Born to Donny Hathaway, one of the most influential soul artists of our time, and Eulaulah Hathaway, an accomplished musician in her own right, Lalah Hathaway, a native of Chicago, first put pen to paper, "with the music," as a 10th grader.SELF PORTRAIT, (Stax Records/Concord Music Group), is her fifth studio album including the Joe Sample duet. Hathaway co-wrote and/or co-produced all of the tracks on the album. With this offering, Hathaway is expressing who she is, what she is thinking and how she is feeling, at this very moment. Dwele cites Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Roy Ayers, Miles Davis, and Freddie Hubbard as favorite artists, and took inspiration from hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, becoming an MC, and working with Slum Village. He recorded a demo in his bedroom, called, The Rize, and sold it out of the trunk of his car. He had about 100 copies, which sold out within a week. Now, He is coming out with his fourth album titled, W.W.W. (W.ants. W.orld. W.omen) coming out June 29, 2010.