop, is complex and unpredictable, yet sure. She can sweet-talk and signify with equal aplomb while never losing her tantalizing pillow-talk coo; when she turns serious—as on Her Kids, in which she sings the part a woman whose man abandoned her and her children for a ready-made family—she reveals herself to be in possession of an iron spirit, as well as tender heart.
La’Keisha is a soul blues singer for the new millennium—voices like hers represent the voice of the music’s future.