When Bilal sings, you can feel the soul. This talented Philadelphian is one of the brightest stars of the new generation of neo-soul. His ability to sing in a freeform style and his stunning falsetto put him head and shoulders above his peers.
A classically trained vocal veteran, Bilal released his debut album, 1st Born Second, in 2001, which boasted the popular single “Soul Sista.” The follow-up, Love for Sale (2006), was shelved but leaked entirely online. The record was well received by fans and music critics and has become an underground classic. In the following years, Bilal has collaborated and performed with some of the industry’s most prominent artists including Beyonce, Common, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper, Boney James, Musiq and The Roots among others.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“What a frequency … What a voice. I love Bilal. I couldn’t imagine a music world without his voice.” – Erykah Badu
“I have a very connected history with Bilal. I heard his demo years ago. I heard all of the magic instantly. He’s a master at interpretation of song.” – Q-Tip
“Bilal is hands down one of the greatest specimens of voice in post-modern hip-hop culture.” –Questlove
“His voice is like a Van Gogh painting … A Salvador Dali … His voice has so many textures to it.” – Janelle Monae