After a hiatus from the industry, soulful songstress Goapele is back with her new album, Break of Dawn which features the lead single, “Play”. Calling the new album a “new revelation” Goapele next release is highly anticipated and long-awaited. Goapele cites listening to Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Bob Marley at an early age as one of her biggest influences musically. It was the exposure to that type of music that helped her capture the essence of rhythm and blues at an early age.
Goapele’s passionate vocals and beautiful lyrics impact crowds all across the world. Her diversity and creativity allow Goapele to stand out in a populated genre of R & B so even after her brief time away she should have no problem reentering on to the scene. Getting back to the era of just releasing good music is what Goapele intends to do stating, “I’m happy that R & B music and urban music are expanding, I’m into Frank Ocean right now I think he’s a real good example of someone just putting out good music”.
After the albums Even Closer and Change it All singer/songwriter Goapele took a break to start a family. “It was helpful, I had some time to get off the grind mode of constantly doing shows and got my energy back,” Goapele explains. Returning with a more sensual and seductive vibe Goapele has let go of the style many of her fans have come to know and love. Shedding the neo-soul layer and replacing it with a sweet and seductive ensemble.. With a vibrant audience anticipating a new release Goapele cited her previous albums as the foundation that created her following, also states that music allows her to tell her story and evolve with music as well as her life. Break of Dawn reveals a more liberal and confident Goapele, so we’re eager to hear what we expect to be her most complete album.
Passionate vocals pack the track-list of every Goapele release, delivering empowering music endlessly. Through the years Goapele has maintained a strong foundation of family and fans that continue to be supportive as she evolves musically and personally. Beginning with the single “Play” and moving into the full album, Break of Dawn Goapele has emerged back onto the music scene, reiterating she is the modern day Queen of Soul.
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