By Adam Bookbinder

Frankie Ross had the opportunity to sit down and speak with soulful singer/songwriter Goapele about her life and upcoming show.

Originally from Oakland, her name comes from her grandmother’s last name and means go forward.   It’s South African and actually pronounced Hoapele but she found over time it was easier just to tell people it’s pronounced Goapele.

She got into music due to both parents loving music.  There was always music playing and plenty of get togethers.  While growing up, she was exposed to many live shows, whoever was playing in the area,  and many times she and her siblings were the only kids there.

Being more into music than TV as a child, she hoped one day to be an artist.  Once in High School she began to take more music more seriously with some training and then began writing her own songs.

A decade later, she has 3 albums released with a 4th on the way.

When growing up she listened to artists her parents listened to such as Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Roberta Flack and Nina Simone.

Then her own she began listening to artists such as Whitney Houston and Run DMC.

When it comes to artists she’s influenced by, the names which come to mind are Sade, Roberta Flack and Anita Baker.

When performing a show, she is accompanied by her her live band with soulful ballads and overall really likes making people feel good and in and out of their seats.

You can catch Goapele performing at Ladies Night Out on Saturday, April 5th at Long Beach Terrace Theatre along with Musiq Soulchild and Dwele.  Tickets can be purchase at or by calling 562-424-0013.

Listen to the entire interview below:


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