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Yahzarah: The Ballad Of Purple Saint James

Purple Marble VinylVinyl LP Record [2LP]
5 Stars (3 customer reviews)
Price: $16.97
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Critically acclaimed R&B vocalist YahZarah returns with her long-awaited album "The Ballad of Purple Saint James," dropping May 4 on The Foreign Exchange Music/Hard Boiled Records. The 13-track set, overseen by Grammy-nominated production duo Nicolay and Phonte of The Foreign Exchange, represents her brightest, most complete work to date.

YahZarah, a singer-songwriter who first made her mark as a background singer for Erykah Badu, has spent the past few years touring in support of her albums "Hear Me" (2001), "Blackstar" (2003), and the 2009 Grammy nominated Foreign Exchange album "Leave It All Behind". She worked on "The Ballad..." independently for a number of years before reaching out to Phonte and selecting +FE Music as her label home.

"YahZarah is the best singer I personally know, and for years it's been my dream to produce her, "says Phonte. "My goal was to take her vast repertoire of melodic influences, and combine it with material that allowed her voice to really shine."

"The Ballad of Purple Saint James" showcases YahZarah's rich soprano voice in a variety of musical settings. The new wave bounce of the first single "Why Dontcha Call Me No More" evokes Pat Benatar, while the throwback synth funk of "Change Your Mind" suggests Solar Records in its heyday. Highlighting YahZarah's classical jazz training is "Shadow," a stunning Zo!-produced piece that features her backed solely by piano and a haunting orchestral arrangement.

In addition to production by The Foreign Exchange, "The Ballad..." also includes contributions from TheRealFocus...(Marsha Ambrosius, Raphael Saddiq), Nate Smith (Michael Jackson), Steve McKie (Jill Scott, Bilal), and guest appearances from Jaspects, drummer Lil' John Roberts, and singers Phonte Coleman and Darien Brockington.

"Completing 'The Ballad...' with Phonte and Nicolay allowed me an opportunity to return back to the joy of making music and to create a project that is sexy, fearless, beautiful and sincere," says YahZarah. "This work is a true reflection of me."

Track Listing

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1. Strike Up The Band
Producers: S1
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2. Why Dontcha Call Me No More
Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange); Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)
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3. Cry Over You
featuring Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)
Producers: Pure P.; Zo!
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4. All My Days
featuring Darien Brockington
Producers: TheRealFocus
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5. Come Back As A Flower
Producers: Nate Smith
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6. Dedicated To You
Producers: Yahzarah
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7. The Lie
Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange); Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)
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8. Last To Leave
Producers: Nate Smith
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9. Have A Heart
Producers: Robert McDonald; Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)); Yahzarah
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10. Change Your Mind
Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange); Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)
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11. Starship
Producers: Steve Mckie; Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange); Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)
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12. Shadow
Producers: Zo!; Yahzarah
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13. Love, Come Save The Day
Producers: Pure P.; Samuel Lancine
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14. Fast Lane (Bonus)
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Name: (Posted: 5/5/2010 6:26:00 AM; Partial IP: 69.133.119)
Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
Comment: I'll retract a little on what I said earlier. I'm goin off of how I remember Yahzarah on the Foreign Exchange "Sincere" video a few years back. I liked her better when she was rockin the natural twists. (Album cover is perfect though) But over the superficial, this is some FRESH music from one of the most powerful new Southern voices in the game right now. I ain't scooped it just yet, but from I'm hearing of it so far... YEAAAAAAHHHHH buddy! Do ya thing, ma...
Name: (Posted: 4/10/2010 5:12:00 AM; Partial IP: 43.157.251)
Location: Terra Australis
Comment: ohh yesh, this will be dope! I ♥; yahzarah
Name: (Posted: 3/26/2010 5:59:00 AM; Partial IP: 69.133.119)
Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
Comment: OH SHIT!!! Yahzarah's sexy ass about to drop an album. Let me find out...
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