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IT'S ALIVE: Meshell Ndegeocello "Towers" (2023)

It's Alive briefly devotes the airwaves to live music everyday at 1pm. Tune in today hear this performance and more live tracks!

Happy Birthday to Meshell Ndegeocello! The American singer-songwriter and bassist was born Michelle Lynn Johnson in Berlin, Germany to a US Army Sergeant Major/saxophonist father and healthcare worker mother. They raised her in Washington, D.C. where she would later gain musical experience in the city’s “go-go” circuit during the late 1980s. She was one of the first artists signed to the Madonna-co-founded label Maverick Records, where she would release her debut album Plantation Lullabies.

The critically acclaimed artist has released a total of 13 studio albums, and earned 11 Grammy nominations, with one win. Her early work is often attributed to the beginnings of the neo-soul movement. She most recently released her first album with prestigious jazz label Blue Note Records, The Omnichord Real Book. This video captures a studio performance of the album’s “Towers” featuring vibraphonist Joel Ross.

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