Erykah Badu Biography

Updated On Feb 16, 2019 Published On Nov 11, 2015
Facts of Erykah Badu
Date of Birth: 1971 , February-26
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet
Name Erykah Badu
Birth Name Erykah Abi Wright
Father William Wright Jr.
Mother Kolleen Maria Gipson
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Dallas, Texas
Ethnicity Black
Profession Singer-songwriter
Net Worth $12 million
Eye Color Dark-Brown
Body Measurements 32-24-30
Weight in KG N/A
Married Yes
Children Seven Sirius Benjamin, Mars Merkaba Thedford, Puma Sabti Curry
Education Grambling State University
Awards Grammy Award for Best R&B Album
Movies Teenage Paparazzo
TV Show The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Siblings Eevin Wright ,Nayrok Wright
Albums But You Caint Use My Phone 2015
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Erykah Badu, is an American singer and songwriter, who was one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998. She has released singles like "On & On," "Honey," and "The Healer."

Early Life And Education Of Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu was born Erica Abi Wright on February 26, 1971 in Dallas, USAunder the birth sign Pisces. Her father, William Wright Jr, lived away from the family most of the time.

He spent considerable period in jail, nobody knew for what. In 1975, he vanished altogether only to return twenty years later.

Erykah Badu's Personal Life 

In 1995, Badu was found having romantic love affairs with rapper, singer and songwriter André 3000. They also had a son together and they broke up in 1999. She had two years of love life with rapper Common. She also dated The D.O.C. for few years and she also became mother of a daughter with him. She welcomed her third child in 2009 and the father of her child is Jay Electronica. She is not married yet but she desired to be loving spouse of someone in the future.

Erykah's mother was an actress and she used to work in theater. She was influenced by her mother’s profession and then she began singing and dancing along with her mother. She also joined local radio station when she was in her early teens. She finally releases her first album in 1997 under the title Baduizm.  Her net worth is rumored to be around $12 million.  

Erykah Badu facts on timeline

Born in Dallas, Texas

February 26 , 1971

Erykah Badu was from the middle class family born as Erica Abi Wright in Dallas, Texas, United States of America to William Wright Jr. and Kolleen Maria Wright. She is an American and is of black ethnicity. She is five feet tall. 

Joined local radio station


Her deep interest in singing influenced her to her singing career. She began singing since she was four and then at the age of 14 she finally joined the local radio station and free-styling. At that time she was accompanied by Roy Hargrove. 

Left Grambling State University


She received her formal education from Booker T. Washington High School. She graduated from there around 1990 and then she joined Grambling State University. There she studied music but she left it after being there for about three years. 

Released her first album

February 11 , 1997

Her industrious nature finally leads her to release her first album. She released her debut album on 11th of February 1997 under the title, Baduizm. It was the massive successful movie and it also broke several records in the US Billboard and it entered it in the number one. 

Released her second album

November 21 , 2000

After gaining huge success from her first album, she worked on her second album and she finally released it under the title Mama's Gun on 21st of November, 2000. This album also contains several hit singles. 

Began dating André 3000


Before a long time ago, she was having romantic love affairs with André 3000. André 3000 is one of the famous American rapper and she is also the singer and songwriter. He is also an actor and has appeared in several television shows. 

First child, Seven Sirius Benjamin

November 18 , 1997

She became mother for the first time in her life in 1997. That was the best year for her as she also gained success from her debut album the same year. She and her ex boyfriend, André 3000 welcomed their first child together on 18th of November and named it Seven Sirius Benjamin. 

Broke up with André 3000


She was having very healthy relationship with André 3000 from the mid 1990s. But at the end of 1999, she had some disputes with him and it ended in the break up. They also had a son together and they broke up in 1999. 

Engaged with Common


After ending her first love life, she was found with rapper Common. His real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.  and he is also an actor and recording artist. They got engaged in 2000 and finally called off their engagement in 2002. 

Second child, Puma Sabti Curry

July 5 , 2004

She also became mother for the second time in her life in 2004. She welcomed her second child on 5th of July and that time it was a baby girl and she named her Puma Sabti Curry. The father of her daughter was The D.O.C.

Third child, Mars Merkaba Thedford

February 1 , 2009

2009 also brought some happy message in her life; she became mother for the third time in her life that year. She welcomed her third child on 1st of February and it was a son and she named him Mars Merkaba Thedford. Mars father was Jay Electronica.

Began her acting career


Besides her singing career, she is also an actress and she began acting from the same year she released her debut album. She made her first acting appearance in 1997 and that was from the television series, All That. 

Won American Music Awards


American Music Awards is one of the prestigious music awards and it really an honor for everyone if they wins this. She has also been honored with this award once and that was in 1998 for Favorite R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist. 

Won BET Awards


She has been nominated in lots of prestigious awards and she has also won some of them. In 2003, she was crowned with the BET Awards for the first time in her life and that was for Best Collaboration. She also won this award for the second time in 2008.