Goapele (born Goapele Mohlabane on July 11, 1977) is an American singer and songwriter known for her soulful and eclectic musical style. Raised in Oakland, California, she emerged in the early 2000s with a distinct blend of R&B, neo-soul, and jazz influences. Goapele gained recognition for her debut album, “Even Closer” (2002), featuring the hit single “Closer.” Her music often addresses social issues and personal growth, and she is celebrated for her emotive vocals and introspective lyrics. Over the years, Goapele has continued to release albums, such as “Change It All” (2005) and “Dreamseeker” (2017), maintaining her reputation as a talented and socially conscious artist in the realm of contemporary R&B and soul.

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