Meshell Ndegeocello

Meshell Ndegeocello

Composer/Artist/
Songwriter


Mercurial and masterful, MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO has survived the best and worst of what a career in music has to offer. She eschewed genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musicals trends for musical truths. She has lived through the boom and bust of the industry and emerged just as she entered – unequivocally herself. Fans have come to expect the unexpected from Meshell, and faithfully followed her on sojourns into soul, spoken word, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, rock, all bound by a lyrical, spiritual search for love, justice, respect, resolution, and happiness.

Long assured of her place as an authentic musical thinker, Meshell’s investigation of sound invariably leads not just to a new musical experience but also defies and redefines the expectations for women, for queer artists, and for black music.

A bass player above all else, Meshell has been nominated for ten Grammy awards and brings her warm, fat, and melodic groove to everything she does. She has appeared alongside the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, James Blood Ulmer, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tony Allen, John Medeski, Billy Preston, and Chaka Khan. As for her own bass-playing influences, she credits Sting, Jaco Pastorius, Family Man Barrett, and Stevie Wonder. Meshell was the first woman to be featured on the cover of Bass Player magazine and remains one of few women who write the music, sing the songs, and lead the band.

Selected Credits


TELEVISION

Our Kind of People (Upcoming, Composer) 
Fox Network
Director: Tasha Smith
Producers: Lee Daniels, Karin Gist, Claire Brown, Ben Silverman
Starring: Kyle Bary, Ashley N. Blake, Rhyon Nicole Brown

We The People (Upcoming) (Theme, Episode)
Netflix / Higher Ground / Laughing Wild / Khalabo 
Producers: Priya Swaminathan, Ada Chiaghana, Chris Nee, PeeDee Shindell, Kenya Barris, Erynn Sampson, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama

Black Mafia Family (Upcoming, Composer) 
STARZ
Producers: Randy Huggins, Terri Kopp, 50 Cent, Anthony Wilson

Queen Sugar (Composer) OWN
Producers: Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey
Starring: Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe

All Rise (Songs) 
CBS
Producers: Ronald Chong, Len Goldstein, Michael M. Robin
Starring: Simone Missick, Wilson Bethel, Jessica Camacho

So You Think You Can Dance (Soundtrack) 
20th Century Fox
Producers: Simon Fuller, Nigel Lythgoe, Allen Shapiro

She’s Gotta Have It (Songs) 
Netflix
Director: Spike Lee
Producers: Radha Blank, Barry Michael Cooper, Lynn Nottage, Spike Lee
Starring: DeWanda Wise, Anthony Ramos, Lyriq Bent

I Love Dick (Songs) 
Amazon Prime Video
Producers: Jennifer Corey, Carly Norris-Kahane, Joan Scheckel
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn, Griffin Dunne

The Walking Dead (Songs) 
AMC
Producers: Denise M. Huth, Scott M. Gimple, Tom Luse, David Alpert
Starring: Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira

Noah’s Arc (Composer) 
LOGO
Director: Patrik-Ian Polk
Producers: Jasmyne Cannick, Jason Mandl, Patrik-Ian Polk, Carol Ann Shine
Starring: Nate Adams, Jensen Atwood, Wilson Cruz

Living Single (Songs) 
Warner Bros. Television
Director: John Bowab, Henry Chan, Kim Fields, etc…
Producers: Yvette Lee Bowser, Jacque Edmonds
Starring: Queen Latifah, Erika Alexander

FILM

Diamondback (Upcoming, Composer) 
June Bug Pictures
Directors: Jennia Fredrique Aponte
Producers: Jennifer Julian, Holly Payberg-Torrojia

All In: The Fight for Democracy 
Amazon Studios
Directors: Lisa Cortes, Liz Garbus
Producers: Stacey Abrams, Dan Cogan, Lisa Cortes, Liz Garbus
Starring: Stacey Abrams

Ahead of the Curve
Wolfe Releasing
Directors: Jen Rainin, Rivkah Beth Medow
Producers: Rivkah Beth Medow
Starring: Franco Stevens, Melissa Etheridge, Jewelle Gomez

Really Love (Song) 
MACRO
Director: Angel Kristi Williams
Producers: Mel Jones, Charles D. King, Kim Roth
Starring: Michael Ealy, Jade Eshete, Uzo Aduba

Solace (Composer) 
Gravitas Ventures
Director: Tchaiko Omawale
Producers: Maya Emelle, Tchaiko Omawale, Hope Olaide Wilson
Starring: Hope Olaide Wilson, Chelsea Tavares, Lynn Whitfield

Proud Mary (Songs) 
Screen Gems
Director: Babak Najafi
Producers: Tai Duncan, Mark Anthony Little, Paul Schiff
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Jahi Di’Allo Winston

The Only Living Boy in New York (Songs) 
Amazon Studios
Director: Marc Webb
Producers: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa
Starring: Callum Turner, Jeff Bridges, Kate Beckinsale

Soul Men (Songs) 
Dimension Films
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Producers: Charles Castaldi, David T. Friendly, Steve Greener
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Bernie Mac, Sharon Leal

The House on Coco Road (Composer)
Director: Damani Baker
Producer: Max Osterweis
Starring: Angela Davis, Fania Davis, Fannie Huntington

Talk To Me (End Title) 
Focus Features
Director: Kasi Lemmons
Producers: Miles Dale, William Horberg, Bruce Toll, Joseph Rappa
Starring: Don Cheadle, Cedric the Entertainer, Martin Sheen

Daddy’s Little Girls (Songs) 
Lionsgate
Director: Tyler Perry
Producers: Reuban Cannon, Tyler Perry
Starring: Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Louis Gossett Jr.

Hound Dog (Composer) 
Full Moon Films
Director: Deborah Kampmeier
Producers: Robin Wright-Penn, Deborah Kampmeier
Starring: Robin Wright-Penn, Dakota Fanning

The Lake House (Songs) 
Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Alejandro Agresti
Producers: Doug Davison, Roy Lee
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock

Something New (Songs) 
Focus Features
Director: Sanaa Hamri
Producers: Stephanie Allain, Preston Holmes, Joe Pichirallo
Starring: Simon Baker, Sanaa Lathan, Blaire Underwood

Biker Boyz (Songs) 
Dreamworks SKG
Director: Reggie Rock Bythewood
Producers: Stephanie Allain, Paul Garnes
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Derek Luke, Orlando Jones

Standing in the Shadows Of Motown (Songs and Appearance) 
Artisan
Director: Paul Justman
Producers: Sandford Passman, Paul Justman

The Laramie Project (Songs) 
HBO Films
Director: Moises Kaufman
Producers: Declan Baldwin, Peter Cane
Starring: Christina Ricci. Steve Buscemi

Lost & Delirious (Songs) 
Lions Gate Films
Director: Lea Pool
Producers: Greg Dummett, Lorraine Richard
Starring: Piper Perabo, Mischa Barton

Love & Basketball (Songs) 
New Line Cinema
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Producers: Andrew Z. Davis, Spike Lee
Starring: Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan

The Hurricane (Songs) 
Universal Pictures
Director: Norman Jewison
Producers: Michael Fitzgerald, Andrew Stevens, Sean pen
Starring: Denzel Washington, Deborah Unger, Liev Schreiber

The Best Man (Songs) 
Universal Pictures
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Producers: Bill Carraro, Sam Kitt, Spike Lee
Starring: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut

Down In The Delta (Songs) 
Showtime/Miramax
Director: Maya Angelou
Producers: Reuben Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Victor McGauley
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kulani Hassen

How Stella Got Her Groove Back (Songs) 
20th Century Fox
Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Producers: Ronald Bass, Terry McMillan
Starring: Angela Bassett. Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg

Money Talks (Songs) 
New Line Cinema
Director: Brett Ratner
Producers: Walter Coblenz, Any Henkels, Tracy Kramer
Starring: Chris Tucker, Charlie Sheen

Batman & Robin (Songs) 
Warner Brothers
Director: Joel Schumacher
Producers: Peter MacGregor, Benjamin Melniker
Starring: George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurman

Love Jones (Songs) 
New Line Cinema
Director: Theodore Witcher
Producers: Amy Henkels, Julia Chasman
Starring: Larenz Tate, Nia Long

White Man’s Burden (Songs) 
HBO/Rysher/A Band Apart
Director: Desmond Nakano
Producer: Lawrence Bender
Starring: John Travolta, Harry Belafonte, Kelly Lynch

Panther (Songs) 
Polygram/Gramercy
Director: Mario Van Peebles
Producers: Liza Chasin, Melvin Van Peebles, Robert DeNiro
Starring: Kadeem Hardison, Angela Bassett

Vampire in Brooklyn (Songs) 
Paramount Home Video
Director: Wes Craven
Producers: Eddie Murphy, Mark Lipsky
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett

Higher Learning (Songs) 
Columbia Pictures
Director: John Singleton
Producers: Paul Hall, John Singleton
Starring: Omar Epps, Michael Rapaport, Jennifer Connelly

FILMS FOR TELEVISION
Lackawanna Blues (Composer) HBO Films
Director: George C. Wolfe
Producers: Halle Berry, Vince Cirrincione
Starring: Louis Gossett Jr., Mos Def

Disappearing Acts (Composer)
HBO Films
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Producers: Lydia Dean Pilcher, Juanita F. Diana
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Sanaa Lathan

People – A Musical Celebration Of Diversity (Songs) 
Disney Channel
Director: Vladlen Barbe
Producers: Joshua M. Greene, Arnold J. Holland
Starring: Hume Cronyn, James Earl Jones

DISCOGRAPHY

Ventriloquism 
2018

Comet, Come To Me* 
2014

All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller* 
2014
Artist: Jason Moran
Nominated for a Grammy Award 2015

Promise of a Brand New Day* 
2014
Artist: Ruthie Foster
Nominated for a Grammy Award 2015

Time* 
2014
Artist: Anthony Joseph

Pour une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone* 
2012

Weather 
2011

Devil’s Halo* 
2009

The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams* 
2007

Dance of the Infidel* 
2005

Comfort Woman* 
2003

Cookie: The Anthropological Mixtape* 
2002

Bitter 
1999

Peace Beyond Passion 
1996

Plantation Lullabies 1993

* Producer credit