|After her father, Greg, a congo player, and her mothers allusion at birth that she would be unique. In a word, its all Grenique.
The twenty-three year old from Landover, MD is as radiant as her Motown debut, BLACK BUTTERFLY, an album about womanhood, rebellion and third eyes; the laying of foundation and claim. In Greniques vocals and articulations, shes learned by the ways of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn; the depths of Phyllis Hyman and the soul funk of Cameo and Chaka Khan.
Im a songstress, she says. Lyricist. The way she sees it, her voice work has precious little to do with carrying a tune; baby girl cant even tell you what commercial means. What she does do is all about soul. Life experiences. The stuff youve been through or heard about. Im a storyteller, she says, all honey and smiles. I feel it in me and everybody else will, too.
BLACK BUTTERFLY, produced by Motown President, Kedar Massenburg, is an intense work of grace and subtlety. One of the hottest songs on the CD, Disco is part of the platinum-selling soundtrack, Rush Hour. Other powerful singles include Should I, where Grenique questions whether or not to leave a relationship gone bad and Star Of The Story, which is most sobering, when she sings, Angel/Come to me/Part of all the love you are,- you understand this is a channeling. I was getting into my spirit, says Grenique.
Turned-out bursts aside, BLACK BUTTERFLY is Greniques search for clarity and a certain quiet. Better to hear your guardian angels. You have to go through your obstacles your trials and tribulations, she says smiling, yet serious, to get to who you are. But in that journey to wherever youre trying to go, Grenique has learned that there is ultimately one thing you must do about your goal. Claim it, she says.
BLACK BUTTERFLY. Claim it. Indeed.