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BIRTHDAY: August 29, 1969
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Wild Night" (1994)
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BIGGEST LP: Peace Beyond Passion (1996)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0
button.gif (123 bytes) "I love music. It's like a lover that I can't commit to, but I seem to always find myself in bed with. With music, I free myself from myself." - Me'Shell NdegéOcello, 1996

 
TIMELINE

Me'Shell NdegéOcellobutton.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell NdegéOcello (Swahili for "free like a bird") was born on August 29, 1969, in Germany and was raised in Washington, D.C. Since her debut LP hit the record stores in 1993, Me'Shell has been regarded as one of the best musicians of the 90s. Me'Shell has become known for her ability to fuse funk, r&b, rock, and jazz, and combine it her rich and personal lyrics. Me'Shell was involved with jazz programs at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Howard University, where she became an accomplished bassist. She studied and played in Washington, D.C. until the early 90s when she moved to New York. Me'Shell has also recorded with Steve Coleman, Caron Wheeler, Lenny White, and was the musical director for Arrested Development's Saturday Night Live performance. As Me'Shell's abilities began to get noticed, she was courted by Paisley Park, Warner Brothers, but signed with Madonna's Maverick Records because of her assurance of artistic and creative freedom.

1993...

October
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Plantation Lullabiesbutton.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell released her debut LP Plantation Lullabies - the title is a metaphor for "the plantations for the world, past and present, whether they be reservations, ghettos, both corporate and urban, or the prison of a colonized mind." The single "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)" introduced Me'Shell to a more mainstream audience, and the LP was applauded by critics.

button.gif (123 bytes) Although her debut LP didn't propel Me'Shell to superstardom, she had made her mark and introduced her sound. Time magazine compared Me'Shell's LP to a Terry McMillan novel, and Rolling Stone critics hailed her as the "Brightest Hope" for the next year.

1994... # 57 Singles Artist of the Year

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell hit the Top 40 with "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)."

June
John Mellencamp with Me'Shell NdegéOcello - "Wild Night" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell hit the Top 40 helping out John Mellencamp with "Wild Night" from his LP Dance Naked.

July
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell hit the Top 10 with "Wild Night."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell hit #1 on the pop charts with "Wild Night"

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "
If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)" was nominated for 2 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video and Best New Artist.
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles chart for 8 weeks with "
Wild Night."

1995...

January
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Higher Learning with "Soul Searchin'."

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell was nominated for
Grammy Awards for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("Wild Night" with John Mellencamp), Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female, Best R&B Song (songwriter) ("If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)"), and Best R&B Album (Plantation Lullabies).

1996...

June
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Peace Beyond Passionbutton.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell's second LP,Peace Beyond Passion, was released. The LP increased the admiration for Me'Shell by critics and fans with its brilliance and provocative lyrics. Me'Shell wrote 11 of the 12 tracks which included "Leviticus: Faggot" and the Bill Withers cover, "Who Is He And What Is He To You." The LP was an exploration of bigotry, romance, and spirituality, presented with force and passion.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell topped the Billboard Dance Club Play chart for a week with "Who Is He And What Is He To You."

1997...

February
Me'Shell NdegéOcello
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell topped the Billboard Dance Music Club Play chart for a week with Chaka Khan with "Never Miss The Water."
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell was nominated for 2
Grammy Awards for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Never Miss The Water"with Chaka Khan) and Best R&B Album (Peace Beyond Passion).

button.gif (123 bytes) Peace Beyond Passion was nominated for numerous Lady of Soul Awards.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell contributed a track to the Batman & Robin soundtrack - "Poison Ivy."

1998...

March
Down In The Delta soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) At the 2nd annual GLAMA (Gay/Lesbian American Music Awards), Me'Shell won for Best Female Artist and Best Video for "Leviticus Faggot."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell could be heard on the soundtrack for Down In The Delta with the track "My Soul Don't Dream" (with Keb Mo').

1999...

August
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Bitterbutton.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell's next LP, Bitter, was released with a cover of Jimi Hendrix track, "May This Be Love."
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Lilith Fair dates.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell could be heard on the Indigo Girls' LP Come On Now Social on the tracks "We Are Together" and "Compromise."

October
Best Man soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell could be heard on the The Best Man soundtrack with "Untitled."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell broke from her solo tour to open for Sting at several of his performances.

2000...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell was nominated for 3 California Music Awards (Outstanding Female Vocalist, Outstanding Bassist, and Outstanding R&B album (Bitter)).

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell won a California Music Award for Outstanding R&B Album.
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell also won 2 Gay/Lesbian American Music Awards (GLAMA): Female Artist of the Year and Album of the Year.

2001...

June
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Cookie: The Anthropoligical Mixtapebutton.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell released Cookie: The Anthropoligical Mixtape. Me'Shell said of the LP: "Cookie is all my experiences... I wanted to show all the transitions, from Southern stride to gospel to blues to funk. Musically, it comes from the African Diaspora. It's my improvisational rhythm and blues, my exploration of self, my anthropological mix tape."

2003...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell could be heard on the soundtrack for Biker Boyz with "Liliquoi Moon."

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album (Cookie: The Anthropoligical Mixtape).

October
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Comfort Womanbutton.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell released her next LP, Comfort Woman.
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell could be heard on the compilation tribute to Dolly Parton LP, Just Because I'm A Woman, with "Two Doors Down."

2005...

June
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Article 3 (import)button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell released Dance Of The Infidel.

2006..

November
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Me'Shell released the EP Article 3 overseas.

2007..

March
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - The World Has Made Me The Man Of My Dreamsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell could be heard on the compilation Interpretations: Celebrating The Music Of Earth, Wind & Fire with the cover "Fantasy."

September
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The World Has Made Me The Man Of My Dreams.

2008..

February
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - 'Devil's Halo'button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Urban / Alternative Performance ("Fantasy").

2009...

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell released
Devil's Halo.

2011...

November
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Me'Shell released Weather.

2012...

October
Me'Shell NdegeOcello - 'Pour une ame souveraine'button.gif (123 bytes) Me'Shell digitally released Pour une ame souveraine.








LPs
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Plantation Lullabies Plantation Lullabies
Released: October, 1993
Billboard peak: # 166
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Plantation Lullaby" - "I'm Diggin' You (Like An Old Soul Record)" - "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)" - "Shoot'n Up And Gett'n High" - "Dred Loc" - "Untitled" - "Step Into The Projects" - "Soul On Ice" - "Call Me" - "Outside Your Door" - "Picture Show" - "Sweet Love" - "Two Lonely Hearts (On The Subway)"
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Peace Beyond Passion Peace Beyond Passion
Released: June, 1996
Billboard peak: # 63
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Womb" - "Way" - "Deuteronomy" - "Ecclesiastes: Free My Heart" - "Leviticus: Faggot" - "Mary Magdalene" - "God Shiva" - "Who Is He (And What Is He To You)" - "Stay" - "Bittersweet" - "Tear And A Smile" - "Make Me Wanna Holler"
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Bitter Bitter
Released: August, 1999
Billboard peak: # 105
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Adam" - "Fool Of Me" - "Faithful" - "Satisfy" - "Bitter" - "May This Be Love" - "Sincerity" - "Loyalty" - "Beautiful" - "Eve" - "Wasted Time" - "Grace"
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Cookie: The Anthropoligical Mixtape Cookie: The Anthropoligical Mixtape
Released: June, 2002
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Dead N___ Blvd. (Part 1)" - "Hot Night" - "Priorities 1-6" - "Pocketbook" - "Berryfarms" - "Trust" - "Akel Dama (Field Of Blood)" - "Earth" - "Better By The Pound" - "Criterion" - "God.Fear.Money" - "Jabril" - "Dead N____ Blvd. (Part 2)" - "Pocketbook" (Missy Elliott & Rockwilder Remix featuring Redman & Tweet)
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Comfort Woman Comfort Woman
Released: October, 2003
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Billboard peak: # 150
Tracks: "Love Song #1" - "Come Smoke My Herb" - "Andromeda & The Milky Way" - "Love Song #2" - "Body" - "Liliquoi Moon" - "Love Song #3" - "Fellowship" - "Good Intentions" - "Thankful"
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - Dance Of The Infidel Dance Of The Infidel
Released: June, 2005
Tracks: "Mu-Min" - "Al-Falaq 133" - "Aquarium" - "Papillon" - "Dance Of The Infidel" - "The Chosen" - "Luqman" - "When Did You Leave Heaven"
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - The World Has Made Me The Man Of My Dreams The World Has Made Me The Man Of My Dreams
Released: September, 2007
Billboard peak: # 186
Rolling Stone: 3 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: A
Tracks: "Haditha" - "The Sloganeer: Paradise" - "Evolution" - "Virgo" - "Lovely Lovely" - "Elliptical" - "Shirk" - "Article 3" - "Michelle Johnson" - "Headline" - "Solomon" - "Relief: A Stripper Classic"
Me'Shell NdegéOcello - 'Devil's Halo'
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Devil's Halo
Released: October, 2009
Tracks: "Slaughter" - "Tie One On" - "Lola" - "Hair Of The Dog" - "Mass Transit" - "White Girl" - "Love You Down" - "Devil's Halo" - "Bright Shiny Morning" - "Blood On The Curb" - "Die Young" - "Crying In Your Beer"
Me'Shell NdegeOcello - 'Weather' Weather
Released: November, 2011
Tracks: "Weather" - "Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear" - "Feeling For The Wall" - "Chance" - "Oysters" - "Rapid Fire" - "Chelsea Hotel" - "Dirty World" - "A Bitter Mule" - "Crazy And Wild" - "Petite Mort" - "Dead End" - "Don't Take My Kindess For Weakness"
Me'Shell NdegeOcello - 'Pour une ame souveraine'
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Pour une ame souveraine
Released: October 9, 2012
Tracks: "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" - "Suzanne" - "Real Real" - "House Of The Rising Sun" - "Turn Me On" - "Feelin' Good" - "Don't Take All Night" (featuring Sinead O'Connor) - "Nobody's Fault But Mine" - "Be My Husband" - "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair" - "See Line Woman" - "Either Way I Lose" - "To Be Young, Gifted And Black" - "Four Women"
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POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Wild Night
[John Mellencamp with Me'Shell NdegéOcello]

from the John Mellencamp LP
Dance Naked
ARC chart run: 37 - 27 - 19 - 16 - 12 - 8 - 5 - 4 - 4 - 4 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 6 - 8 - 9 - 19 - 27 - off
1(1) 19 1994 John Mellencamp with Me'Shell NdegéOcello - "Wild Night" (Single)
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2 If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)
Plantation Lullabies
24 5 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Dred Loc
Plantation Lullabies
** ** 1993 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Outside Your Door
Plantation Lullabies
** ** 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Leviticus: Faggot
Peace Beyond Passion
** ** 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Who Is He And What Is He To You
Peace Beyond Passion
** ** 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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