Goapele Reveals Her '$ecret' in New Video: Watch

Samuel Whitworth


“I just wanted to be free and catch a vibe.” That’s how Goapele describes the creative inspiration behind her latest EP, Dreamseeker. In celebration of the EP’s new single “$ecret,” Goapele channels her sexy, seductive vibe (“You’re giving me fever,” she purrs) in her latest video, premiering exclusively today (May 24) on Billboard.

Dreamseeker -- released May 19 on Goapele’s own Skyblaze label via Empire Distribution -- features seven songs and three interludes that soulfully and thoughtfully relay the singer/songwriter’s perspectives on motherhood, sensuality, social consciousness and self-love.

Inspired by her 10-year-old daughter, first single “Power” explores the wide-eyed openness and unconditional love that children possess. “As adults, I feel we’re always trying to figure out how to rediscover that part of ourselves,” says Goapele, “and what would it be like if we never had to let it go.”

The topic of relationships is further explored on the buzz track “Stay” featuring the EP’s lone guest, BJ the Chicago Kid. And in tune with the times, the singer addresses social issues on the track “Stand,” a song she started writing two years ago when Oscar Grant was killed. “The song just kind of sat with me,” recalls Goapele. “Now after all the police brutality in the news, families still not getting justice and the current administration, it was time for this song. Overall, I just wanted to release music that would take people through life’s different emotions.”

Having just wrapped the Dreamseeker tour in her native Oakland, Calif., the now Los Angeles-based singer recently starred in the short film Where is Beauty. “I just loved that it opened up a conversation about self-image, how important it is to stay grounded and not conform to one narrow definition of beauty,” says Goapele.

Dreamseeker also finds Goapele reuniting with her longtime producer/keyboardist Mike Tiger. Tiger, who produced the EP’s three interludes, has worked with her since her signature hit “Closer.” Still resonating 16 years after its release, the song has racked up more than 6 million Spotify streams and been sampled by Drake, YG and others.

“I never expected that so many people would relate to it,” says Goapele of the song’s enduring sound and message. “It came out of such an honest place: my own fears and excitement about stepping out and not knowing if I would fail or succeed. The song made me feel a certain way when I first heard it. Maybe it’s doing that for other people.”

Watch the “$ecret” video below.


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