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

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