ABOUT COLLETTE.Bold, uncompromising and free: Collette represents the newest breed of hip-hop soul. Born and raised in South Carolina, Collette released her independent debut Experience Collette to international acclaim. Opening turns for Talib Kweli, Chrisette Michele, Noel Gourdin, Dwele, Anthony David and others soon followed. In 2010, she won the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest. And in both 2012 and 2013, Collette was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year by the Reader's Choice Awards panel at SoulTracks.com.
In 2013, the follow-up album Juneteenth Revolution announces a personal, spiritual, and emotional liberation. Named for the Juneteenth holiday – which falls on the artist’s day of birth – the album features Eric Roberson, Akil Dasan and jazz flautist Monet. Production is handled by newcomers Aaron Hardin (Eric Roberson, Phonte), 20Music (Jazmine Sullivan), and frequent collaborator Danny! of Okayplayer Records (French Montana, Danny Brown). Eclectic but accessible, Juneteenth Revolution is tinged with optimism and grounded in pure soul.
ABOUT JUNETEENTH."Juneteenth" is an American holiday honoring the end of the African Slave Trade. In 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, but slaveholders in the Deep South did not honor the law. In 1865, a Union general rode into Galveston, Texas, and read the order aloud, with enforcement by Union soldiers. The last American slaves found themselves able to rejoice in the name of freedom. The celebrations became an annual tradition, eventually known as Juneteenth and celebrated on June 19 each year.
Born on Juneteenth, Collette uses the term as a metaphor for the spiritual, emotional and mental slavery so many find themselves submitting to in today's world. Her wish: that listeners might join her on the quest for self-emancipation.