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Purple St. James is an artist who invokes memories of the soul greats of the past. Hip Hop had a baby with Tina, Parliament and Minnie. Her name is Purple St. James. Funky, beautiful and passionate, her sound pushes the envelope at times, while being subtly sexy and familiar at other times. People who witness a Purple St. James performance usually walk away with an adrenaline rush and a tingling feeling running up and down their spines. In her former life, you may have known her as a shooting black star named YahZarah. The former student from the renowned Duke Ellington School of Music has performed with such musical legendary geniuses as Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker and Dave Brubek. She has made an incredible transformation in a short amount of time. In a span of seven years, Purple St. James 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 a soul artist in her own right. Under the name YahZarah , Purple St. James released two musical ventures to date: "Hear Me" (released on the Keo Music label) and "Black Star" (released on the Three Keys label). She has graced the stage with artists like Floetry , Musiq Soul Child, Kem, Donnie, Amel Larrieux, Goapele, Talib Kweli, Rahsaan Paterson, Raheem DeVaughn , Chaka Kahn, Bilal Oliver, The Roots, and the list goes on and on.


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 Shirley Caesar and part Sly Stone, with a touch of the Brides of Funkenstein. Prepare to be pulled in, and to become hooked on Ms. Purple St. James.


E. Prestell

Hear Me (2002) [P-Vine] [Japanese CD]

  1. Genesis (Intro)
  2. Same Page
  3. Rooftop
  4. Blackstar
  5. Guillotine
  6. Amazing Grace
  7. Love Is You
  8. Natural
  9. Fire Fly
  10. Nova
  11. Laugh
  12. Urgency
  13. Feel Me
  14. Friday
  15. Sally (Interlude)
  16. Baby Love
  17. Blackstar (Reprise)
Hear Me
Hear Me
Blackstar (2003) [Three Keys]

  1. Yah Intro
  2. One Day
  3. Wishing
  4. Nova
  5. So Amazing
  6. Cry
  7. Love Is You
  8. Blackstar
  9. Feel Me
  10. Roof Top
  11. Same Page
  12. Bury It
  13. Baby
  14. Friday
  15. Babylove
  16. Blackstar (Remix)
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