YBJ Reloaded – A Rage in Harlem

That puffy-haired tower of power is at it again. KimberlyNichole will be re-releasing her debut project, The Yellow Brick Journey – this time rechristened YBJ Reloaded – on Tuesday, June 15th. Pollen Nation (11 East 125th Street), the exclusive brick and mortar store carrying the project, will host a meet and greet/CD signing for her that evening at 7PM. Billie’s Black will also help sponsor the event.

KimberlyNichole, who lives in Harlem, has been making a name for herself since her arrival from Atlanta two years ago. She released The Yellow Brick Journey last summer to enormous critical acclaim and has sold almost a thousand copies since (pretty impressive for someone selling them out of her clutch). And then this winter, she was nominated for a Soul Tracks Readers’ Choice Award (the highest honor for independently-released soul-themed albums) for Best New Artist. Her live performances have created a rabid following, with sell-out shows at Harlem spots such Billie’s Black, The Shrine, Gospel Uptown and Temple M. She hosted a wildly popular open mic night at The DEN when they were in business and has done a couple of performances at the Apollo. Additionally, she’s sold out shows at SOB’s, Joe’s Pub, Tillman’s, South Paw, BAM, Webster Hall, Williamsburg Music Center, Sputnix and the Village Underground, leading Centric TV’s L. Michael Gipson to dub her “the puffy-haired tower of power.”

Pollen Nation, owned by renowned floral designer and event planner, Collin Abraham, has deep ties in the music industry, naming Sean “Diddy” Combs, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Jay-Z, Cyndi Lauper and Beyoncé among their clients. Abrahams’ wife Kelly Abraham, too, is a former music exec, having worked with Erykah Badu, OutKast, Queen Latifah and Stevie Wonder, to drop just a few names. The store has a small collection of independently-released CDs and will add KimberlyNichole’s YBJ Reloaded in an attempt to show continued support of Harlem’s resurgent music scene.

Billie’s Black, which is celebrating their fourth anniversary this month, has long been a supporter of independent artists, providing an uptown home for acts such as Brown Baby Girl, MIKA, Michael Hawkins, Vivian Sessoms, Adina Nyree, Dexter Myers, P.J. Morton and so many more. Owner Adriane Ferguson and events coordinator Alison Murray have worked tirelessly to provide Harlem with some of the top indie soul artists America has to offer. KimberlyNichole has performed there several times

The official album release concert is scheduled for Friday, June 18th at Joe’s Pub (11:45 PM show).

KimberlyNichole’s newest single, A Rage in Harlem.