SOUTHERN GIRL GONE WEST
A sweet jazzy approach forged in the fire of Southern gospel: 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 gigs for Lauryn Hill, Boyz II Men, 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.
The follow-up album Juneteenth Revolution announced 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, plus production from 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 sweetened by optimism yet grounded in pure soul.
“Collette’s indie R&B is the kind that jaded R&B heads swear isn’t being made anymore. She croons sincere, straight-from-the-heart lyrics over tinkling keys and a fresh, dope beat; her windy soprano delivers vocal runs soft and light as a plane skywriting I LUV YOU overhead.”