Simone Ledward Boseman, Widow Of Chadwick Boseman, Releases Debut Album
Chadwick Boseman’s widow, Simone Ledward, has released her debut album, the mornings, under the stage name sahn.
Ledward Boseman has been writing songs since childhood, but her entry into the music space is one she feels ready to share now. However, sahn is not Ledward Boseman’s alter ago, but a “version” of her being that she strives to uphold.
She spoke to Vibe about what her music under this persona means to her.
“Elevated. She’s Simone, elevated, ” she said. “Simone without the ego. I’m always striving to just respond in a space that is that higher version of yourself. She represents who I am when I am at my best. She’s always growing, always a point I can reach up to.”
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The widowed artist is notoriously private, and has been since the beginning of her relationship with the late Black Panther star. According to Blavity, the two met at a James Brown tribute concert in 2014; the actor played the famed singer in the biopic Get On Up released that same year. They married in 2019 and were together until Boseman died of colon cancer in August 2020.
The first track on the 9-song project references her late husband, titled “chad’s prayer.”
“Any artist’s work is about the experiences that they have had, but myself as an artist is not encapsulated in grief,” she explained. “I have more to say, and I have more to contribute to more conversations than solely about the grieving process and loss.”
“I think that sahn is how I move forward, how I forge a path that is my own,” shared the California Polytechnic State University alumnus. “This is how I now take the influence of someone else’s legacy because I don’t think that I am his legacy…Taking everything that I learned and how I was influenced by his legacy is how I’m able to move forward and to continue to carry his spirit with me in my own work.”