In the glass menagerie of contemporary Black music, rife with coquettish, cookie-cutter dolls and R&B thugs, it’s apparent that Goapele stands alone. With an incomparable ethereal vocal flair that has garnered her years of critical acclaim, she is truly an anomaly in a marketplace incessantly focused on commodities. Ask devout soul aficionados and they will tell you she possesses one of the most alluring voices, comprised of signature throaty moans injecting poignant words with both passion and substance invoking all things old yet somehow manages to be refreshingly new. She is quietly Seductive, Sexy, Galvanizing and Sweet. In an industry that advocates monotony, Goapele is an autonomist - a poster girl for individualism and perhaps because of her cultural heritage, a non-conformist. Equally influenced by Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley and Portishead as she was by Miriam Makeba, Zulu Spears and Hugh Masekela, the Oakland native brings a well-needed enigmatic presence to a mundane industry that is devoid of innovative magic and fascination, but thick with semblance.