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

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