Musiq Soulchild

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*originally scheduled for October 7th

OPENING ACT(s): Vivian Green , Bilal

Fri 10/13

Doors 7:30 / Show 8:30
Electric Factory
— $35 ADV - $40 DOS | All Ages
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Biography

Musiq Soulchild is a hip-hop soul artist that was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He built a reputation for being musically gifted, beat boxing for MC’s, free styling on the open mic circuit or just performing acappella for strangers on the streets. Deeply inspired by the R&B/Soul sound of the 70’s he uses the name “Soulchild” as a way to show respect and admiration to his biggest musical influences such as Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye and many others. In April 2016 he released his 7th studio album entitled “Life On Earth” leading with the new hit single “I Do”. The album peaked at #2 on Billboard R&B album charts and # 3 on the Top Hip-Hop R&B album charts. He has received awards from Billboard, BET, ASCAP, BMI, and Soul Train. He has also earned award nominations from MTV, the American Music Awards, the NAACP, and 12 Grammy nominations.

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  • Vivian Green

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    Born in Philadelphia Vivian Green was raised in a home where Motown classics were always blaring. At fifteen she began to record at multi-platinum group Boyz II Men's studio & soon she received her first professional songwriting credit co-writing the song "Dear God" on their platinum selling album Evolution. Determined to be a recording artist, Green continued to record relentlessly. Her mature, sultry voice and knowledge of material allowed her to sing in some of Philadelphia's premiere jazz clubs despite her age. At 19 Vivian received a recording deal with Sony Music & released her debut album A Love Story in 2002. This contained her first #1 smash hit "Emotional Roller coaster". The Album was certified Gold. Her second album “Vivian” released in 2005 , produced her second #1 hit "Gotta Go Gotta Leave" . In 2004 she gave birth to her son Jordan who was born with an undiagnosed syndrome. Between 2005 and 2010, Jordan's multiple surgeries and health issues demanded her to take a hiatus from releasing albums, but her strength and resilience always pushed her to continue doing what she loves. "Being Jordan's mom is my life and I wouldn't have it any other way", says Green. Vivian’s 2015 release “Vivid” Garnered her latest hit “Get Right Back To My Baby” Reached #2 on the R&B charts! Currently Vivian has a new single ‘I Don’t Know” & is releasing her 6th Album “VGVI” due out in the summer . Vivian is also is an advocate for children with special needs and is pushing her #IamDifferentIamHuman PSA campaign .

  • Bilal

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    If there was one R&B artist for whom the neo-soul categorization seemed limiting, it was Philadelphia native Bilal. None of his recordings resembled the sycophantic worship of soul artists who thrived in the '60 and '70s, and it wasn't just because his voice -- classically trained, capable of singing opera in seven languages -- was so unique. While some inspirations were detectable, his recordings were wholly modern and became increasingly creative. His individuality led to being dropped from a major label, and he went several years without releasing any solo material. Through evangelism from his peers and word of mouth from his early fans, Bilal gained an insatiable following and was supported by sympathetic independent labels, where he was finally able to thrive creatively. Bilal Sayeed Oliver came up in Germantown, a northwest neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A deep interest in jazz was fostered by his father, who took him to the city's clubs. Singing eventually became more than an interest. He attended New York's New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he received voice training, as well as training in jazz and big-band arrangements. Grenique's Black Butterfly, a 1999 release on Motown, was the first major album to feature Bilal's vocals; he contributed to three songs. The following year, he established a deep connection to hip-hop by appearing on Common's Like Water for Chocolate and Guru's third Jazzmatazz album. These recordings led him into the Soulquarians, a rotating collective of collaborators who included Common, Jay Dee (aka J Dilla), the Roots' Ahmir Thompson, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Q-Tip, and Raphael Saadiq within its ranks.

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