Musiq to keep you warm

R&B singer marks al­bum release with per­for­mance at Stonecrest

The Covington News - - Business -

R&B hit­maker Musiq Soulchild will per­form live at the Mall at Stonecrest on Satur­day, Dec. 13, at 5 p.m. in cel­e­bra­tion of his highly an­tic­i­pated sopho­more release from At­lantic Records en­ti­tled ON­MYRA­DIO. The new CD, which was re­leased Tues­day, Dec. 9, in­cludes soul­ful tracks such as “Ra­dio,” “So Beau­ti­ful” and the hit sin­gle “If You Leave” fea­tur­ing Mary J. Blige.

This exclusive At­lanta ap­pear­ance will con­clude with a VIP meet and greet where Musiq will sign newly pur­chased copies of ON­MYRA­DIO from Bor­ders Stonecrest. Proof of pur­chase is re­quired to at­tend the meet and greet event.

Philadel­phia-born, Musiq Soulchild, grew up the old­est of nine chil­dren and ea­gerly par­tic­i­pated in Philadel­phia’s open mic scene in his early teens. The son of a die-hard ’70s soul mu­sic fan, Musiq per­formed at Philly show­cases like the Five Spot and Wil­hem­ina’s un­til his man­age­ment team, Mama’s Boys (Jerome Hipps and Michael McArthur), brought him to Def Jam Records’ at­ten­tion. In­spired by such icons as Ste­vie Won­der, James Brown, and Ray Charles, Musiq made a block­buster de­but right out of the gate with 2000’s ac­claimed AIJUSWANASEING. Fu­eled by the break­through sin­gles, “Just Friends (Sunny)” and “Love,” the al­bum went on to earn RIAA plati- num for sales ex­ceed­ing 1 mil­lion. In ad­di­tion, Musiq was hon­ored with a num­ber of awards, in­clud­ing Bill­board Mu­sic Awards for “Best New Artist,” “Top R&B Artist,” “Top R&B Male,” and “Top R&B Sin­gle” (for “Love”), among oth­ers.

Two years later Musiq re­leased his sec­ond al­bum, the spir­i­tual and per­sonal JUSLISEN, which de­buted at num­ber one on the Bill­board R&B/hip-hop charts. Musiq re­ceived nom­i­na­tions for “R&B Al­bum of the Year” at the 2003 Grammy Awards, the BET Awards for Best R&B artist and MTV2 and Bill­board nom­i­nee for Top R&B/Hip Hop sin­gle of the year for “Half Crazy.” Musiq scoured a Soul Train Award for Best R&B soul sin­gle for “Don’t Change.”

In 2003, Musiq Soulchild re­leased the widely-ac­claimed SOUL­STAR and he gar­nered a Grammy nom­i­na­tion for Best Ur­ban Al­ter­na­tive Per­for­mance and a BET Award nom­i­na­tion for “Who Knows.”

Af­ter mov­ing to At­lantic Records, Musiq re­leased the more ma­ture LUVANMUSIQ in 2007. Luvanmusiq was Musiq’s fourth al­bum which re­ceived nu­mer­ous Grammy nom­i­na­tions that in­cluded Best Male R&B Vo­cal Per­for­mance, Best R&B Song for “TeachMe,” and Best R&B Al­bum.

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