San Francisco-based singer NaJe is a soul siren. She wails the blues, dabbles in old-school R&B, and hammers out light, airy pop mixed with her strong vocals. Born in Virginia Beach where her passion for music was cultivated with punk rock and jazz, the songstress, born Rebecca Benham, eventually moved to Georgia to traverse the scene with her all-girl rock band The Supervixens. Since then, she’s experimented with all kinds of music, released a few independently produced records, and performed at jazz festivals around the country. On her latest album, New Day, officially releasing next week on April 22nd, NaJe covers a wide range of genres, focusing mainly on the sultry soul that her vocals have already mastered.
The album’s title track opens the record with vibrant reggae rhythms and the first hints of NaJe’s powerhouse vocals, followed by “I Can’t Stop”, another high-powered multi-instrumental track with sweeter vocal tones that are just as effective. Plucky strings and sluggish singing surprises the ear on the vintage nightclub-esque track “Love Is Stronger Than Time”, which feels like a dance in the moonlight. With 11 tracks, New Day illustrates romantic settings and schemas through relatable lyrics, sexy but sinister vocals, and psychedelic, funky rhythms.
Catch the full album stream of NaJe’s New Day below exclusively at Elmore and connect with her on Facebook. If you want to party with NaJe at her release party on April 23rd at San Francisco’s Boom Boom Room, buy tickets here: