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Citizen Cope is both a person (singer/songwriter Clarence Greenwood) and an acoustic-driven band. Born in Memphis and raised in Washington, D.C., Greenwood is the leader of the group, and he steers the band's soulful sound by serving as keyboardist, guitarist, lead singer, DJ, songwriter, and producer. Greenwood first broke into the music business by appearing on albums by Maryland-based rapper Basehead (1993's Not in Kansas Anymore and 1996's Faith), and he used that momentum to issue his first Citizen Cope album, Cope Citizen, in 1992. Greenwood spent the rest of the decade donating songs to several independently issued compilations -- including 1997's Settling the DC Score and 1999's Anti-Racist Action Benefit -- and appearing on the soundtracks to movies like Eat Me and Clubland. He also performed on Lazy K's 1997 album Life in One Day and inked his own deal with Capitol Records. Although Greenwood recorded an entire album, Shotguns, during his time with Capitol, the label never released the record and he was eventually released from his contract. Dreamworks took the opportunity to sign him in 2000, and Citizen Cope's self-titled album was released two years later. The bad luck continued, however, as Greenwood felt the label mishandled his record. Using an advance from Arista, he bought his way out of the Dreamworks contract and settled into a partnership with his new label. The Clarence Greenwood Recordings hit shelves in September 2004 and received considerable attention, with the track "Son's Gonna Rise" even appearing in a GM Pontiac commercial. The band remained with Arista/RCA for the release of Every Waking Moment two years later, but Greenwood had grown tired of the boundaries presented by any record label. Accordingly, he released The Rainwater LP himself in 2010, although the band's fusion of blues, folk-pop, and laid-back hip-hop remained intact. Greenwood returned two years later with a mellower, more laid-back sound on 2012's One Lovely Day. ~ Greg Prato
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Albums by
Citizen Cope

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    One Lovely Day

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    The RainWater LP

    11 songs

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    Every Waking Moment

    11 songs

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    The Clarence Greenwood Recordings

    14 songs

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    Citizen Cope

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    Back Together/Brother Lee

    1 song

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    Son's Gonna Rise (New Radio Mix)

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    Bullet And A Target (Radio Edit)

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    Bullet And A Target

    11 songs

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    Clarence Greenwood Recording


Top Songs by
Citizen Cope

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  2.   Brother Lee
  3.   Sideways
  4.   Bullet and a Target
  5.   Let the Drummer Kick
  6.   Son's Gonna Rise
  7.   Something to Believe In
  8.   Back Together
  9.   DFW
  10.   Healing Hands
  11.   Pablo Picasso
  12.   Lifeline
  13.   Salvation
  14.   I Couldn't Explain Why
  15.   Fame
  16.   Holdin' On
  17.   Mandy
  18.   Nite Becomes Day
  19.   200,000
  20.   107°
  21.   D'Artagnan's Theme
  22.   Penitentiary
  23.   Comin' Back
  24.   Awe
  25.   My Way Home
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Citizen Cope

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    The Current


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