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Goapele

Born Goapele Mohlabane in Oakland, CA, this singer grew up in a socially conscious and politically active family. Her mother married South African political exile Douglas Mohlabane while studying in Nairobi, Kenya. At an early age, Goapele attended the Berkeley Arts Magnet School where she led a pre-teen peer support group. She also became involved in various groups and organizations that combated racism and sexism. It would be these extroverted activities that assisted her singing career as she would also sing at community functions. In high school, Goapele sang in the Oakland Youth Choir and became part of a semi-professional music group called Vocal Motion. Upon high school graduation, she attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where she studied music theory. She also began developing her songwriting skills during her post-secondary education. In the summer of 2001, Goapele was signed to Skyblaze Recordings and completed her debut album. After finishing the record, she toured North America with Spearhead. She returned to the studio in 2002 to begin work on her second record. ~ Jason MacNeil
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Track List: Strong As Glass

1. Strong As Glass

2. Hey Boy (Feat. Snoop Dogg)

3. Insanity

4. Perfect

5. What In The World

6. My Love (Feat. Eric Benet)

7. Powerful

8. Some Call It Love

9. Last Days

10. Truth Is

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Track List: Break Of Dawn

1. Play

2. Tears On My Pillow

3. Undertow

4. Break Of Dawn

5. Hush

6. Money

7. Pieces

8. Right Here

9. Milk & Honey

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Track List: Change It All

1. Intro

2. Change It All

3. First Love

4. Love Me Right

7. Crushed Out

8. Fly Away

10. If We Knew

12. Good Love

13. Battle Of The Heart

14. Darker Side Of The Moon

15. Closer

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Track List: Even Closer

1. Closer

2. Ease Your Mind (feat. Pep Love)

3. Got It

4. Romantic (feat. Soulive)

5. Too Much The Same

6. Catch 22

7. The Daze (feat. Zion-I & Casual)

8. Thing's Don't Exist

9. Childhood Drama

10. Salvation

11. Back To You

12. Butterflykisses

13. It Takes More

14. Red, White & Blues

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Track List: Break Of Dawn (Deluxe Edition)

1. Play

2. Tears On My Pillow

3. Undertow

4. Break Of Dawn

5. Hush

6. Money

7. Pieces

8. Right Here

9. Milk & Honey

10. Cupcake

11. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

12. For Love

13. Breakthrough

14. Play (Los Rakas Remix)

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Track List: Don't Be Shy

1. Don't Be Shy

2. Don't Be Shy (Instrumental)

3. Don't Be Shy (Acapella)

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Track List: Hey Boy (Single)

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Track List: Strong As Glass/Hey Boy (Single)

1. Strong As Glass

2. Hey Boy (Feat. Snoop Dogg)

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Very inspiring song!!! I know I'm getting closer to My Dreams!! Higher Upwards Higher and Higher Over and beyond!!! Closer to My Dreams!!! Still has a lot of meaning. Go for your dreams don't let anyone or anything stop you!!!
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Her Vocals are Heaven Sent to my hears.....
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So Soothing
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I love this song. This is how I feel about things in my life now
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I fell in love with her voice the first time I heard this song
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One of my favorite Goapele songs!
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She is the best female singer out of da bay area....
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heard this song for the first time here, and have been hearing it since. So reminiscent of soul, because its from the era of good soul, love this
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Love these kuts!
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I love her as well. Amazing voice!
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Love!
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She's a goddess. .
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butterfly533
Such a beautiful��a n d soulful voice
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She was born to sing
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juan1914
Shout out to Muskogee, Oklahoma! Langston University in the house!
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juan1914
Much love! The Mad cut!
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Boston Luv Lad art!!!
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this is a good stepping song....love it...so smooth
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That's Townbizz right there!!
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Omg she cold this song amazing!!
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Close but you are the dream and high because I'm close too my dream.
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God, I love her voice. Sometimes downright earthy. Sometimes ethereal.
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Awesome song thanks
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Complete Soul
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Very elegant, very soulful...
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Beautiful song
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maddmedic527
Closer is and will always be a classic! I will always remember the first time I heard it. #RESPECT to a queen
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So soulful
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Hey! She is from Oakland, CA. I am, too. Beautiful.
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So relaxing..
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When you feel like you can't go on and reach that goal, I listen to this song. Gets me back into the right perspective.
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This takes me into my inner most
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Yєs νєяʏ muċһ moţıνѧţєԀ
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Motivational inspirationa l and soothing songs such as this should be played more often
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love it, Inspirationa l
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Moving onward and upward!
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Halcyon it the theme today Yea Yea......

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Hi world.I would like to share this word with you Has-my-on whow!
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I CAN'T EXPLAIN IT
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I'm closer to my dreams. Thank you lord!
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This song will never get old!
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Really nice
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She is a Bad women doing her thing.
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CLOSER TO MY DREAMS...... . .
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This song always remind me of being on the road going on vacation to Ocean City, MD, listening to one of my favorite radio stations WHUR!
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This is one of my inspiration
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mudboodha6
One of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists.
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She is the truth!!!!!
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Beautiful soulful.. Voice calms my soul
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LOVE HER and all of her music BEAUTIFUL SOUL
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