Algebra Blessett is one of many underrated R&B singers in the game right now. The Atlanta native, like many great singers, started singing in church. Blessett, who started singing background vocals for artists like Monica and Bilal, made her debut in 2008 with her “Purporse” album. The album spent 14 weeks on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, peaking at No. 56.
Five years later, the songstress is ready to drop her sophomore album, “Recovery,” via eOne Music. The first single from the album, “Nobody But You” is a feel good love song that was produced by Shannon Sanders.
We recently caught up with Algebra Blessett to learn more about her new album, among other topics.
Check out our exclusive interview with Algebra Blessett below.
Has being from Atlanta had any influence in your music?
I’m sure it has without my knowing of it. Atlanta is just a melting pot of all kinds of music. I grew up around Gospel music but there was so many other different types of music that was born here.
You just released your new single “Nobody But You.” Can you tell us more about that song?
It’s just that song about confirming to that special person that no one else matters. It’s just you and him or you and her. It’s a feel good love song.
What was your inspiration behind the title “Recovery”?
We started to analyze all of the records that we wanted to put on the album. A lot of the records had to deal with the next step or the healing process. I found that in the songwriting at the time had a lot to do with recovering — heartache, love…
What’s the difference between “Purpose” and “Recovery”?
My first album was called “Purpose” because clearly I’m supposed to be doing this. With “Recovery,” this is the next step. It’s a very fun, emotional and honest album.
What’s one thing you had to recover from as it pertains to your music career?
Recovering from yesterday. As an artist, people kind of put me in a box. And at one point you believe that you’re in this box….you got to check your integrity. As a daughter, I’m no longer my mother’s little girl. So it’s like okay, I got to be a little more responsible.
We’re done. We’re starting to package it so that you guys can have it by October.
Out of the songs, which really hits home and is the most personal?
All of them. Every last one of them. You get attached to these records when you’re writing them. I have a song called “Writer’s Block” that means a lot to me, a song called “Better For Me” that means a lot to me. Every song has their key moments to me and where I was when the idea came or when I decided to put it on paper.
Have you filmed a video for “Nobody But You”?
Yeah. The video is done.
What’s the concept?
I’m not going to tell you. You’ve got to see it (laughs). We actually finished the edits and whatnot so you can expect it very soon.
What’s one thing that many people many not know about you?
It’s a lot of stuff that people don’t know about me (laughs). I’m an auntie and I love being that. It’s one of my favorite jobs. For the last three years, my life has shifted from that. I love cooking.
What’s your favorite dish to cook?
What? Anything soul food! Macaroni and cheese …beans. I love beans.
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