Thinking I was hip to the semi-annual recent releases from Columbia, SC-bred soul singer, Collette, nothing but excitement arose when word of her second album was releasing. While going to keep an eye on the live soul scene in NYC, I ran into this budding talent every time. Known for her model stature, smile and super positive energy, ColumbiaSoul has taken on her new album project, accomplished a lot so far and have way more to work with; this project is the perfect springboard and palette for collaborations, remixes and live suites already. In rotation already at The Briggs Report are both her last independent single which won acclaim from John Legend’s Christmas Songwriting Competition and her remakes EP, where she covered some new age classics in soul and R&B. Her tracks Keep Christmas Alive, and Orange Moon always seem to follow and precede some heavy hitting A List soulstars like Sy Smith or Yahzarah, thereby putting herself in the company of greatness with her recording ability.
But it’s the live show that tells it all. After witnessing her momentarily at the CASRAM Festival 2010 with Abby Dobson and again at a few events in NYC, we agree she is an undeniable live talent, as well as an impressive studio vocalist. The quality of her recordings are industry and radio ready, which is hard to achieve in just a few short projects, but this young star has it….and she raps too. Collette has a lot to prove since her last remakes EP Coco By Request, which was very creative and thoughtful but of course lacked originality. No matter what us consumers think, the EP cleverly placed her voice next to the artists she gainfully flattered, and even added a much needed revitalization and attention to her freshman album and other works.
Having primed our ears to her voice and writing, then improving her studio sound with some clever remakes and winning a national songwriting competition, COLLETTE has definitely entered into her own on this project. Juneteenth Revolution is vibrant, liberating, percussive, and uplifting; I feel like playing the drums and changing the world. This upbeat project along with her discography is affording her opportunities to perform and record with artists like Eric Roberson, Monet, Darien Dean & Choklate. Collete’s writing on this project is loving, melodious and intent on changing your mood. Her rapping or scatting over these intense beats and harmonies came as no surprise, it was organic and expected, especially in songs like Material Star with Akil Dasan where she dropped a verse or scatting over adlibs in Dead Wrong. Collette is versatile and beautiful, hardworking and musically inclined, raps and sings effortlessly, and seems to do it all with such ease.
Catch Collette live in Washington, DC at the historic Ben’s Next Door for their live music special, on December 4th and in New York City at Drom on December 29th. Accompanied by her DC Live Performance, Collete’s new album Juneteenth Revolution will release on iTunes and Amazon, for your consumption. Take a sneak listen to her project at her website http://www.collettemusic.com, there you can also find information on her t-shirt design contest and other shows and promotions. Lastly, we always leave you with a visual gem, here is the new video from the upcoming album, Material Star (Remix) ft. Akil Dasan.