Bilal - CD Release Show
Tue · June 30, 2015
Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
$20.00 - $38.00 + Fees
This event is all ages
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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.
A turbulent solo deal with Interscope resulted in Bilal's debut album, 1st Born Second. An exemplary neo-soul release featuring collaborations with Mike City, Robert Glasper, and many of the Soulquarians, it was issued in July 2001 and reached the Top Ten of Billboard's R&B albums chart. One of its three singles, "Soul Sista," peaked at number 18 on the R&B singles chart, while "Fast Lane" -- co-written with Damu and Faulu Mtume (the sons of James Mtume and two of the singer's earliest supporters) -- narrowly missed the Top 40. At that point, the closest points of comparison were D'Angelo and Maxwell, yet Bilal was more dynamic than the former and less mannered than the latter. 1st Born Second carried an energy that neither one of those singers, as hot as they were at the time, could boast.
Bilal recorded a second album, Love for Sale, and handled much of the songwriting and production duties, while Jay Dee, Dr. Dre, and Nottz assisted in limited capacities. Promo vinyl was pressed and the album leaked online, prompting Bilal's label to put it on ice. Bilal was subsequently dropped, but his following increased significantly. He must have had some mixed feelings when he performed the material to appreciative crowds who knew the material -- off a technically unreleased album -- inside out.
Meanwhile, nine years passed without a commercially released follow-up to 1st Born Second. Bilal had been a featured artist on songs by Beyoncé, Musiq, Clipse, Sa-Ra, Jay-Z, and several others, including many of his fellow Soulquarians, but it wasn't until 2010 that he released his second proper album. Airtight's Revenge was released on the Plug Research label and saw Bilal working extensively with Steve McKie, along with Sa-Ra's Shafiq Husayn (Bilal had appeared on Husayn's own Plug Research album, Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka), Nottz, Conley "Tone" Whitfield, 88-Keys, and several studio musicians who gave the set a loose, band-like feel. Its "Little One" was nominated for a 2011 Grammy in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category. In February 2013, after appearing on the Roots' Grammy-nominated Undun and Robert Glasper Experiment's Grammy-winning Black Radio, Bilal released A Love Surreal on eOne. Appearances on a typically diverse range of albums by the likes of Otis Brown III, Kimbra, Kat Dahlia, Kendrick Lamar, and Slum Village led to In Another Life, an album-length collaboration with producer and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge. Bilal's fifth commercially released set, it was issued in June 2015.
Born and raised in the rich musical legacy of Philadelphia, Temika attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing arts where she choraled the halls with fellow industry mates Boyz II Men, Amel Larrieux, Christian McBride, Lizz Fields, Mark Nelson, Joey DeFrancesco, Amhir "?uestlove" Thompson, Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, Karen Slack and Tamika Patton. Shortly after graduating from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where she received the first Ella Fitzgerald music scholarship award, Temika further developed her sound performing at numerous venues in the Washington, DC area and abroad.
Temika Moore is regarded by many as a vocal virtuoso sharing the title with powerhouses Rachelle Ferrell, Ledisi, Maysa, Lizz Wright, Carol Riddick and Lalah Hathaway. Considered under-the-radar of mainstream celebrity culture, those that have discovered Temika’s body of work consider themselves to be among an exclusive group of music aficionados. She has shared the stage with Will Downing, Roy Ayers, Marcus Johnson and the late Stanley Turrentine. She has also opened for KEM, Ledisi, Dwele, Conya Doss, Cassandra Wilson, Najee, Pieces of a Dream, Melba Moore and Jean Carne. If any of these illuminated artists are one of your desert island picks, make room for Temika Moore.
“Temika Moore puts more of self into the music.”
C.R. Hodge - The Washington Times
“Temika is exactly what we need.”
Sandy Shore - Smoothjazz.com
“When I first heard Temika sing I said to myself, "Finally someone new has come to raise the musical bar. Temika posses all the elements of a good singer-beautiful tone and phrasing, not to mention her ability to interpret a song. ”
Will Downing - Verve Music Group Recording Artist
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