Neo-Soul artist Inobe has re-branded her albums "I Am Inobe" and "Spiritual Soul" as dual-disc releases featuring concert videos, remixes, live recordings and never-before-released songs. The new issues coincide with recently added show dates. At a time when many artists consider releases in single download formats only, Inobe understands that much of the digital backlash expressed by consumers is due to perceived lack of value in albums.
"Most people I talk to are tired of paying high prices for CD's when there's only one good song and not much else," explains Inobe. "So in addition to writing the best songs I know how, I'm offering my records with added features to increase the value to fans."
A six-year indie music scene veteran who's often compared to Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, Inobe also harnesses the power of the digital age. Her music is available for order or download through her website (www.inobe.com), her performances are viewable at YouTube (www.youtube.com/iaminobe) and she regularly chats with supporters on MySpace (www.myspace.com/inobe).
Although fans can watch her virtual concerts, Inobe prefers to reach them the old-fashioned way. Inobe has toured extensively including four USO tours for U.S. troops abroad. She's performed in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Djibouti, Greenland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Korea, Okinawa, Guam and Marshall Islands.
Inobe has also been a featured performer at many venues across the U.S. She's shared stages with a host of R&B/Soul mainstays including India.Arie, Ashanti, Nivea, Vivian Green, Donnie, Kindred, Roy Hargrove, Musiq Soulchild, Donell Jones, Tony Rich and Debra Killings. Inobe promotes her career via non-music vehicles as well. The real-life entertainer and her music serve as inspiration to fictional lead characters in the New York Times best-sellers "Naughty or Nice" and "Chasing Destiny" by Eric Jerome Dickey.
Also an actress, Inobe appears in Oreo and Discovery Health Channel commercials and she plays a role in the upcoming Russian film "Montana." Whether from the stage, across the airwaves, on the Internet or from the silver screen, Inobe is constantly exploring ways to connect with fans.
She concludes, "People like your music if they can stretch to identify with it, but they don't fully appreciate it unless your music stretches to identify with them."