Singer and songwriter Erykah Badu was born on February 26, 1971, in Dallas, Texas. The R&B, Soul, and Hip-Hop legend experienced many of her career milestones in the DFW metroplex. At age 4, she sang and danced at the Dallas Theater Center on Flora Street. For high school, Badu graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. Her birth name is Erica Abi Wright, and she later adopted the stage name “Erykah Badu,” with “Badu” reportedly being an African name she chose for herself. After high school, Badu attended Grambling State University in Louisiana to study theater before leaving to pursue music full-time.

Erykah Badu performed at the Dallas Theater Center at age 4.

Her career took a significant turn when she opened for D’Angelo in 1994 in her hometown of Dallas. This performance is often cited as a pivotal moment that helped launch her career. Badu’s debut album, “Baduizm,” released in 1997, was critically acclaimed and solidified her place in the neo-soul genre, marking a significant milestone in her music career.

Badu graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas.