The image was a combination of old-school charm and revolutionary beauty. You have got to realize that culturally, many of us baby boomers came of age to the poetry and music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson. In the lyrics of Scott-Heron, the revolution was not supposed to be televised. Yet, Charenée brings a picture up in our minds and then kicks today's rampant celebration of I-got-to-get-mine consumerism (don't shoot me) to the curb. We are encouraged by this music created in the desolation and hope of the '70s to live consciously. We are encouraged to believe that we can still change the world and we are filled with hope.
Charenée rocks this music out by collapsing time. I recognize the feeling as soon as the music begins. But with her singing, the music sounds brand new. I hear both hope and optimism. And in these times of 'everything matters,' Charenée locks into a musical space that celebrates social consciousness and then throws it down with her updated vibe and interpretation.
Charenée is the first artist to twice enter the world's most prestigious jazz competition: the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, celebrated for discovering the next generation of jazz masters. She offers the wisdom of the elders and the energy of the young in song.
Gil Scott-Heron's straight-no-chaser music from 40 years ago reflects a world where the Everyman and Everywoman live. This is why you don't want to miss the career of Charenée Wade. We all need a shot of this regularly.
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