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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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ThisisRnB Nights: Goapele Performs at Highline Ballroom (NYC)

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On Friday evening the place to be was Highline Ballroom in New York City for another exceptional show from Bay Area native Goapele.

Set up with tables in front for couples to get their drink and dine on, while the songstress serenaded the room performing fan favorites off her past albums, and most recent release Strong As Glass.

With today being the singer’s 38th birthday she was surprised on stage by friends, including actor Omari Hardwick, who presented her with a cake.

Check out our exclusive photos below:

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ThisisRnB Nights: Eric Benét & Friends Live at The Conga Room L.A. (Starring CeeLo, Goapele, V. Bozeman, Angie Fisher & Lalah Hathaway)

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Los Angeles R&B fans enjoyed a night to remember on Friday at The Conga Room.  Kicking off the brand new showcase series ‘Neo-Soul Concerts Presents: Eric Benét & Friends,’ the Grammy nominated singer gave the packed house their monies worth and then some!

Set up as a special monthly concert for Eric and his fellow artist fiends to celebrate “real R&B music” with a live band, last night’s show brought out CeeLo Green, Goapele, Angie Fisher, V. Bozeman from the hit television show “Empire,” and special surprise guests David Foster and Lalah Hathaway.

“I’m really excited to kick off this monthly showcase in the city where I live! I can’t remember a time when LA had a consistent home to showcase talent and performances of this caliber and we need to bring it back,” said Benét.

The evening kicked off with host Chris Spencer (comedian and executive producer of BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood”) getting the crowd warmed up for a great night of music and entertainment. Eric wasted no time hitting the stage performing some of his fan favorites before bringing out the first guest of the night, Angie Fisher (Hear her amazing song “IRS” here). Next up was rising vocalist V. Bozeman who delighted the crowd with her talents. The vocals ran heavy last night as Goapele followed V and soothed everyone with her sultry tone, performing solo material as well as her duet “My Love” with Eric Benét.

The main headliner was the incomparable CeeLo Green who rocked the crowd with his many hits, but Eric had some surprises in store for the audience when he invited legendary singer/songwriter/composer David Foster on stage. Eric performed samples of David’s many classic hits while he laid the background on piano. As if that wasn’t enough Eric also brought out vocalist Lalah Hathaway for a brief performance, and rapper YoYo hit the stage as well.

What a great night it was! Check out our exclusive photos below:

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