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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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  1.   Song
  2.   Play
  3.   Hey Boy
  4.   Strong as Glass
  5.   4AM
  6.   Crushed Out
  7.   Good Love
  8.   You
  9.   Ease Your Mind
  10.   Find a Way
  11.   Change It All
  12.   If We Knew
  13.   First Love
  14.   Closer
  15.   Milk & Honey
  16.   What in the World
  17.   Got It
  18.   Full Circle (Interlude)
  19.   Stay by BJ the Chicago Kid
  20.   $ecret
  21.   My Love by Eric Benet
  22.   Tears on My Pillow
  23.   Red, White and Blues
  24.   Too Much the Same
  25.   Catch
  26.   Power
  27.   Perfect
  28.   Undertow
  29.   Right Here
  30.   Pieces
  31.   Break of Dawn
  32.   Romantic
  33.   Cool Breeze
  34.   Take It Over
  35.   Dreamseeker (Intro)
  36.   Cupcake
  37.   Last Days
  38.   Powerful
  39.   Insanity
  40.   Hush
  41.   Childhood Drama
  42.   Fly Away
  43.   Different
  44.   Love Me Right
  45.   Thing's Don't Exist
  46.   Butterflykisses
  47.   The Daze
  48.   Back to You
  49.   Stand
  50.   Truth Is
  51.   Salvation
  52.   Some Call It Love
  53.   Running
  54.   Money
  55.   Darker Side of the Moon
  56.   Hey Boy by Snoop Dogg
  57.   Intro
  58.   It Takes More
  59.   Giving Me Life (Interlude)
  60.   Battle of the Heart
  61.   As Bright as the Sun (Interlude)

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