As a singer-songwriter, musician and producer, Bilal will be bringing his signature sound to London’s XOYO for a night of live music this July. The American singer’s music has gradually evolved over the years of his noteworthy career, with the fusion of influences in his project including genres from the likes of jazz, hip hop, blues and soul. For just one night, listeners will be able to relive hits from Bilal’s previous albums that have garnered widespread success over the past two decades for this legendary R&B artist.
Raised from a young age with an appreciation for jazz off the back of attending clubs with his father, the Philadelphia native grew up and took his passion for performing to the next level at New York’s New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, which would later support his goal of becoming a professional singer.
His debut album, 1st Born Second, received positive feedback from avid music fans, which resulted in reaching the Top Ten of Billboard’s R&B albums chart - with the single ‘Soul Sista’ achieving number 18 on the R&B singles chart. After a hiatus, his official second album, Airtight’s Revenge, would come in 2010 and mark the return of this soul icon, later being succeeded with the 2015 commercial album release of In Another Life.
In addition to his impressive solo repertoire, the soul singer has also collaborated with a number of renown music acts such as Beyoncé, Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, and many more household names, as well as winning a Grammy Award for his feature on ‘These Walls’ with Kendrick Lamar.
Bilal will be coming to XOYO in London on Saturday 14th July.
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