Life is good.
I just got back from Seattle, Washington helping my cousin Kelly aka Kelle Belle settle into town and wouldn’t you know it, it’s the weekend of Bumbershoot! But wait—it gets better! One of my all time favorite people and recording artists is performing—and I am in town to see it.
Ladies and gents, I am here to tell you that if you are not up on game about Choklate and her self-titled debut album on Kajmere Records—you’re missing out. The sista is bad and she’s just cool peeps to hang out with too.
On her way to St. Louis and then to Atlanta, before she boarded her flight she did a full set for Seattle’s annual Bumbershoot Festival—which I liken to a modern day Woodstock and L.A.’s Coachella Music Festival.
Keyshia Cole may have stole the show on Sunday night, but it was Choklate’s turn to reign supreme on Monday as she performed songs from her debut album “Choklate” and her Spring 2009 forthcoming album.
If you don’t know, Choklate is a beautiful dynamic Seattle-based singer/songwriter who released her highly acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2006 featuring production by Seattle’s finest producers: Vitamin D, Bean One, Jake One, Kuddie Mak, Jay Townsend and Amos Miller.
The sista wrote and vocally arranged all of the songs on her album—which is rare these days with our commercially processed pop music acts.
She was nominated for a SoulTracks award (www.soultracks.com) for ’Female Vocalist of The Year’ and she won a HoneySoul Best Of 2006 Award (www.honeysoul.com) for her self-titled debut album. HoneySoul voted “Choklate” one of its 6 Best Soul Albums of 2006.
An amazing performer, Choklate sells out shows coast to coast.
One of the reasons that I dig her so much is because when I was going through that whole relationship drama—I mean trauma—and my weight loss last year, it was Choklate’s album that I listened to, among others, to inspire me and keep me motivated.
H/t to Jeff for putting me up on game about Choklate. You done good son.
When I completed my documentary “The Incredibly True Adventures of Sistas of the Canyon,” it was Choklate’s song “Waitin” that I used during the credits.
Her debut album is still in heavy rotation in my iPod, car, and house. I can’t live without it.
But trip—why is Choklate doing a show in Oakland a couple of days before my birthday and why did she offer to perform at my birthday party on October 21 in Los Angeles?
It is so on…details to come soon. I am so psyched!!!!
Well, anyway, I wanted to share with you a clip of Choklate performing one my favorite tracks by her, “Waitin,” at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, Washington on Labor Day. Enjoy and if you haven’t copped that album, what are you waiting for?