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DECEMBER 2011: Meshell Ndegeocello Featured on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon


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Ten time Grammy-Nominee Meshell Ndegeocello will be performing a live set on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic in Los Angeles on Thursday, January 5, 2012. Meshell will highlight songs off her current album, Weather (November 2011). Meshell will also be featured sitting in with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC, Friday, January 13, 2012.

Weather was produced by Joe Henry (Aimee Mann, Solomon Burke, Ani DiFranco) and features collaborations with the likes of Chris Connelly (ex-Revolting Cocks, Ministry), Benji Hughes, and Joe himself. Meshell's diverse and acclaimed musical career has included prior collaborations with Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Billy Preston, Chaka Khan and many more.

Catch Meshell performing live on stage throughout the US as well as on tour dates in France and Switzerland in late-May and early-June. Please see Tour Dates >>

OCTOBER 2011: Bettye LaVette and Meshell Ndegeocello Featured on John Lennon Tribute Album to Benefit Red Cross' Tsunami Relief Efforts - Out November 15

Rosebud artists Bettye LaVette and Meshell Ndegeocello are among a select group featured on The 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute, Live From the Beacon Theatre NYC, due out Nov. 15. Proceeds from the 15-track digital album will benefit the Japanese Red Cross' earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. The performances of Beatles and Lennon solo songs were recorded during the 30th annual Lennon tribute show, which took place Nov. 12, 2010. Ndegeocello, a 10 time Grammy nominee whose soon to be released Weather, produced by Grammy-winner Joe Henry (Aimee Mann, Solomon Burke, Ani DiFranco), sang "God," and LaVette delivered "The Word," which she covered on her Grammy Award-nominated 2010 release Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook. Patti Smith, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Aimee Mann, Shelby Lynne, Joan Osborne, Alejandro Escovedo, Keb' Mo', Martin Sexton and the Playing For Change Band also appear on the album which will be available via all major online retailers.

Concert creator and producer Joe Raiola added that, "John's music and message continue to be a great inspiration to people everywhere....We're so grateful to Yoko and to all of the artists for allowing us to share the great performances from that special night with John Lennon fans around the world." 

Watch for details coming soon on the 31st Annual John Lennon Tribute concert - scheduled for Dec. 10 at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village.

To catch Bettye and Meshell performing live on stage near you, please see Tour Dates >>

SEPTEMBER 2011: Meshell Ndegeocello's Weather - Out November 8th

Meshell Ndegeocello is set to release her new CD, Weather, on November 8th. Her ninth album in 20 years, Weather expands upon Meshell's eclectic and iconic style with an album of intimate songwriting. Produced by Grammy-winner Joe Henry (Aimee Mann, Solomon Burke, Ani DiFranco), Weather finds Meshell experimenting with sparse, orchestral melodies paired with thoughtful lyrics, all performed by a band of fearsome musicians. The album also features all-star collaborations with the likes of Chris Connelly (ex-Revolting Cocks, Ministry), Benji Hughes, and Joe Henry. Download, listen and share Weather's latest track "Dirty World" here.


Meshell Ndegeocello is a 10 time Grammy nominee who spent the last twenty years forging a unique career that's as distinct as it is critically celebrated. One of the first artists signed to Madonna's Maverick Records, and the first woman ever featured on the cover of Bass Player magazine (Nov. 2007), Meshell has performed and recorded with the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Santana, John Mellencamp, Joan Osbourne, Alanis Morrisette, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Indigo Girls, Tony Allen, John Medeski, Billy Preston, and Chaka Khan among others.

Catch Meshell performing live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>

JUNE 2011: Meshell Ndegeocello's NY Times Raves, Contribution To It Gets Better Book, Featured Guest Appearances On Three New Music Projects PLUS New Album in the Works

Meshell Ndegeocello recently received raves from The New York Times for her show featuring unique renditions of Prince songs. Meshell also recently contributed a story toIt Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living, in support of LGBT youth. In addition, she is a featured guest on three new music projects by Madeleine Peyroux, Miguel Migs and Zenith Myth. On top of all this, Meshell is also finishing her own new album project tentatively scheduled for release this Fall.

The New York Times' Nate Chinen praised Meshell's recent sold-out New York performance of "faithfully reimagined" songs by Prince: "Digging deeper than outright imitation requires both connoisseurship and independence, a sense of identity strong enough to survive immersion in the songs. None of which is a problem for Ms. Ndegeocello, a singer-songwriter drawn to the darker side of funk, and to a tough-minded brand of introspection... her razor-sharp band... nailed down every groove, with more earthiness than on the originals."


Meshell also recently contributed the story "Gwendolyn Gone" to the book, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living. It includes essays and new material from celebrities, religious leaders, politicians, parents, educators, youth just out of high school, and many more. The anthology was compiled by syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage (Savage Love) and his partner Terry Miller as part of their larger It Gets Better Project. It Gets Better "was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach - if they can just get through their teen years... [and] wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone - and it WILL get better."

In more music related news, Meshell is a featured guest on three new projects. She contributed to multi-platinum vocalist, Madeleine Peyroux's recently released new album, Standing On The Rooftop, along with fellow Rosebud artist Allen Toussaint, among others. Meshell also collaborated with DJ / producer / musician Miguel Migs on two tracks to be released this Summer and she is a featured guest on the debut album by Zenith Myth (out September 6). Zenith Myth is described as a break-up record of sorts, what Meshell calls "the best kind of record." Other guest include Paul D'Amour (Tool), Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole, Smashing Pumpkins), Mike Bloom (Julian Casablancas) and Sam Goldberg (Broken Social Scene). Last but certainly not least, Meshell is currently finishing her own new album project, tentatively scheduled for release this Fall. She is working with renowned producer Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello, Ani DiFranco, Bettye LaVette, Loudon Wainwright III, Solomon Burke) for release on her new label, the French independent Naïve Records.

Catch Meshell live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>

JUNE 2011: Allen Toussaint and Meshell Ndegeocello Featured on Madeleine Peyroux's Newly Released Album, Standing On The Rooftop

Allen Toussaint and Meshell Ndegeocello are both featured on multi-platinum Vocalist, Madeleine Peyroux's recently released new album, Standing On The Rooftop. In addition to Allen and Meshell, the album also features contributions from guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), drummer Charley Drayton (Neil Young, Johnny Cash), guitarist Chris Bruce (Seal, John Legend), and was produced by Craig Street (Norah Jones, k.d. lang and Cassandra Wilson).

This is Madeleine's fifth solo album and she wrote most of the songs herself, though she collaborated with former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman on one song and with violinist Jenny Scheinman (a regular collaborator with Rosebud artist Bill Frisell) on "The Things I've Seen Today." The New York Times has noted that Madeleine Peyroux "has branched out to refine an enigmatic, low-key personal style that is all her own."

Catch Allen and Meshell perform individually live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>

JUNE 2010: Meshell Ndegeocello Pays Tribute To Gil Scott-Heron and Named to Faculty of Bootsy Collins' Funk University

"A Night of Gil Scott-Heron Covers" at Joe's Pub NY
Meshell Ndegeocello's April show at Joe's Pub in New York City featured "A Night of Gil Scott-Heron Covers", where she played songs by the legendary poet-musician. Meshell plays some of her own material as well as Gil's, including her own revised lyrics to Gil's classic "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised."

In addition to her other dates over the Summer, Meshell will again present this special show in a limited run on the West Coast at the end of June, please see Tour Dates >>

In other news, Meshell was named to the faculty of Bootsy Collins' Funk University. The online school is the first of its kind, bringing professional musicians in close contact with students. It will feature history lectures, lessons in technique, rhythm, style and gear, as well as teachers keeping office hours once a week in which they will answer student questions. At the end of the semester Professor Bootsy will review student tracks. Other guest professors include Les Claypool, Divinity Roxx and Victor Wooten. Classes are scheduled to begin July 1, 2010.

JANUARY 2010: Rosebud Artists Recognized In Village Voice 2009 Pazz & Jop Poll

Six albums and three singles released by Rosebud artists last year are recognized in the Village Voice 2009 Pazz & Jop Poll, which calculated 697 music critics' votes for the most important music of the year.

Listed among the year's top albums are:
Allen Toussaint, The Bright Mississippi
Loudon Wainwright III, High Wide and Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project
Meshell Ndegeocello, Devil's Halo
Booker T., Potato Hole
Bill Frisell, Disfarmer
Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet, Alligator Purse

Listed among the year's top singles are:
Booker T., "Hey Ya" & "Space City"
Meshell Ndegeocello, "Mass Transit"

In addition, two Rosebud artists were featured band members on two albums and one single of recognition: Jon Cleary (John Scofield's Piety Street) and Jim Lauderdale (Elvis Costello's Secret, Profane & Sugarcane and the song "Sulphur to Sugarcane"). Also of note are recognition for releases by Rosebud artist Charlie Watts' other band (The Rolling Stones, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out reissue) and Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood, Live at Madison Square Garden, which features three songs penned by JJ Cale.

Congratulations to all! Catch these artists live, please see Tour Dates >>

Devil's HaloAUGUST 2009: Meshell Ndegeocello To Release Devil's Halo October 6, 2009

Meshell Ndegeocello will release her 8th album, Devil's Halo, on October 6, 2009 on Mercer Street/Downtown Music (David Gray, Ozomatli, Femi Kuti).  A renowned bassist, singer, songwriter and 10-time Grammy nominee, Meshell has spent nearly two decades as an uncompromising innovator in the worlds of rock, jazz, funk, soul and beyond.  She produced the new CD with guitarist Chris Bruce with a focus on musicianship and live-band energy.  Genre-defiant as ever, Devil's Halo is influenced by a wide breadth of sounds - from The Human League to Wu Tang Clan to Yes - and displays Meshell's vocals and diversity throughout.  Meshell will be on tour in October.

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