NSC Spotlight Artist: Carmen Rodgers
by Darrien DeVaughn
Singer, songwriter and Dallas treasure, Carmen Rodgers, is truly a beautiful spirit inside and out. Thanks to a mutual friend, I have had the pleasure of knowing her for a while and she is always so positive and full of life. I feel like our very own Neo Soul Cafe station is built for voices and vibes such as hers. Born in Mississippi and raised in Dallas, TX, Rodgers got her break by soulfully lacing the track AIN’T NO TIME off of the Hidden Beach Recordings Presents Hidden Hits Vol. 1 in 2003. She released her debut, FREE, in 2004 with one of my favorites off the album, JUST BELIEVE. This album is the epitome of what neosoul music actually is with its smooth grooves and convincing lyrics to ease the mind. It truly is the music that gets your head right. During that time, she hooked up with The Foreign Exchange and Zo!, giving us fans so much life with an abundance of riches in classic songs off of many of their albums. She still tours with the phenomenal entourage of musicians and talented singers to this day. In 2011, she gave us THE BITTER SUITE which included my joint IT’S ME. The song includes a video that I have personally sent to many of my potential girlfriends because it begs to ask the question “Is it me?” Just last year, the highly anticipated album, STARGAZER saw a March release and Carmen did not disappoint as the album showcased her sultry voice and banging tracks. CHASE, a duet featuring Anthony David, was and still is a NSC favorite as the steamy video made fans go hmmmmm. For those fans that don’t know her, please get to know and enjoy her body of work. For those of you already hip to Ms. Rodgers, let’s continue to support her music, her vision, her voice.