‘Hey, Boy’ by Goapele
Stylish, jazzy, on the cool side, and somewhat reminiscent of Sade, Goapele (pronounced gwa-puh-LAY), is an American soul and R&B singer-songwriter with roots in South Africa. An artist who actively seeks community change, her name means ‘to move forward’ in Setswana, a Southern African language.
‘Stronger Than Glass’ is her fifth album, released on her own label, Skyblaze with distribution via BMG.
She’s a class act; smart, vocally alluring, and visually stunning.
Of Note: 'Runaway' by Electric Youth
The first time I heard this song I thought to myself, "So this is what it sounds like to have a dream fully realized. To create something exactly as you envisioned it and achieve a kind of personal perfection." Rich and warm and yet icily ethereal, 'Runaway' manages precisely that.
Electric Youth is a duo from Ontario, Canada featuring the lush sounds of Austin Garrick and the hypnotic vocals of Bronwyn Griffin. 'Runaway' can be found on their latest album, 'Innerworld'.
Of Note: Catey Shaw, ‘Outerspace’
Catey Shaw, who hails from Brooklyn, NY, has released her second EP which includes the singles ‘Brooklyn Girls’ and ‘Human Contact’. She recently wrote a piece for The Huffington Post in reaction to Taylor Swift pulling all her music from Spotify, coming out in favor of the music site. She’s also a very gifted painter.
I stumbled on her song ‘Outerspace’, from the same EP, and was immediately won over. She has an incredible sense of melody and I think the lyrics are clever and sweet.
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