A genre bending bassist, composer, and recording artist – Me’Shell Ndegeocello’s astounding body of work embraces soul, jazz fusion, rhythm & blues, rock, trance, dance, funk and permutations thereof.
The former Michelle Johnson continually alters her tonal character – mixing and matching a myriad of bass sounds and techniques ranging from a classic flat-wound thump, to a Jaco-esque treble tweaked growl, to a sharp Louis Johnson inspired slap attack, to old school Brill Building / Wrecking Crew plectrum picking. And her activist libretto speaks truth to power on a wide range of issues.
A student at Duke Ellington School of The Arts, Me’Shell honed her skills on the Washington D.C. club circuit. Though she failed an audition to replace Muzz Skullings in Living Colour, she was among the first artists signed to Madonna’s Maverick Records.
Her debut solo slab Plantation Lullabies (1995) is rightly considered among the classics of the era, melding hi-hop, rock, soul, and rap.
An in-demand, highly revered session player, collaborator, Me’Shell can also be heard on numerous film, television, and theatrical soundtracks.
Me’Shell Ndegeocello Sound & Vision…
“If That’s Your Boyfriend” https://youtu.be/UpdzEpGIqtY
“Who Is He and What Is He To You” https://youtu.be/K0ov9082a1c
“Call Me” https://youtu.be/qw6zr9YHVpQ
Dig Me’Shell’s funky bass and vocal duet with John Cougar Mellencamp on Van’s “Wild Night,” https://youtu.be/1aoywIHLqbs
Rolling Stones: “Saint of Me” https://youtu.be/xcMQWfMTfJ8
Alanis Morrissette: “So Unsexy” https://youtu.be/aoh2P0yndcQ
Zap Mama: “African Diamond” https://youtu.be/wbjn_vXu1NE