|Solange is an American actress, R&B and pop singer, songwriter, producer, model and dancer. She is managed by her father Matthew Knowles and sister Beyonce. Her new album features the hit single "I Decided." The record includes production by Cee-Lo Green, Soulshock & Karlin, Polow da Don and Mark Ronson, as well as appearances by Q-Tip, Lil' Wayne, Estelle and Bilal.|
"The younger Ms. Knowles cooks up tasty variations on old-recipes. Entertainment Weekly
"Solange combines retro warmth and current cool in ways her more commercially successful sibling probably can't. Hartford Courant
"...the mix of organic, old-school instrumentation and more electronic elements makes for a loose, fun and reverent record. Slant Magazine
"...a peppy album, rich with thumping horns, crisp percussion and light piano melodies. The New York Times
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Sean Hurley (guitar, keyboards, bass instrument); John "Jabb" Broussard (guitar, bass instrument); Phillip Todd (saxophone); Noel Langley (trumpet, flugelhorn); Neil Sidwell (trombone); Manny Patino (drums).|
|Audio Mixers: Jack Splash; Neil Pogue; Manny Marroquin; Dave Pensado; Ben H. Allen; Soulshock.|
|Arrangers: Jack Splash; Karlin; Simon Hale; Soulshock.|
|With her sophomore album SOL-ANGEL & THE HADLEY ST. DREAMS, Solange Knowles is out to change the fact that she's best known as "Beyonce's little sister." The family connection obviously hasn't hurt her, but where her debut was a tepid, run-of-the-mill urban-contemporary offering, Solange's follow-up is a creative spray of day-glo color, proving that this artist has a confident, unique identity all her own.|
|Steeped in vintage R&B samples and a freewheeling aesthetic that borrows from jazz, blues, hip-hop, and electronica, SOL-ANGEL grooves, surprises, and seduces. Whether she's channeling Marvin Gaye ("Ode to Marvin") or the stripped-down Motown vibe of lead single "I Decided," or dabbling in hip-hop or electro, the disc is fun back to front. Help from the Neptunes, Cee-Lo, Mark Ronson, Q-Tip, Lil Wayne, and Bilal makes the package glitter, but it's Solange's quirkiness and exuberance that makes this one of the better R&B albums of 2008.|
Producer: Shea Taylor; Jack Splash; Bama Boyz; Mr. Familiar; Max Gousse; Karlin; Mark Ronson; Solange; Soulshock; Square; The Neptunes; Thievery Corporation
Engineer: Rommel Nino Villanueva; Andres Bermudez; Gelly Kusuma; Christian Plata; Ryan Gilligan; Shinnosuke Miyazawa; Andrew Coleman; Robert "LB" Dorsey; Patrick Magee
|Release Date : 08/26/2008|
|Original Release Date : 2008|
|Catalog ID : B001178502|
|Label : Geffen|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00602517810754|
"Perceptions are not always based in reality, and nobody knows this better than me. With the release of my sophomore album, Sol-AngeL and the Hadley St. Dreams (Music World Entertainment/Geffen Records), I am ready to have every listener step into my very personal field of dreams, minus the preconceived notions.
When you look up the word biography, the Webster dictionary defines this as a written history of someone's life. Well, I figured no one would be able to tell this story better than I could, which is why this won't be a traditional artist bio.
My life as a performer started very early on. Classically trained in ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance, I stepped in, unexpectedly, as a back up dancer when a Destiny's Child dancer suddenly had to leave the tour. This position gave me the opportunity to travel all across the World to places such as Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa and Mexico. It was then I developed a deep sense of culture, style, and artistic influences.
At the age of 16, I released my debut album, Solo Star, on Columbia Records. This album was a creative turning point for me; a melting pot of different genres and sounds including R&B, Reggae, Alternative, and even Country. My first single "Feeling You," featuring Noreaga, was a Reggaeton/Dancehall inspired song. This was always the vision I had for the record despite my label's own reservations. Although I had all of the big-wig producers on board (The Neptunes, Timbaland, Rockwielder, and the Underdogs), I struggled to find one sound of my own. However, I found a new love for writing which I was able to showcase on Kelly Rowland's debut solo album, Simply Deep, shortly after.
Tapping into an old passion, acting was next on the radar for me. I was ready to soak up any great opportunity I could get and when I was selected to play the daughter of Cedric the Entertainer and Vanessa Williams in Johnson Family Vacation I signed on." --Solange