On Recovery, her Purpose Music Group/eOne Music debut and second full-length album, the soulful songstress known as Algebra Blessett delivers a consistently sublime set that showcases the remarkable vocal and songwriting gifts that have already established the versatile, charismatic artist as one of R&B's hottest rising performers.
Born Algebra Felicia Blessett and hailing from the R&B hotbed of Atlanta, has already earned a reputation as one of her hometown's most exciting new talents. Having already won widespread acclaim with her solo debut Purpose, and for her work as collaborator with the likes of Monica, Bilal, India Arie, Esperanza Spalding and Anthony David, Algebra offers a fresh, expansive creative vision on Recovery, on which she worked with three of today's hottest urban producers: Bryan-Michael Cox, Kwamé Holland and Shannon Sanders.
Such indelible new self-penned tunes as "Nobody But You," "Right Next to You" and the pointed "Writer's Block" demonstrate Algebra's uncanny ability to spin insightful scenarios that are rooted in personal experience and crafted to convey maximum musical and emotional impact. Whether she's delivering infectious pop, swaggering funk or sensitive balladry, there are no gimmicks here, just timelessly soulful, effortlessly accessible music that draws upon the varied musical skills that Blessett has developed through a lifetime of creative curiosity.
Once she finally embraced her musical destiny, Blessett quickly gained a reputation on her hometown's booming R&B scene, becoming an in-demand backup singer and lending her pen and voice to such recording projects to such recording projects as India.Arie's Grammy-winning 2002 platinum smash Voyage to India, while touring with R&B artists Monica and Bilal.
As Blessett 's notoriety spread, she continued to expand her creative horizons by teaching herself to play guitar and write songs, initially by adapting her first person journal entries into lyrics.
After signing her first record deal and earning significant attention with her first single "U Do It For Me," Algebra released her first full-length album Purpose, which she recorded with producers Bryan-Michael Cox, Kwamé Holland, Eric Roberson and Carvin & Ivan. The debut disc spent 14 weeks on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop album chart, establishing Algebra as a vital musical force.
She sang on three of fellow Atlanta artist Anthony David's albums, with the two singers joining forces on the hit duet (and popular wedding song) "4Evermore," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's R&B Adult Contemporary chart in 2011. Blessett also co-wrote and sang on Esperanza Spalding's hit "Black Gold" from Spalding's Grammy-winning Radio Music Society, was featured on Vivian Green's album The Green Room, and sang with Anthony Hamilton on hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari's "She Was Just A Friend."
Meanwhile, Algebra continued to perform her own live club gigs, and quietly released the eclectic mix tape EP Dessert Before Dinner, which included personalized reworking of songs by '80s rock band Extreme and seminal hip-hop duo Eric B. and Rakim, and which generated substantial underground buzz.
She also recorded a version of the Nina Simone classic "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" that won considerable grass-roots attention. Blessett also found time to pursue her longstanding interests in acting and dance, winning attention for her performance in the Atlanta-based stage musical Rebirth.