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About Meshell Ndegeocello

Canonized, marginalized or just scrutinized, Meshell Ndegeocello has given up trying to explain herself. After 20 years in an industry that has called her everything from Avant-Garde to a dying breed, what unquestionably remains is the fearsome bassist, prolific songwriter and the creativity and curiosity of an authentic musical force. With that, she has earned critical acclaim, the unfailing respect of fellow players, songwriters and composers, and the dedication of her diverse, unclassifiable fans.

Devil's Halo, Meshell's 8th album harkens back to the way records used to be made: no click track or electronic synthetics, with a focus on musicianship and live band energy. Produced by Meshell and guitarist Chris Bruce, and influenced by a wide breadth of sounds - from The Human League to Wu Tang to Yes - Devil's Halo displays Meshell's vocals and diversity throughout.

A vast array of influences have informed all of her albums, including Devil's Halo, and there are traces of her native go-go, hip hop, rock, R&B, new wave and punk in each. A bass player above all else, Meshell brings her signature warm, fat, and melodic groove to everything she does and has appeared alongside the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, James Blood Ulmer, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tony Allen, John Medeski, Billy Preston, and Chaka Khan. As for her own bass-playing influences, she credits Sting, Jaco Pastorius, Family Man Barrington, and Stevie Wonder. Meshell was the first woman to be featured on the cover of Bass Player magazine and remains one of few women who lead the band and write the music.

Meshell offers a broad range of lyrical voices and selves to Devil's Halo's twelve songs... the searcher, the skeptic, the dissenter, and the lover. True to form, offering compositions with raging climaxes alongside moments of terrifying tenderness and honesty. Genre-defiant as ever, Devil's Halo asks for the real fans of exploration to please stand up.