I know, I know, it's tough to balance lush and simple with the temptations of the studio. That's not to say it can't be done, but an artist with a singular focused message can't afford to bury it. Like I said, it's a balance, and Laura Aiisha's debut offering, "I Am," has achieved it wonderfully. With her exquisitely smooth alto, she also balances secular accessibility with an irresistible spirituality and a way cool splash of old school soul. Just dig the track "Complete Me," a beautiful Marley in Motown mix. The expectations I had — Aiisha singing exclusively in the one drop style from her time in Mosaic Foundation — were pleasantly shattered as this artist has blossomed exponentially to embrace so much more of the world and its music. I've got a feeling there's more splendor to come from Laura Aiisha.