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Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu performing in 2009
Personal information
Birth nameErica Abi Wright
Also known asLoretta Brown
BornFebruary 26, 1971(age 45)
Dallas, Texas
United States
GenresR&B, soul, funk, jazz, hip hop
OccupationMusician, songwriter, producer, actress[student]
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, guitar[drumbs]
Years active1991 present
LabelsKedar, Universal, Motown, Puppy Love, Control Freaq
Associated actsSoulquarians

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Erica Abi Wright (born February 26, 1971), better known by her stage name Erykah Badu (-enˈɛrɨkə bɑːˈduːpron), is an American recording artist, record producer and actress. Her work includes elements from R&B, hip hop and jazz. She is best known for her role in the rise of the neo soul sub-genre, and for her eccentric, cerebral musical stylings and sense of fashion. She is known as the "First Lady of Neo-Soul" or the "Queen of Neo-Soul".

Early in her career, Badu was recognizable for wearing very large and colorful headwraps. For her musical sensibilities, she has often been compared to jazz great Billie Holiday. She was a core member of the Soulquarians, and is also an actress having appeared in a number of films playing a range of supporting roles in movies such as Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules, House of D, and the documentary Before the Music Dies.

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