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Goapele

Goapele Mohlabane is a mononymously-known contemporary R&B singer and songwriter whose sophisticated recordings reflect a wide range of inspirations that includes Nina Simone, Sade, and Portishead. The daughter of a South African political exile, the Oakland native grew up in a socially conscious and politically active family. At an early age, Goapele attended the Berkeley Arts Magnet School, where she led a pre-teen peer support group, and also became involved in organizations that combated racism and sexism. Goapele sang in the Oakland Youth Choir and was in a semi-professional music group called Vocal Motion. Upon high school graduation, she attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston and studied music theory. During her post-secondary education, she also began to refine her songwriting skills.

Closer (2001), Goapele's independent debut album, arrived just after the commercial peak of neo-soul, but its refined sound, based in traditional soul and jazz with shades of trip-hop, led to a deal with major-label Columbia. The association yielded an expanded version of the debut titled Even Closer (2002) and Change It All (2005), the latter of which featured collaborations with Linda Perry, Jeff Bhasker, and Sa-Ra. After a release-less period of several-years that involved the birth of her daughter, Goapele temporarily moved her Skyblaze label to the independent Decon for Break of Dawn (2011), a full-length that narrowly missed the Top Ten of Billboard's R&B/hip-hop chart. A triennal release schedule was maintained for Strong as Glass (2014) and the Dreamseeker EP (2017), two of her most eclectic and uplifting studio efforts. ~ Andy Kellman & Jason MacNeil
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Dreamseeker (Explicit)

1. Dreamseeker (Intro)

2. $ecret

3. As Bright As The Sun (Interlude)

4. Power

5. Take It Over

6. Giving Me Life (Interlude)

7. Stay (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)

8. Full Circle (Interlude)

9. Stand

10. Cool Breeze

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Track List: Stay (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid) (Single)

1. Stay (Feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)

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Track List: $ecret (Single)

1. $ecret

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Track List: Power (Single)

1. Power

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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: Strong As Glass/Hey Boy (Single)

1. Strong As Glass

2. Hey Boy (Feat. Snoop Dogg)

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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

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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

10. Cupcake

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Track List: Change It All

1. Intro

2. Change It All

3. First Love

4. Love Me Right

6. Different (Feat. Clyde Carson)

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: First Love

1. First Love (L.E.X. Massive Vocal Mix)

2. First Love (The Moves Remix)

3. First Love (Steve Augello's Retro Mix)

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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: 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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Like Milk and Honey....*de e p exhale*��
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Destiny love her.my favorite singer.love her voice.favori t e Pandora station. Lol
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On you " lol
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" I'm crushed out you "!! When your musical notes are seductively sensational �� yesssssssss
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So soothing to me love it
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She has some smooth tracks and they are so original
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A song that touches the soul
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I love this song.....Def i n i t e l y a great hit!!
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I'm gonna play this at my graduation this summer! This is a jam for the positive!!
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This song gets me in my mode every time ! Definitely overrated
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Love this song yes very under rated love her voice
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She has always been a favorite of mine, fell in love with her voice.
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Yes!, absolutely underrated! Beautiful voice! Beautiful song!��
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Great song
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The song closer puts me in a zone. She's definitely underrated.
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Way underrated.s h e reminds me of a young Sade.
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Goapele is the epitome of DOPE! I hate that she's so underrated.
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She has a genuine voice. A sultry Spirit in vocal ability.
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jaiwil1973
For the soul, loove
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This song has some truth to it.
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Love her music as well
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Luv her music
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Stunning and I will send you
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Bianca HOLLIDAY
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Freddy J. This a beautiful ballad
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Love this song
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Beautiful!
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Great Song & Very Beautiful Soul, been a fan since 2002 First release. Praying for continued success...
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Cruising in my '95 Fleetwood down I-20 and it's about 10pm, niiiiiice...
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Great song, smooth,sooth i n g
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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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vincent.nich o l s . j r
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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