Find Your Light

by Mariama Whyte

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"Find Your Light" is Mariama Whyte's r&b/soul EP fused with sounds from rock, reggae and world music. Her vocals reflect both power and sophistication, lightness and depth. A witty and conscious songwriter, she writes reflective and clever lyrics accompanied with memorable melodies. Although a short album, Mariama's EP makes a huge statement that makes any listener stand at attention. Stay tuned for more!

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released November 28, 2012

"Find Your Light" credits

1. U Don't Love Me Back (written by Mariama Whyte, Vencott "Vennie" Palmer)

2. Didn't Mean To Do It (written by Mariama Whyte, Rhett George, Vencott "Vennie" Palmer)

3. Find Your Light (written by Mariama Whyte)

4. We Be One (written by Mariama Whyte, Vencott "Vennie" Palmer)

5. In Times of Peace and War (Mariama Whyte, Lubabalo Sibindlana, Rufus Bonds, Jr)

Musician credits:
Mariama Whyte: lead and background vocals; keys, violin (5)
Vencott "Vennie" Palmer: drums, programming, bass, keys (1,2,4)
Jesse Barnes: acoustic guitar (2), electric guitar (4)
Eric Scott Cronstein: electric guitar (2)
Felton Offard: acoustic and electric guitar (3)
Bill Ransom: percussion (1)
Rufus Bonds, Jr: featured male vocal (5)
South African vocal ensemble: Ntomb'khona Dlamini, Nqobile Mbanjwa, Thabile Mtshali, Vusi Sondiyazi (5)
John Mader: drums (5)
Andrew Higgins: bass (5)
B.Z. Lewis: electric guitar (5)
Dave Mancuso: percussion (5)

Music Production Credits:
Tracks 1,2,4 Produced by Vencott "Vennie" Palmer (additional vocal production and arrangement by Mariama Whyte)

Track 3 Produced by Mariama Whyte and Felton Offard

Track 5 Produced by Mariama Whyte and Lubabalo Sibindlana

Recorded by Eric Scott Cronstein, Adam Korbesmeyer, Doc Harrill, Felton Offard and BZ Lewis at AnteUp Audio (Cleveland, OH), Synergy Studios (Cleveland, OH) and Studio 132 (San Francisco, CA)

Tracks 1,3,4 mixed by Doc Harrill at Synergy Studios, Track 2 mixed by Eric Scott Cronstein at Anteup Audio, Track 5 mixed by BZ Lewis at Studio 132, Mastered by Doc Harrill at Synergy Studios

Executive Producer: Mariama Whyte

Photography: Ernest Washington
Hair/Make-up: Patrice Coleman
Design: Sean O'Halloran

www.mariamawhyte.com

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Mariama Whyte Cleveland, Ohio

Mariama Whyte is not your typical artist. Inside her lies a unique voice of many colors. She sings and writes from a place of both tenderness and strength and with R&B as her musical foundation, effortlessly moves through different sounds while remaining herself and at home in them all. A Broadway actress as well, Mariama Whyte has a rare voice and message that the whole world will soon hear. ... more

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Track Name: U Don't Love Me Back
U Don't Love Me Back (lyrics)

Been at this love thing for awhile but now you've taken another road
Everytime I try to warm up to you baby all you do is treat me so cold
What happened that you turn against how did I become your worst enemy
Someone else has your attention but the only who really loves you is me

I do my best all day and night to keep you happy satisfied
But I'm just wasting my time cause I know the bottomline is

Hook
Baby I love you but you don't love me back
Mama giving some real good love but Daddy ain't giving jack
I'm wide open you keep dropping the ball just like a shady quarterback
I love you you don't love me back

Would be nice to get some passion round here brotha
When you gonna do your part
I'm not talking about how you put it down in the bed I'm talking about what you putting down in my heart
You don't appreciate the love I give you do you know how much I sacrifice
I've been nothing but a good woman to you baby why do I deserve this bitter life

I do my best all day and night to keep you happy satisfied but I'm just wasting my time because I know the bottomline is

Hook

Bridge
Oooh do you even know you hurt me to my soul
I can't let you go (2x)

Hook
Track Name: Didn't Mean To Do It
Didn't Mean To Do It (lyrics)

Am I a fool if I knew all along you were going right and I was going wrong
I see it now that I've had time to clear my head
I shoulda laid all alone in my bed
See I've been running from one man to the next
My body and soul need a little time to rest
And it hurts me so bad cause you've been so good to me
But I've gotta go now it's time for me to leave

Hook
Well I didn't mean to do it I'm sorry that I blew it I
I said it was forever
And I hate to walk away but I can't stay cause it ain't getting no better
And deep inside I knew it I shoulda listened to it but I couldn't get it together
Well I didn't I didn't mean to do it

Trust me there were no tricks up my sleeve
Probably the hardest thing for you to hear or believe
But the longer I stay the more that I still need my space
But I still love you I'll always love you forgive when I say
That I've been running from one man to the next
My body my soul need a little time to rest
And it hurts me so bad cause you've been so good to me
But I've gotta go now it's time for me to leave

Hook

Bridge
Would you rather I would you rather I lie disguise and live an untrue life with you
I don't think so
Maybe this is my time to grow as a woman and finally overcomes my obstacles
Yes I think so

Hook
Track Name: Find Your Light
Find Your Light (lyrics)

Take the stage find your place
This is what you were made for
Don't be afraid you have freedom and grace
It's you we're waiting for
See how you shine when you find your light

Sometimes you feel like you walk alone
And you can't make it on your walk
But believe me love is all around
You just need a little faith a little faith
That's really all it takes
Don't worry about yesterday your time is now
See how you shine when you find your light
Track Name: We Be One
We Be One (lyrics)

Like tidal waves crashing from the sea
Shooting stars blazing through the galaxies
Out of the blue you were there looking at me so sweet so sweet
You knew every secret before I told you treated my heart like precious gold
Through all of the joy and struggle baby we never let go
Let's stay young let's grow old together

Hook
You me we be one together
You me we be one forever

Two souls united from two different lands
But one love one heart one solid rock we stand
When the world says we can't we say baby yes we can
You knew every secret before I told you treated my heart like precious gold
Through all of the joy and struggle baby we never let go
Let's stay young let's grow old together

Hook

Breakdown
I am yours and you are mine hand in hand walking in the light
Let's make more love less war no fight
Together we can shine so bright
You me we can build a mighty kingdom build a better world for our children
Amen it's done whatsoever come you and me you and me we be one

Hook
Track Name: In Times of Peace and War
In Times of Peace and War (lyrics)

Please no more fairytales no more magic spells they don't do the trick
Please no more foolish games they are all the same tell me where I fit
In this land of good and plenty so few and so empty
Contradictions so many help me find the way

Chorus
In times of peace in times of war what do I give what do I fight for
In times of peace in times of war how do I live what do I die for
Oh my Lord

We don't need substitutes for the absolute where does the truth lie
Here stuck inside the gray with no words to say seems the safest place to hide
In this land of endless sorrow so many more tomorrows
Contradictions spent and borrowed help me find the way

Chorus