Meshell Ndegeocello Previews New Album ‘No More Water: The Gospel of James Baldwin’ For ‘Tiny Desk Concert’

Meshell offered songs from her upcoming LP including the unreleased, “Thus Sayeth The Lorde.”

By Nate Todd Jun 19, 2024 8:49 am PDT

Meshell Ndegeocello recently delivered a Tiny Desk Concert. Part of NPR Music’s Black Music Month series highlighting Black women artists, the singer-songwriter and bassist offered songs from her upcoming album No More Water: The Gospel of James Baldwin along with older favorites.

Meshell Ndegeocello’s No More Water: The Gospel of James Baldwin, inspired by the great 20th century writer and civil rights activist, arrives on August 2 via Blue Note Records. Meshell launched her Tiny Desk session with the lead single and opening track, “Travel.”


Ndegeocello and her band — vocalists Justin Hicks and Kenita Miller, keyboardist Jake Sherman, drummer Abe Rounds, guitarist Chris Bruce and bassist Kyle Miles — continued with the unreleased No More Water cut, “Thus Sayeth The Lorde,” referencing writer Audre Lorde, before turning to the latest single from the record, “Love.”

NPR Music’s Nikki Birch detailed Ndegeocello’s last two songs:

The final songs of Ndegeocello’s Tiny Desk Concert are fan favorites. First, we’re sent off into space with the playful “Virgo,” from Ndegeocello’s album The Omnichord Real Book. Then, she brings us back to Earth with the yearning “Outside Your Door.”

Watch Meshell Ndegeocello’s Tiny Desk Concert below:

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