In one breath, Goapele is urging social change and personal transformation. In another breath, she is penning sensual and introspective R&B tracks. In between, she’s as soulful as ever. This delicate sonic shapeshifting was introduced on her now classic 2001 debut album. “Even Closer”, yielded the iconic anthem “Closer”, which has quietly racked up tens of millions of plays, downloads, sales and impressions. The title track of her fourth album, Strong As Glass, endures as a women’s anthem. While hypnotic bass heavy songs like “Play”, from Break of Dawn display a more sensual side of Goapele, songs such as “Stand” continue in the tradition of movement music. Essence claimed, “her voice is the stuff of dreams” and Huffington Post called her “a driving motivational force for many women.” Goapele is an Indie Artist role model, who has always been able to stay true to her vision, with the support of her family run record label, Skyblaze Recordings.
Diversity comes naturally to the South African (Tswana-Sotho), German-Jewish, Oakland-born singer/songwriter, producer, activist, actress and designer. Her unique influence can be found in moments throughout R&B, soul, and hip-hop over the past two decades. Over the course of touring the world and releasing five albums, she has embraced the opportunity to work with a wide array of collaborators including Snoop Dogg, BJ The Chicago Kid, Hieroglyphics, Eric Benét, Soulive, E-40, Mike Aaberg, Kieth Harris, Cassper Nyovest and Jeff Bhasker.
In film and television, some of her notable musical contributions have been in: Honey, Power, Black Lightning, 90210, Baggage Claim, Zulu Wedding and the documentary Homeroom. As well as writing the timely song, “Borders” for an upcoming film on family separation. She appeared in the feature movie Sparkle, and with the likes of Gabrielle Union and Alfre Woodard in Ava DuVernay’s fashion short film, The Door, for Miu Miu. She was an executive producer and appeared in the art-noir, experimental short film #WhereIsBeauty.
Outside of entertainment, Goapele continues to be a dedicated mother and community builder to support the call for social justice. She has worked with multiple prison reform efforts including Common’s Imagine Justice Organization, Represent Justice, and A New Way Of Life Foundation. An advocate for healthy living, she has been the face of several public health campaigns, from the California Tobacco Control Program to AIDS HealthCare Foundation’s ‘Rise Above’ campaign in the US and South Africa. Her passion has led her to become involved in the Movement For Black Lives, The Agape Spiritual Center and more.
Goapele is currently recording her sixth project, and has decided to do it in an unconventional way. Being an Artist with synesthesia, which is a combining of the senses, Goapele has been waiting for an opportunity to introduce her music in a way where the audience can partake in more than just listening. In collaboration with her lifestyle brand Dreamseeker, this time she will be sharing songs as an immersive experience, beginning with the capsule release of Tone Series 01 “Color my heart”, where two love songs come with a curated scent and correlating merchandise. Visit Dreamseeker.shop to find out more on Tone Series.