Back in August when we gave you a free copy of Lisa Lavie‘s song “Everything Or Nothing,” we asked the musical question: what does it take for a singer to get 3.5 million views on YouTube?

With Lisa Lavie it starts with talent (which she has to spare), continues with looks (see picture above) and ends with great material. That’s the package she delivers with today’s Free MP3 of the Day, “Angel,” from her 2008 Everything Or Nothing debut.

Though this child prodigy from Montreal points to Mariah Carey, Brian McKnight and Boyz II Men as her influences, “Angel” speaks to a much deeper influences. The deep dark growl of her voice talks of the classic soul goddesses like Millie Jackson and Nina Simone (whom we mentioned last time we talked about Double-L) while the spare instrumental arrangement of this cut is more LAX than ATL.

Oh, and about that 3.5 million YouTube number? Crush that. “Angel” has topped 7 million views since it was released four years ago.

Tell me am I ever gonna find my Angel this life.
I've got him on my mind again,
And though I search I never win.

Tell me am I ever gonna find my Angel this life.

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