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Thursday, March 13 • 11:00pm - 11:30pm
YahZarah Performing as Purple St. James

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YAHZARAH INTRODUCING….... Purple St. James is an artist who invokes memories of the soul greats of the past. Funky, beautiful and passionate, her sound pushes the envelope at times, while being subtly sexy and familiar at other times. The former student from the renowned Duke Ellington School of Music has made an incredible transformation. In a span of seven years She went from a music scholarship student at North Carolina Central University to a background singer for one of the founders of the neo-soul movement, Erykah Badu. Now, she is an artist in her own right. Under the name YahZarah . she’s released two musical ventures to date: “Hear Me” (released on the Keo Music label) and “Black Star” (released on the Three Keys label). In addition, she has collaborative efforts on the following projects ”In Person: Live At Blues Alley” (Marcus Johnson), “The Chitlin Circuit” (Little Brother), “Connected” (The Foreign Exchange), and “The Minstrel Show” (Little Brother),, As Well as vocal Arrangements on the grammy nominated cd “Mama’sGun” (Erykah Badu) Purple has an international following, with significant fan bases in North America (all of the major U.S. markets such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C, Charlotte, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles ,the UK, Germany and Japan.. People who witness a Purple St. James performance usually walk away with an adrenaline rush. Because of that reputation she has graced the stage with artists like Prince, Floetry, Musiq Soul Child, Chaka Kahn, Donnie, Amel Larrieux, Anthony David, Goapele, Talib Kweli, Rahsaan Paterson, Raheem Davoughn, R Kelly, Common, Bilal Oliver, The Roots, and the list goes on and on…. Now she reemerges performing as Ms. Purple St. James, back seam pantyhose with a fishnet soul. Ready to take on the world with her new music. Producers Ski Beatz (“Dead Presidents”-Jay Z), Nate Smith (“Heaven Can Wait”-Michel Jackson), Inga “Nandi” Willis (“Twisted”-Carlos Santana & Anthony Hamilton”), Steve McKie & Tone Whitfield (Bilal,, Kindred, Vivian Green), and others all lend their production skills and pins to a collection of songs, Purple believes is some of her best work. Purple St. James has created a unique mold that cannot be replicated. She is one of a kind. She is the confluence of that which is both classic and cutting edge. Hearing Purple St. James elevate from a soul diva to a funk shaman causes your ears and soul to be inundated with a sound that's part Tina Turner and part Chaka Kahn, with a touch of Diana Ross. Prepare to be pulled in, and to become hooked on…. Ms. Purple St. James.
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Thursday March 13, 2008 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Prague 422 B Congress Ave

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