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The Foreign Exchange - Love In Flying Colors
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Love In Flying Colors

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Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange
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Dear Friends: An Evening With...

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The Foreign Exchange - Authenticity
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Authenticity

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The Foreign Exchange - Leave It All Behind
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Leave It All Behind

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The Foreign Exchange - Connected
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Connected

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Upcoming events
Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM
LIFC Tour · The Crocodile, Seattle WA
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with live band
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Wed Sep 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM
LIFC Tour · Jazz Cafe, London UK
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with live band
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Thu Sep 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM
LIFC Tour · Hare & Hounds, Birmingham UK
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with live band
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Fri Sep 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM
LIFC Tour · Jazz Cafe, London UK
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with live band
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Sun Sep 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM
LIFC Tour · BIRD, Rotterdam NL
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with live band
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Sat Oct 4, 2014 at 7:30 PM
LIFC Tour · People's Place, Amsterdam
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Sat Nov 15, 2014 at 8:30 PM
Club Subterraneo, Santiago de Chile (CL)
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The Foreign Exchange

Artist Biography by Marisa Brown for AllMusic.
Representative of how the Internet can aid in creating music, the Foreign Exchange started when Little Brother rapper Phonte heard a beat on Okayplayer.com by Dutch producer Nicolay and asked if he could lay some vocals over it. Nicolay agreed, and the song "Light It Up" appeared shortly after as the B-side to Little Brother's 2002 single "Whatever You Say." Relying mainly on instant messaging and email, the duo continued to work together, with Nicolay sending beats to Phonte, who would add vocals and send them back until they had enough tracks together to form an album. Not once during the entire process of making their debut, Connected, which came out in 2004, did the members of the Foreign Exchange speak over the phone or in person. Due in part to an increasing production load, Nicolay moved to the States, and Leave It All Behind, the second FE album -- more R&B-oriented than the debut -- was recorded. Released in 2008 and featuring a handful of stunning videos, its lead single, "Daykeeper," was nominated for a 2010 Grammy in the category of Best Urban/Alternative Performance (and lost to India.Arie's "Pearls"). After assisting two of their associates, YahZarah (The Ballad of Purple St. James) and Zo! (SunStorm), with albums, the Foreign Exchange released Authenticity. All three albums were issued in 2010 through The Foreign Exchange Music. A DVD/CD set, Dear Friends: An Evening with the Foreign Exchange (2011) and a two-disc set of remixes and new songs titled The Reworks (2013) preceded the group's fourth studio album, Love in Flying Colors.

Discography
+ Love In Flying Colors (2013)
+ Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange (2011)
+ Authenticity (2010)
+ Leave It All Behind (2008)
+ Connected (2004)

News Feed
+ Photos of The Foreign Exchange's Love In Flying Colors Tour in Orange County
+ Photos of The Foreign Exchange's Love In Flying Colors Tour in San Diego CA
+ The Foreign Exchange at People's Place, Amsterdam (NL) | Oct 4, 2014
+ 'Right After Midnight' live on Fox 5 TV in Las Vegas
+ R&B Duo the Foreign Exchange Aims for the Soul (via Vegas Seven)

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