A true-blue musical chameleon, Mapei brings palpable soul and sonic versatility to a world where genre matters less and less. The Stockholm native soaks up influences–from hip-hop to dance-pop and Swedish club to gospel–and the results feel organic, timeless and positively exuberant. It’s music of experience–well-traveled and alive.

Born in Rhode Island, Mapei spent her early years in Providence in a hippie household where music was a constant. “I did my own thing as soon I could,” she says. “I was already performing in grade school and recording tapes of my own music. Let’s just say I was too soulful for music class.

”With a natural flair for both R&B and rapping, Mapei ended up in Sweden–a far different musical climate with a penchant for club music, skewed pop and European folk. And just like her early years, she embraced these new styles, learning their structures, emotions and how to elicit a genuine reaction from listeners with new sounds.