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Exclusive: Goapele Talks ‘Dreamseeker’ EP, Humanitarian Work, Motherhood & More


The meaning of Goapele‘s name, “to move forward” fits her gazelle like style. Every time we hear her enchanting vocals, ours souls start to flow. After 16 years, we still dig her instant classic “Closer,” which has racked up over 7 million Spotify streams. Her latest project, Dreamseeker arouses what should be and what already is, with conscious lyricism and soothing, yet stimulating soundscapes.

ThisisRnB’s Rocki recently spoke with the Bay Area beauty about the Dreamseeker EP.  “It takes all different elements to make us whole,” says Goapele. “Just because it’s challenging times, doesn’t mean we can’t also feel good in moments and have fun. I also feel like music is more than just something to bump in a club. It should speak to all aspects of our lives.”

In addition to discussing her new music, working with BJ The Chicago Kid, and how motherhood inspires her, the songstress talked to us about her recent trip to South Africa with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “We’re trying to figure out what is going on, how can we get the awareness out there, how can we get rid of the stigma around HIV and AIDS, so more people can get treated and know their status,” said Goapele.

The multidimensional artist is a positive inspiration for us all. Check out the full interview below.

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Watch: Goapele Performs “Stand” Acoustic

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Soulful songstress Goapele is on the promotion trail in support of her new project, Dreamseeker.

The Oakland native recently stopped by the office of NYLON mag where she delivered a rousing and captivating acoustic performance of her song, “Stand.” Backed by just a guitarist, the singer-songwriter sang the socially conscious lyrics with a soothing ease and stirring flight.

Following the performance, Goapele spoke about writing and recording the song.

“This song ‘Stand’ that I performed today, I started writing some years ago when Oscar Grant was murdered by the BART police in Oakland,” she explained. “And you know, it’s such a common story of how many African-American youth have been affected by police brutality or whose lives have been taken away, and, I really felt like, at this time now where racism is almost publicly accepted, and immigrants are being attacked, and women’s rights are being taken away, it was time to finally put out this song and just say you know, what’s my responsibility?”

Watch Goapele’s special acoustic performance of “Stand” below.

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New Video: Goapele – Secret

Hot on the heels of releasing her stellar new EP, Dreamseeker, soulful songstress Goapele debuts a visual for the sexy song, “Secret.”

Produced by CrakWav and with an interpolation of Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody,” Goapele has a secret to tell on the hypnotizing bedroom ballad.

Adorned in fashions from the Bad Butterfly Collection (a new womenswear collaboration by Project Runway finalist, Candice Cuoco, and Growing Up Hip Hop’s Vanessa Simmons), Goapele boldly explores her sultry and sensual side in the Sean Alexander-directed video that carries on the song’s seductive vibes with fishnets, an albino snake, and a sexy male muse.

Check out the video below, her Dreamseeker EP is available on all digital platforms now.

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Listen: Goapele Releases New EP, ‘Dreamseeker’

After teasing out critically acclaimed singles such as “Stay” featuring BJ The Chicago Kid, “Power” and “$ecret,” Goapele unveils her heavenly new EP, Dreamseeker.

The perfect mix of her signature soulful style that millions know and love as well a touch of modern panache and poise, the project represents a rebirth for the songstress. At the same time, she poetically ponders activism, motherhood, sensuality, and life throughout the 10 tracks.

Next up, she rounds out her successful Dreamseeker Tour with a victory lap of shows in her hometown of Oakland, CA.

Outside of music, Goapele is committed to activism and raising awareness. She is an active participant in the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and recently starred in a short film entitled Where Is Beauty, which addresses the pressures young women face with social media and beauty standards.

Stream the Dreamseeker EP below.

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New Music: Goapele feat. BJ The Chicago Kid – Stay

Goapele isn’t playing any games, well maybe some bedroom ones (wink), with her new weekly releases. Following, “Power” and “Secret,” the sultry songstress delivers a very sexy duet ballad.

The Oakland songstress calls on Chicago crooner, BJ The Chicago Kid to join her and spend the night on “Stay.”

Over production by Cornelio Austin, Goapele proposes a longer stay with her lover, “Won’t you just stay a little longer / Love a little stronger / Right here is where you belong, with me,” she sings.

Meanwhile, BJ admits there are a lot of temptations in this world, but his love remains with his woman at home. “The world outside is a tempting place / But can’t compare or can’t replace / What we have it something so unique,” he sings.

“Stay” is the fourth release off Goapele’s new EP, Dreamseeker, due out May 19. The set follows her 2014 album, Strong As Glass.

Take a listen below.

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New Video: Goapele – Dreamseeker

In a seemingly endless field of vibrant yellow wildflowers, Goapeles delivers euphoric vocals over exceptionally smooth production in her breathtaking visuals for “Dreamseeker.”  Directed by Sean Alexander, the video follows the sun-kissed singer basking in California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument, embracing life around her. The title track, produced by Mike Tiger, serves as an introduction to her forthcoming EP, Dreamseeker, out May 19.

The follow-up to 2014’s Strong As Glass, has already spawned the infectious first single, “Power,” the seductive song, “Secret” with a nod to Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody,” and it will feature an appearance from BJ The Chicago Kid on the standout track, “Stay.

According to Goapele, the video was shot after the wildflower “super bloom” that erupted in the wake of a rainy winter in Calif. “When I read about the super bloom I knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture,” she tells Rap-Up. “I wanted something whimsical and otherworldly to visually express the vibe of the music. Being amongst these epic wildflowers was like the trip to heaven in the movie ‘What dreams may come.’ I couldn’t ask for a better setting to intro my Dreamseeker EP.”

Goapele is currently on her “Dreamseeker Tour,” which kicked off in April and is closing in her hometown, Oakland, CA 5/18-5/21.

Check out the video below.

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New Music: Goapele – Secret

Goapele returned last week with the feel-good, love-based single “Power,” and today (May 5) the angelic vocalist follows up right away with the sultry new song, “Secret.”

The Bay Area songstress borrows from Aaliyah with an interpolation of “Are You That Somebody,” on the melodic slow jam, which is the second release off her forthcoming EP, Dreamseeker, due out May 19.  Over chilling keys and a thumping 808, Goapele sings about an intoxicating, intimate relationship.

“Cause I can’t let you know / I got a secret / I hope you’re responsible / I got a secret / You bring the freak right out of me / I got a secret, can’t keep it / Say yes or say no,” she sings.

Following 2014’s Strong As Glass album, the Dreamseeker EP is said to see Goapele confidently embrace a boundless musical palette, while lyrically exploring sensuality, social consciousness, and motherhood.

“I’m a woman, but I’m also a whole person who won’t be confined to any one box,” she explained about the project. “Nobody is just one thing. Within any race, within any genre, and within any neighborhood, there’s so much diversity. As artists and especially as women of color, we have to be proud of that. I’m coming from an honest place and expressing the different parts of myself that make me whole.”

Take a listen to “Secret” below.

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New Music: Goapele – Power

The angelic voice of Goapele graces our ears today with her brand new single, “Power.”

The Bay Area songstress has returned with her first release since her 2014 album Strong As Glass, and the first taste of her forthcoming EP, Dreamseeker, due out May 19.

Singing about feeling as high as the sun and being completely fulfilled, Goapele is overcome with the power of unconditional love.

“Greatest gift I ever won is you in my world / Straight through my heart like a gun / I was numb / Full of wonder overcome / You’re who lead me here / Now forever we are one,” she sings over the infectious blend of tribal percussions, silky bass and light synths.

Celebrate an empowering love with Goapele below.

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