Amel Larrieux's Natural Hair Journey- Exclusive!

Original hair idol and music legend Amel Larrieux is On the Couch. And just for the record, this one's for me, not for y'all! I've been fawning over her hair for years and it was amazing to finally chat about her iconic curls and waves. Enjoy!

CN: How long have you been natural?
Amel: I've been natural since I was 17. When I was a teenager, I used to get my hair relaxed and when I turned 16, I stopped and had my hair twisted and it locked up. I had locks for 2 years. Then I cut my locks off when I was 19 and my hair has been completely natural ever since.

CN: Why did you stop getting relaxers?
Amel: I got really involved in African history and my roots, and I was very Afrocentric at the time. I wore big head wraps and I was studying a little bit about Rastafari and hanging out in Harlem on 125th street... back when it was very much a time when people were talking about our culture... lots of Black owned book stores. It influenced me a lot and I realized that they (relaxers) were not for me.

Also, my mother has always been natural so I think that I kind of went through the prerequisite 'straightening my hair to fit in with other people', but by the time I was 17, I was finding my individuality and a part of that, was being natural.

Feb. 2011

CN: How would you describe your hair?
Amel: I have two very distinct grains. The top part of my hair is a thicker, coarser grain with cork screw curls and the bottom part is almost completely straight. You can't treat both parts the same. I've only encountered 1 or 2 stylists that know what to do with it, which is why I usually do it myself.

CN: I came across an old interview where you discussed your hair routine and products... it's several years old and I wonder how your regimen differs from that time? I remember some old school products and lots of braid-outs...
Amel: It's basically the same, except for the last 6 years I've been using organic products. I don't use any of the old school stuff anymore because unfortunately, it doesn't have the best ingredients. Plus, there are so many more organic things available now than there were before. Everything... your hair, your skin, leads back into your blood and your body. Now, everything that I put on me is basically organic.

I still wash my hair every week unless I'm really busy. I have very curly corkscrew hair and although sometimes I'll let it air dry naturally, I usually braid it. And every night I braid my hair because if I don't, it'll lock up! The curls are so curly that they lock together very quickly. My secret is moisturizing it before I braid it. And it's really also about the products that I use.

I deep condition every time I wash my hair for around 10 to 15 minutes. After applying the conditioner, I'll put on saran wrap or a plastic cap and sit in the sun or just keep it on as long as possible. My favorite deep conditioners right now are Kerastase Oleo Relax, Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Tropical Rich Mask and the PhytoSpecific Intense Nutrition Mask. I also like the PhytoSpecific Kukui Oil Shampoo.

I try to get my hair trimmed twice a month. I don't wear my hair long anymore... I just prefer to have it shorter. I pretty much keep it at shoulder length now. I may wear it long again one day but for now, I really like it at my shoulders because it's really modern, easy and fun! I have a person who knows how to trim curly hair... she actually can trim my hair without giving me split ends. She makes my hair look better every time she trims it. I appreciate this because many stylists can make matters worse.

CN: You mentioned Phyto, Kerastase and Bumble and Bumble, what other products are you digging?
Amel: Using the best combination of products is an ever changing thing. I won't stick with the same thing for more than 4 months because my hair kinda becomes immune to it, so I switch around.

I love the PhytoSpecific brand. It's one of my favorites and I always come back to it. I also like Shea Moisture, which I know is Black owned and that makes me very happy. I love the Organic Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk. I love it so much that I don't even know what to do. It works so well. It repairs any and all problems. I use it at night before I braid my hair.

I am a person that likes my hair frizzy and wavy, not a person that's concerned about it looking silky and curly. I grew up on Chaka Khan and Diana Ross, I like big hair. I like frizzy hair, I think it's beautiful and it looks like a cloud! It took me many years to embrace that part of my hair. I'm not into gelled looking hair and these products don't make my hair look gelled or defined, it makes it soft and wavy like a beautiful cloud [laughter].


CN: Can you tell me more about your night time braiding routine? Do you wet your hair before applying the Organic Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk?
Amel: I apply it to my dry hair. I've learned that water is my hair's enemy. That is one of the reasons why I stopped wearing my hair naturally curly all the time. You know, like when you get out of the shower and let it air dry? I had to wet it every day and it really dried my hair out. The braiding works better for me.


CN; What would you tell a woman who is contemplating going natural?
Amel: Well, it's such a personal thing. As Black people, we have so much weight, so much luggage, baggage that comes with it all... all the stuff we've been through for decades, how we're not right, in terms of our beauty and our attributes. Every commercial is like, 'get rid of frizz, relax your hair', and i know it's for white people as well, but still. I know how extremely intense it can be for someone to make the change and then feel the reactions from people. When I cut my locks off and had hair that was one inch long, the kind of reactions I got from people I knew and didn't know... it was astonishing. It was astonishing that my hair mattered that much. That it made such a difference that they had to give me their opinion... that they were so offended or whatever. I just really believe that people have to do what's right for them in their own time. It's definitely more time consuming. We all have different hair and some might find that braiding their hair is not the thing, that they have to do knots at night, or pin curls at night. Someone else might let it be completely free and natural. I just really want women of color to feel good about themselves without having to compromise or without having to fit into someone else's standard of beauty. And sometimes it's a really long road. Everything in our society has been anti-black anything for many years, so it's totally understandable.

CN: What projects are your working on?
Amel: I'm mixing my new album that will be out early next year. It's going to be called 'Ice Cream Everyday' and I do spot dates all the time. I'm not doing a full length tour right now, but I love to do live shows, they're so much fun!

Keep up with Amel on her website and Twitter.

CN Adds-
Later, we discussed her curl's objection to being watered too often and how I can totally relate. My hair seems to do better with these dry sets... applying product to my dry hair prior to twisting. It stays moisturized for much, much longer and gives me that soft, perfect 'cloud' like frizz she was talking 'bout! #thatisall

Introducing Mara Hruby!

prepared by Candice Rigdon for

A single word comes to mind when being introduced to Mara Hruby: Enlightened. So enlightened, that last year, the young Indie-Soul singer with an angelic voice released her debut EP “From Her Eyes” – an incredible, soul stirring collection of re-envisioned cover songs….for free. The response to this eclectic songstress, her effortless style, engaging voice & calming spirit has been overwhelming. She’s simply one of those people who make you feel happy after speaking with her
. ……And we’re just getting to know her.

Tell us about you: where you’re from, how long you’ve been singing….we even heard you dance!

MH: I’m from Oakland, CA; I’ve never lived anywhere else. I LOVE the Bay Area! It’s wonderful & cultured & full of life. I’ve been singing since I was very young, but I’ve been professionally singing about 2-3 years now. I’ve always loved music. Everything it did to me, everything it meant to me….I ADORE it.

Tell us about your dance experience
MH: I danced for seven years as part of the New Style Motherlode Dance Company. But, it goes back to my love for music – the music moved me, literally, to dance, ha ha! It’s funny though because about 6 months ago my mother found a letter my pre-school teacher wrote to me. It said: “Never stop singing; you’ll change the world with your voice!” The whole singing thing as a career is still new to me, but it makes me happy.

Cover songs are not easy! Comparisons are inevitable, but on your EP “From Her Eyes” you’ve refashioned familiar music in such a way that they are embraced as completely original. Where do you draw your inspiration from
MH: It is hard! I drew my inspiration from the pure love I have for music and the power it holds. The artists that I covered, they are phenomenal to me, so it was a tribute more so. I didn’t want it to be imitation; it was about how the songs made me feel. I wanted to portray those feelings through the music.

Jamiroquai. Al Green. Mos Def. “From Her Eyes” puts a classically modern spin on hit tunes sung by male artists. Such a bold move. Why
MH: It was a challenge. I wanted people to know my perspective as a woman. Women are powerful & there are so many things we are capable of, but we’re viewed differently. It was important to me to give my perspective on the stories told by those men to display my powerful sensitivity.

Tell us about your new video, “Character.”

MH: It was so much fun! I got the chance to work with Melinda James of About Her Films. We shot the video in my home, which is what I call “The Attic of Love” lol! It’s the second video shot at my home, the first was “Stereolab (Lose Myself)”. I wanted to show a side of myself that was personal. People (in videos) show themselves in such a “done up” way rather than show the process of getting to what you want to be the final product. I wanted to show all the things that make me happy: writing, creativity, music, cars (that’s my fathers car I’m driving in the video, so that’s a big deal for me), and being around people. Things that are involved in my normal life….that’s what I wanted to show.

You easily reflect an elegant 1940’s flavor that you carry so well! There’s an enviable sense of ownership in your personal style. Tell us about it
MH: The 1940’s & 1950’s are my favorite era as far as beauty, glamour, fashion & how people carry themselves. I started collecting vintage dresses four years ago. I love being able to go to a thrift/vintage store and find a beautiful dress that fits well and tells a story! I love dresses that drive you to want to know what it has seen and lived through. Clothes back then were well crafted, tailored & built to last. Now, we have disposable, “fast food” clothing.

Now, our readers are going to flip about that gorgeous head of hair! Can you tell us about your hairstory, & how you maintain your beautiful tresses?
MH: (Editor’s note – Mara is extremely joyful upon hearing this question; her voice is literally dancing!) No one has ever asked me about my hair before! It’s exciting! I haven’t always embraced my curly hair, which is sad, I know. I wanted to have hair like my mother, who had bone straight hair. But my hair has always been wild and curly. It took me quite a while to finally accept and love my hair for what it naturally was.

WOW…what an amazing testimony!
MH: I cut my hair off in junior high. For some reason, my long hair became the topic of conversation & criticism & ultimately a source of insecurity for me. I didn’t think that hair was supposed to define someone’s character, but for some reason people judged me. People would evaluate what kind of person I was based on the texture of my hair. They would say “Oh, she got that good hair…she thinks she’s better than us” and it would really hurt my feelings.

Really?! Really
MH: Yes. I was so frustrated with all attention and focus and mean comments, I cut my hair short – like Halle Berry short! I did it so people would stop talking, but that only spawned MORE criticism. I felt it was a stupid decision – changing my appearance for other people. You’re who you are for a reason, and for that you are beautiful.

What were some of your hair mishaps
MH: I wore my hair short for the rest of junior high; in high school, I started growing it back out & by the time I graduated it was down to my shoulders. I dyed it….A LOT through that whole short hair time period. I came to realize that I had been expressing a lot through my hair as a form of my creativity. And I finally wanted to do what made ME happy, which was let go of my fear and act on my dreams.

So how long have you been natural?
MH: I’ve been fully natural for the last 5-6 years now. And I haven’t dyed my hair since 2007. I love my hair now, I really truly embrace it!

It looks incredibly healthy! What do you do to take care of those smiling curls?
MH: I try not to straighten my hair too much or apply too much heat to it, except for when I style it for my shows. (I use heat protectors for that; Pureology’s Colour Stylist Heat Spray). I try to use natural products because I don’t want to put too much “gunk” in my hair. Right now, I use Organics Olive Oil Creamy Aloe Shampoo because I wanted a gentle and more natural cleanser. To condition in the shower, I use the Dove Intensive Repair line, either the conditioner for heat protection or moisture. Once my hair is washed, I scrunch in Pure Aloe Vera gel while my hair is wet, my favorite kind is the Aloe Vera Gel from Trader Joe’s. It’s a great way to seal in moisture and give great shine to your hair. Four months ago, I started using Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk alternating it with the Shea Moisture Yucca & Aloe Volumizing Conditioner because I wanted to be proactive in taking better care of my hair. Shea Moisture is a good friend of mine! I use it after I use the Aloe Vera Gel, and then I scrunch my hair dry with a towel. After those steps I let it air dry or I use a diffuser if I’m in a rush. Even though my hair visually is thick, the individual strands are very thin and fine, so I prefer to use products that won’t weigh it down and make it oily. But right now, I adore the Shea Moisture products… they are my favorite!

OMG, mine, too!!!! I love the Curl & Style Milk! So how would you describe your hair type
MH: (laughing) I just learned there were different names for hair types! I never knew! My hair is thin/fine yet big & full! I think that makes me between a 3a and 3b. To be honest, I feel I’ve been blessed to have a really simple routine. It’s very easy to maintain and keep healthy, but I have to wash my hair about every 3 days because it gets oily quickly. I always look at someone with similar textures to mine to see how they care for theirs. But it’s really trial & error. I have to find what suits me best.

So you don’t venture out into protective styling
MH: I read the Corinne Bailey Rae interview, it was so informative! I’ve never done a braid out, twisting or anything like that. But I will smooth my wet hair into a ponytail, twist it into a tight bun & when it dries, I take it down & shake it out.

Lol, that’s what we call a “bun out!”
MH: Oh, really? There’s a name for everything! That’s why I love the natural hair community…and it’s about time! Women of color, we go through a lot with our hair. It’s a process. And there’s a lot of insecurity that goes along with our hair. But natural hair is so beautiful; I hope the trend never goes away!

Are there any products you haven’t tried that you’d like to give a test run on your curls
MH: It blows my mind how many natural products there are! But natural products can be pretty pricey. My goal is to use Bumble & Bumble products for my washing and conditioning because their products are wonderful, but they are sooo expensive! I like to be smart with my dollars, so anything I try has to be cost efficient for the pocket!

You sing, you dance, you take awesome care of your hair. But you also make beautiful hand-crafted jewelry & scarves
MH: Yes I do! I even sell them at my shows. I’ve always loved being crafty. I feel inspired and I just go out and find resources/materials so I can create. I just go with my intuition. It’s just my way of showing more creativity. (Ed’s note - Mara’s handmade goods are sold through her website under “Merch” or

You’re planning to release an album of original songs written by yourself in 2012. What story do you want listeners to receive from your recordings?
MH: Well, I can’t tell people how to feel and I don’t want to, but I want to inspire them to think about what the song is trying to communicate. I always pray people realize the passion I put into my music. I want people to know I really love what I do. I’m genuine and truthful & try to display what comes naturally.

You’re right in the middle of seeing your dreams come true. How do you feel?
MH: I feel honored, humbled, flattered & elated….this is something I’ve worked really hard at. It can be grueling at times, & there is the realization of being a tormented artist. But I’m so happy people are taking in my music the way they are. I can’t wait to keep going, & go on tour. I truly love what I do!

What’s next for you?
MH: Finishing up my album for the 2012 release & releasing two more music videos! I’m also going to be playing 11/15 in New York, 11/16 in Philly & 11/17 in DC. My main focus right now is finishing the album, but I’m forever going to put out visuals!

What would you like to leave our readers with
MH: I’d say the most important lesson I’ve learned is to live for yourself and what you believe in. We are in charge of our own destiny. Go for what you love and believe in your natural talents!

Catch Mara Hruby on the Night With A Muse Tour next week:
New York: 11/15
Philly: 11/16
DC: 11/17

For ticket information or to learn more about Mara, connect with her on the internet: Http://

Mara's interview with Jay Z's blog--

Beyonce Dancer Ashley Everett 'On The Couch'!

by Candice Rigdon of The Frizzness

I was so excited to chat with this young lady, who kind of doesn't need an introduction because her exquisite afro is familiar to millions of Beyonce fans, especially after being featured in the “Single Ladies” video! Chorus after of chorus of “Who is that?!” rang around the world when this beauty started burning the dance floor! She is incredibly fierce onstage, jaw-droppingly stunning, casually funny....and a really cool girl! Ok, I'm gushing a bit, but it's not every day we get to speak with one of our famous hair crushes, right? If you don't already know her, it's just a short time before you will: dancer, performer & Beyonce employee, Ashley Everett is Naturally Glamorous!

You are an AMAZING dancer! How long have you been dancing?
AE: I've been dancing my whole life! I started ballet at age 2; I was determined to learn & I loved it! Dance is my keeps me going.

Ok, so go back to when you learned Beyonce hired you (at 17 years old!). What went through your mind?
AE: DISBELIEF! (laughing). I thought: "Is this a joke? Am I getting punk'd?" I was in high school at the time, thinking "is this happening to me?" I was in shock; it was the best feeling ever!

What are rehearsals like?
AE: My LIFE is a rehearsal, ha ha! We are always in the studio rehearsing for something. We spend months of rehearsals with 8 hour days (or more) for appearances, another show, another performance. I love it!

Now, about THAT HAIR.....many of us forgot to exhale when we were introduced to your massive mane!
AE: Thank you! I've never permed it, but I did go through a phase when I discovered the flat iron. Then on tour in '07, I curled it all the time with a curling iron. After experiencing some damage, I decided not to put heat on it for as long as I could. That's when I started wearing the big curly afro that I've been rocking for a few years. Fans started writing in & Tweeting about my puff-puffs.

How do you care for your hair on tour?
AE: Well, I take care of it myself. I keep it conditioned because it dries out easily. And I use good products; all products made for natural hair.

Do you have a regimen?
AE: I keep it pretty simple. I use Morracan Intensive Curl Cream (it's in a pump) & I use it when my hair is wet. I also use Quidad Curl Holding Gel. It holds curls & doesn't weigh down the hair. I HATE those gels that weigh the hair down! I style 2-3 times a week, and let it air dry because it's so thick.

What's your secret to keeping your curls camera/stage ready?
AE: (giggles) I style my hair a day in advance when I want to look cute & I sleep on it for a day. It's just me, the pillow & my hair!

Hush your fuss...what you say?!
AE: That's it! We really don't have to spend that much time on our hair. I only use a couple of products, water & a plastic brush with the balls on the end. And my "black girl brush"....we ALL have a black girl brush, ha ha! I get trims every three months to keep it healthy & growing. I just stick to what I know. If it ain't broke....

Do strangers try to touch your 'fro?
AE: People are like, "Oh my GOD!" when they see my 'fro. It actually makes me feel good; they think it's the best thing ever. Most people ask "Can I touch IT?" like it's an alien baby. I think it's funny.

What are some mistakes you've made with your mane?
AE: When I was younger, I wanted straight, flowy hair. (I haven't always loved it). Everybody's hair is different, & my hair went through phases....including heat damage. My ends were fried, so I had to cut a few inches off & start fresh.

AE: I know, right?! To anyone's who new to natural hair, we have to maintain our hair & BE PATIENT. Consistency is key. (I had to re-train my hair). Get in a regular routine, OWN your hair, & LOVE it. If you love it, other people will love it as well.

So how do you deal with a bad hair day?
AE: I just rock it like it's hot, ha ha!

*(I start asking the next question, but Ash excitedly jumps in....)*

AE: Oh my God, I have to tell you about this! There was this one time when my hair caught on fire in a restaurant!

AE: Let me tell you: So, we're sitting in a booth & candles were lit behind us, and my 'fro sort of went up in flames! My dad saw it before I knew what was going on & put me in a headlock; then I smelled it.....OH MY GOD! !!! Hair fizzles up so quickly & I had a big chunk of it burn - I thought I was going to be bald! By the time I got home I couldn't even find the short pieces because I have so much hair.

O.M.G. - no words.
AE: They comped the meal, though.

Wow. So what's next for your gorgeous locks?
AE: I'm not tired of my 'fro yet, so I'll just keep rocking it.

...and what's next for YOU?
AE: Well, I've been enjoying a break; it's nice to have time off & be home. I'm doing things I haven't done yet during this time. I'm just excited to see where the journey takes me!

Any advice for girls who dream of dancing?
AE: Definitely! Take as many classes as you can. The more training you have, the more confident you'll be! It's always easier to switch gears with proper training under your belt; then you'll gain more experience.

What keeps you inspired?
AE: Beyonce works so hard - her drive makes me want to work hard, too. And I love the fans! After doing this for a few years & building a fan base, they keep me going. If I can inspire one person & show them dreams can come true, I'm happy.

You can find Ashley on Facebook (Ashley Everett) or Twitter: @ashleycmeverett

'Reed Between the Line's' Zoe Hendrix on Natural Hair

OMGosh y'all, timeout. Can we please take a moment to discuss the amazing hair that's being showcased weekly on BET's new sitcom 'Reed Between the Lines'? I mean, for real. It's RIDIC. First of all, you have Tracee Ellis Ross, the original hair idol, vanguard and fashion icon... I mean, I watch (and enjoy!) repeats of 'Girlfriends' just to ogle her hair! But I digress. On screen, Tracee is accompanied by two lovely young ladies that play her daughters-- Zoe Soul as Kaci and Zoe Hendrix as Alexis. I was lucky enough to catch up with the super frickin adorable Zoe Hendrix and her mother Shantel, to talk life on set and hair, of course! Enjoy!

Tell us a little bit about your character on the show. How were you chosen for the roll?

Zoe - My character is Alexis Reed, she's 7 years old. She really loves animals. I was chosen for the role because I was funny.

How do you remember your lines for the show? What is your day like on the set? What is it like to play Malcolm Jamal's and Tracee's daughter?

Zoe - Repeating my lines over and over helps me to remember them. A day on set is very busy because I have school, wardrobe, hair and makeup, and while filming, someones phone rings. It is an awesome feeling to play Mr. Malcolm Jamal's and Miss Tracee's daughter. Because Miss Tracee makes me laugh and Mr. Malcolm Jamal is my jungle gym.

I've heard that you are real creative, can you tell us a little bit about the script you're writing?

Zoe - The script I'm writing is about "Teamwork", that included a family day. I now have to rewrite the script, because we are doing "Family Game Night" for one of the episodes.

Tell us about the handbags you are making.

Zoe - The handbags I'm making is made out of burlap and yarn.

You have a birthday coming up, tell me how you want to celebrate it?

Zoe - I want to celebrate my 10th Birthday by doing a fundraiser for Autism.

Kids like to have fun, what do you like to do for fun?!

Zoe - I like to sew, paint, swim, or play with my baby brother Aiden for fun.

Your mom is on the set with you every day, that must be cool?

Zoe - It makes me very happy to have my mommy on set.

Tell us about Zoe's hair!

Mom (Shantel) - I now only use conditioners (co-wash) for washing Zoe's hair to it moisturized and to maintain soft manageable curls.

What are your favorite products for her?

Mom (Shantel)- Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner for washing the hair and Olive Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion or Cantu Shea Butter as a leave in. I comb her hair while wet, then twist or braid.

Make sure you tune into BET on Tuesdays at 10pm to catch 'Reed Between the Lines'!

What do you think of the show so far?!

Goapele Talks Natural Hair & Mommyhood

by Angela of Wisecurls

Dubbed as the spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo by Rolling Stone, Goapele has a voice that is unmistakable. With a highly anticipated album set to give us eargasms galore, Goapele talks Break Of Dawn, Natural Hair & Mommyhood with WiseCurls. Enjoy!

WC: 10/24. Break Of Dawn. What was the concept behind the album and what makes this album different from previous albums?

G: The concept for this album was to put out good soulful music to share where I am now and give people something that they can feel.

What is your hope for us as fans to take from the album?

I want people to feel good, inspired and to know that whatever journey they are on within their own life, that they are not alone.

I have to ask! What is your hair story? Have you been natural most or all of your life?

Yes! I’ve been natural most of my life. When I was a teenager, for a few years, I had my hair pressed and had a perm for a little while. I’ve gone thru a lot of different styles, most of them have been natural. I’ve had short natural hair, locs for about 10 years and now have been rocking braids for about 4 years with thread wrapping.

Speaking of thread wrapping, how do you maintain it, do you leave it with the braids for a couple of weeks and then allow your hair to ‘breathe’?

I usually leave one style in for two weeks and then sometimes in between I’ll do twisted styles, like the two-strand twists to give my hair a break.

Do you have any favorite hair products that your hair loves?

There are a few hair products that I like to use and try to switch it up often. Right now I’m using a lot of shea based products or even pure shea butter with lavender essential oils. I’ve used some Carol’s Daughter products and olive oil based products. There is another product that I really like, Beija Flor. I really love the Cocoa Mango Buttercreme. I feel like there are so many smaller hair companies now with great products and women starting their own product companies, it’s exciting.

As a mom, I couldn’t help but read in your bio about the hiatus taken to enjoy motherhood. How has motherhood changed you for the better and how do you as an artist and a mom find the balance?

I think the balance is something that I’m constantly learning and working out. I never quite stopped working, I just slowed down to have more time with her and to get a more regular life pace. Being a mom, I feel like your perspective is expanded on the world. It’s made me more present in my life. Being able to seize every moment more because every moment is valuable. Whether I’m with her or my family or traveling, in the studio or doing a show, I just want to be present in that moment and not worry about how it’s all going to get done… as you probably know.

{laughter} Absolutely! It’s very important. Time flies and then you’re wondering ‘Man, where did the time go?!’

{laughter} Yeah…so I guess it feels like you can never feel or give enough. I have a song that touches on that, not totally autobiographical, but it touches on that. It’s called ‘Hush.

Who is the WiseWoman behind Goapele?

Hmm..that’s a good question. I would say that one of things that keeps me grounded is the good people around me, just that I have a lot of support from my family and the team of people I work with. Even business wise, as an artist starting out independently with Sky Blaze, my family’s label, they are still a part and have been throughout my process. All of that has been important for me to stay grounded and to stay faithful. Life will unfold as it’s supposed to. The pace is different than what I would expect sometimes, but, you know, everything is happening for a reason. Trusting in that helps me.

10/24. Break Of Dawn. ‘Nuff said.

Be sure to connect with Goapele on her official website for info on tour dates and the latest news! Goapele’s album is out MONDAY!! Let’s show up and show out for this talented beauty.

**For CurlyNikki's interview with Goapele, click HERE.**

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