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Me'shell NdegeOcello

Although Me'Shell Ndegéocello scored a few hits early in her career, the singer/bassist opted to concentrate subsequently on more challenging material by exploring the politics of race and sex, among other topics. Born Michelle Johnson on August 29, 1968 and spending the first few years of her life in Germany (her father was both a military man and a jazz saxophonist), Ndegéocello relocated with her family to Virginia in the early '70s, as the youngster developed an interest in music. As a teenager, Ndegéocello began to play regularly in the clubs of Washington, D.C., but eventually settled down in New York City after a stint of studying music at Howard University. After auditioning for several local bands (one being Living Colour), Ndegéocello struck out on her own (often performing solo, with just a bass, drum machine, and keyboard), and in the early '90s became one of the first female artists signed to Madonna's Maverick label.

Ndegéocello's debut release, 1993's Plantation Lullabies, spawned the hit "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)" and received three Grammy nominations. But it was a duet with John Mellencamp on a cover of Van Morrison's "Wild Night" a year later that brought the singer/bassist the most acclaim, as the song became one of the year's biggest hits. Ndegéocello took an extended break before a follow-up recording was issued, but during this time, she collaborated with Chaka Khan on the track "Never Miss the Water," as well as appearing on movie soundtracks (White Man's Burden, Money Talks) and on such multi-artist releases as Ain't Nuthin' But a She Thing and Lilith Fair, Vol. 3.

A sophomore effort, Peace Beyond Passion, finally saw release in 1996, but failed to match the success of her debut. Another three-year break between albums occurred, during which time she collaborated with rapper Queen Pen on the track "Girlfriend." Ndegéocello's third release overall, Bitter, was issued in 1999. She took another three-year break and emerged with Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape in June 2002. Comfort Woman followed in 2003 and Dance of the Infidel, a sprawling album made with numerous collaborators from the jazz world, surfaced in mid-2005. Two years later, her fantastic Decca debut, The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams, which included guest appearances from Pat Metheny and Oumou Sangare, was released.

Her first pop-related recording in half a decade, 2009's Devil's Halo featured Ndegéocello in a quartet setting. The album also included guest spots from Lisa Germano and Oren Bloedow. Ndégeocello toured the album in opera houses and concert halls across the United States and Europe. In 2011, she partnered with Grammy-winning producer Joe Henry for the album Weather; it was issued on the Naïve label in November of that year. In 2012, Ndegéocello released Pour une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone, a collection of tunes intimately associated with the legendary vocalist and pianist. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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truly unsung
Where the he'll has this lady been? Totally under-rated! What a beautiful voice! She is just an amazing vocalist! I was in tears after listening to this.
thecleaner96
Me'shell music is beautiful and heart warming. You are so under-rated.
Pandora's posted lyrics for the song Bittersweet are INCORRECT.
Hey NdegeOcello, you're a bad chick, thanks for sharing your sound
Beautiful song
She definitely doesn't get the due she deserves. ALL of her albums are wonderfully made and written so well. Her delivery is nothing less than perfect. She's on tour this year...I really hope I can make it.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop . This is so scary put this on at least 5songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
Will always be my baby! My one and only female Crush.!!
Love you. me shell. So talented!!!! !
LOVE this woman
luv her music and voice
geenote126
...smell you in my dreams- Love & Basketball classic song - amazing lyrics!!!!!
Outstanding musician. ............ . .
Fool Of Me.....Licky , Licky!!!
beautiful!
does she want you with the pain that I do....... smell u in my dreams..... OMG AMAZING NO OTHER WORDS TO DESCRIBE
I am in love with her and all of her albums!!!!
OMG I seriously love her voice her words everything she sings about is so touching and meaningful!! ! ! !
I can listen to Beautiful all day long. I wish the song was longer.
Such an amazing song...sexy. c o m
corwolfna
What an extraordinar y talent!!!!!! I swear this amazing artist I've heard on Boney James' backup licks! 'Gotta get my hands on her stuff! Fantastic! Haunting voice!
you so easily set me aside... you made a fool of me tell me why!!!!!!! I have written the lyrics down and read this for years then when I hear the song I ball it is so powerful I literally think she is so amazing!!!!!
I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!! ughhhh... I need her to come back to atl!!
Totally love MeShell and her eclectic style. Her voice takes me there and back. I always want more....
She does not get the recognition she deserves. She is gifted and genius...
EVERY BLACK PERSON SHOULD LISTEN TO THE WORDS TO THIS PIECE (MAKE ME WANNA HOLLA) and any one else if it applies to you. DEEP SAD and for REAL damn ain't the word I can't even find a word for this song or should I say this poetic piece, help me out PLEASE
bitterly.... . . d a m n
she is so amazing so passionate she is a true artist she makes me feel her words!!!! love her voice!!!!!!! ! ! !
Am a senior but fell in love with her voice the first time I heard her. Absolutely soothing and sensual. Bad Sistah
she is absolutely different which is what I love about her music, never lnowing what to expect, something quite different everytime
Felt like I made it home!!!!
love this song
Her music gives me a time line... "when I heard this song I.....
tsshearin82
@dirtyredgre e r the song is titled Trust
Inside Me... a nice song, but did she start dating men or is this about
♀ ♀ action? Just wondering!!
Words DON'T do her just, but if I had to try then it's kind of like.... The lyrics are raw and sensual, spoken with such innocence... the music, she uses several instruments showing her talent seduces and captivates you with such a stronghold, always with like a first encounter... .
Wow
She is truly amazing
I'm young And loving it!
lovendatruth
I have yet to hear a voice as sexy and as soothing as this artist. She is truly among the best out here today!!!!
this song was originally recorded by Sam Cooke. I'm not taking anything away from Me'shell, I just have not seen any comment crediting Sam Cooke for making this song popular.
Her sound has always been sexy. Love her always
I LOVE HER MUSIC!!!
skillzthatpa y
You can't deny the fact that this girl is bad!
lyrics....wo w
ray.kiara
This song touches me eveytime :(
Wow this is nice very nice
dbrewer255
@ chavisatkins .....preach, im straight but girl is sexy and her grooves ALWAYS, sexy
She make me want to go on a creep move EVERY TIME I HEAR HER MUSIC!
corwolfna
what a gorgeous voice! this song is so simply put, so pretty!
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