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Citizen Cope Keeps Fan Base Building

Of the Oakland Press

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Citizen Cope isnít in a hurry to make his fourth album ó for a good reason.

ďI feel like Iíve got three records out now that havenít been heard, so thereís work to do on those,Ē says the Brooklyn-born singer, songwriter and DJ whose real name is Clarence Greenwood.

ďThereís so many people who are constantly being turned onto the music. Thatís whatís really great about it, is itís happened over a four-year period where people have been discovering one record and the next thing you know theyíve got all three. So Iím always seeing a lot of new people at shows who Iíve never seen and who have never seen me.Ē

Probably best known for a Pontiac commercial that featured his song ďSonís Gonna Rise,Ē Cope is currently plotting his next move. He recently parted ways with his record company, RCA, and figures that ďI kind of have a time right now where Iím gonna try to mull over what my options are ó maybe my own label imprint in conjunction with a major label.

ďI think that the whole thing, the music business thing, is dead. But itís so exciting ícause the whole independent movement is gonna come back up now. For somebody like me, who has such a solid fan base, thatís gonna be exciting.Ē

Citizen Cope performs Friday (Feb. 22) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $28. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloak musictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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