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We love to see when talented backup singers decide to go solo. Former Erykah Badu backup singers, Yahzarah and N'Dambi are great examples of fiery solo talent with a history in high profile background singing gigs. New Jersey based singer Natalie Imani is paving her way to be yet another vocal force. Touting John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Jazmine Sullivan, and Nicki Minaj as lead acts she's backed, her resume is definitely quite impressive.
Above, Natalie speaks candidly about her journey from a 9-to-5 to embracing singing as a career. Below, you can take a listen to Natalie's debut EP, Passion Mark, where the rich toned lady showcases a comforting classic R&B voice. If you like Jazmine Sullivan, you'll appreciate the parallels these two share.
As Gilles was in Miami this week having such a great time with us at WMC, this edition of Gilles Peterson Worldwide features no special guests. Instead Gilles plays popular tracks from his sets at the London nightclub Plastic People, which is in danger of being shut down. Highlights include a live version of Bill Withers' "Grandma's Hands," jazz favorites like Pharoah Sanders and Cal Tjader and new soul like N'Dambi and Menahan Street Band.
Stream Part 1
Stream Part 2