Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu

R&B Singer

Erica Abi Wright, known professionally as Erykah Badu, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress.

Full Name
Erica Abi Wright
Feb 26, 1971
5′ 0″
Net Worth


Erykah Badu, born Erica Abi Wright on February 26, 1971 in Dallas, Texas, is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She is best known for her unique blend of soul, jazz and hip hop music, often referred to as “neo-soul”. Badu began singing professionally in the late 1990s after signing with Kedar Entertainment, and released her debut album “Baduizm” in 1997. Her second album “Mama's Gun” was released in 2000 and earned her a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. 

Badu has since released five more studio albums, including “New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)”, which reached No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart. In addition to her music career she has also had numerous acting roles in films such as “The Cider House Rules” and “The Fighting Temptations”. Aside from her work in music and film she has also been involved in numerous charitable causes including HIV/AIDS awareness and education campaigns.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1971</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Erykah Badu is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On February 26, 1971, Erykah Badu was born Erica Abi Wright in Dallas, Texas.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1995</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Debut Album Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Baduizm, her debut album, was released and certified triple platinum. The album won two Grammy awards.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1997</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Live Album Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Badu's second album, Live, was released and certified double platinum.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2000</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Mama's Gun Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Mama's Gun, her third studio album, was released and certified double platinum.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2003</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Worldwide Underground Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Worldwide Underground, her fourth studio album, was released and certified gold.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2008</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">New Amerykah Part One Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), her fifth studio album, was released and certified gold.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2010</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">New Amerykah Part Two Released</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh), her sixth studio album, was released and certified gold.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She's a Talented Musician</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Erykah Badu is an incredible R&B singer and musician. She has won multiple Grammy Awards, including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1997. Her music blends elements of jazz, soul, hip-hop, and funk to create a unique sound that has earned her a devoted fan base.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She's an Advocate for Women's Rights</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Erykah Badu is a strong advocate for women’s rights and gender equality. She speaks out against injustices towards women in the music industry, and uses her platform to encourage other female artists to speak up for themselves. She also works with several organizations to support girls’ education.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She's Positively Influential</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Erykah Badu is an inspiration to many. She encourages her fans to stay positive and strive for success in all aspects of life. Her message of self love and acceptance resonates with many, and she continues to positively influence the lives of those around her.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Debut Album Sold 12 Million Copies</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Erykah Badu's debut album, "Baduizm," was released in 1997 and sold over 12 million copies.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Grammy Award Winner</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Erykah Badu is a Grammy award winner, taking home the award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1998.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Performance Artist</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In addition to being a singer/songwriter, Erykah Badu is also a performance artist who often incorporates dance into her shows.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Model and Actress</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Erykah Badu has appeared in several films and television shows including "House of D" and "The Cider House Rules." She has also modeled for various fashion campaigns.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Musical Influences</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Erykah Badu cites musical influences from a variety of genres, including jazz, soul, hip hop, reggae, and funk.</p></div>


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