Musiq Soulchild, Bilal and Vivian Green come to Electric Factory
Three of Philly’s brightest stars, Musiq Soulchild, Bilal and Vivian Green, will perform tonight at the Electric Factory. All of them were part of the city’s neo-soul wave in the early 2000s, and each has gone on to have successful yet distinctly unique careers. With the artists armed with new or recent music and seasoned with experience, concertgoers are surely in for a treat.
Last month, Musiq, the Grammy-nominated soul star — born Taalib Johnson — celebrated his birthday and released his newest album, “Feel the Real,” on eOne. His signature brand of soul has always bravely contended with love and continues to deal with the nuances of relationships with acute sensitivity and lush vocal styling.
Never one to stay in one lane, over the years Musiq has released work exploring other sounds and genres under different monikers. As his alter-ego Husel, he dropped an auto-tune laced rap album, and in 2015 he released a beautiful EP, the “eTeRnAl pEaCe,” as Purple Wondaluv. The intricate harmonies and hope-tinged standout tracks on the EP urged listeners to chase after dreams, face fears with faith and realize that each of us has the power to change our circumstances.
At the show, Musiq’s wholesome, down-to-earth sound will be complemented by Bilal’s wild streak. The Germantown-bred singer is a powerhouse on stage, taking listeners on an otherworldly musical ride. It’s a guaranteed good time.
In 2015, the Grammy-winning songwriter, singer and performer released his most recent album, “In Another Life,” with jazz on “I Really Don’t Care,” searing sentimental soul on “Bury Me Next to You,” and a dash of rock on “Lunatic” sprinkled in. His storied career is full of collaborations with contemporary artists such as Robert Glasper, Kendrick Lamar, Kat Dahlia and Pakistan’s The Sachal Ensemble. Bilal’s dynamism and deep musical knowledge explodes onstage, leaving fans exuberant.
Rounding out the night is Vivian Green. The powerful vocalist might be best known for her early hit singles “Emotional Rollercoaster” and “Gotta Go, Gotta Leave,” but earlier this month, the artist released her new album “VGVI.” Fans got a taste of what was in store on the album with the single “I Don’t Know,” which melds R&B and reggae. This is Green’s sixth album, and the beautiful performer and mom seems like she’s got more to give.
Jam with them at the Electric Factory. Tickets are still available.