Erykah Badu was born in Dallas February 26, 1971. As an American R&B singer-songwriter, she was instrumental in the creation and rise of the neo soul sub-genre. She has released singles like "On & On," "Honey," and "The Healer." Badu's official music video for "On & On" has more than 43 million views.
Badu became invested in her cultural roots at age 14, which heavily influenced her music. She started theatre studies at Grambling State University, but left to devote all of her time to music. She has been compared to Billie Holiday as a musician.
Badu was one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998. She has three children: her son Seven and two daughters named Puma and Mars.