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Thursday, Feb 20 2014 | 15:26
Image: 1585276 BBE welcomes Algebra to the label, joining Bilal and Slakah the Beatchild, to what is a
growing roster of soul artists jumping the pond and finding a home with us.
On Recovery, her BBE debut and second full-length album, the soulful songstress known as
Algebra Blessett delivers a consistently sublime set that showcases the remarkable vocal and
songwriting gifts that have already established the versatile, charismatic artist as one of R&B's
hottest rising performers.
Born Algebra Felicia Blessett and hailing from the R&B hotbed of Atlanta, Algebra has already
earned a reputation as one of her hometown's most exciting new talents. Having already won
widespread acclaim with her solo debut Purpose, and for her work as collaborator with the
likes of Monica, Bilal, India.Arie, Esperanza Spalding and Anthony David, Algebra offers a
fresh, expansive creative vision on Recovery, on which she worked with three of today's
hottest urban producers: Bryan-Michael Cox, Kwamé Holland and Shannon Sanders.
Such indelible new self-penned tunes as "Nobody But You," "Right Next to You" and the
pointed "Writer's Block" demonstrate Algebra's uncanny ability to spin insightful scenarios that
are rooted in personal experience and crafted to convey maximum musical and emotional
impact. Whether she's delivering infectious pop, swaggering funk or sensitive balladry, there
are no gimmicks here, just timelessly soulful, effortlessly accessible music that draws upon the
varied musical skills that Blessett has developed through a lifetime of creative curiosity.
"My first album was a group of songs that I'd collected along the way, and it was me saying
'This is what I do,'" Blessett explains. "But I wanted this one to be the next level musically. I
called it Recovery because I'm a sucker for heartache and pain, but I also believe in going
through the process to get to where you need to be. I don't want to make anybody jump off a
bridge, but I also understand that there's more to life than gallivanting around like butterflies.
So I feel some responsibility to put my experiences out there in a way that's relatable to
people's lives."
Algebra grew up steeped in music, in a religious family with multi-generational roots in gospel
music, her mother was a minister and gospel singer who also played bass and guitar. Yet she
initially resisted the urge to pursue music herself, despite singing in a gospel choir while still in
elementary school. Although she had originally wanted to attend the prestigious Atlanta
School of the Performing Arts to become a professional dancer, she was accepted after
auditioning with a song.
"I used singing to get to next level, but I still didn't realize that it was my calling," she recalls. "I
fought being a singer for so long, because everybody in my family were singers, so I guess
that I had to rebel. But my history of being around music, seeing my mom play bass and
seeing my great-grandmother whipping singers into shape, sparked a lot of stuff that I didn't
know was being sparked at the time, and then something happened in my adolescence that
pulled me into music."
Once she finally embraced her musical destiny, Blessett quickly gained a reputation on her
hometown's booming R&B scene, becoming an in-demand backup singer and lending her
voice to such recording projects as India.Arie's Grammy-winning 2002 platinum smash Voyage
to India, while touring with R&B artists Monica and Bilal.

1. Exordium To Recovery (Give My Heart A Chance)
2. Recovery
3. Right Next To You
4. Nobody But You
5. Struggle To Be feat. Q. Parker
6. Augment To Recovery (Give My Heart A Chance)
7. Forever
8. Writer's Block
9. Paper Heart
10. Danger Zone
11. Mystery
12. Another Heartache
13. Better For Me
14. I'll Be Ok

• Press & Radio (Radical Pr UK) Campaign France, Germany & UK features
confirmed for November, Echoes, Blues & Soul, SoulM8
• Dynamic online presence, growing followers on facebook and twitter,
• Nobody But You grossed over 36k viewers in 3 weeks and growing
• Algebra Blesset features on India.Arie's Grammy-winning 2002 platinum smash
Voyage to India, & has toured with R&B artists Monica and Bilal.
• Her debut album Purpose, (which she recorded with producers Bryan-Michael Cox,
Kwamé Holland, Eric Roberson and Carvin & Ivan) spent 14 weeks on Billboard's
R&B/Hip-Hop album chart, establishing Algebra as a vital musical force. Available from 31.01.2014
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