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Musiq Soulchild, 2016.
|Birth name||Taalib Johnson|
|Also known as|
|Born||September 16, 1977|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Taalib Johnson, professionally known as Musiq Soulchild or simply Musiq (//; born September 16, 1977) is an American singer and songwriter whose style blends R&B, funk, blues, jazz, gospel influences fused with hip hop.
Musiq was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in a strict Muslim household. During his teenage years he built a reputation for being musically gifted, beat boxing for MCs free styling on the open mic circuit, scatting at jazz clubs or just performing an a cappella for strangers on the streets, which is where he got the name "Musiq" and later added "Soulchild". He cites as his inspiration such icons as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway as his most influential musical icons. He dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music.
"There were people who knew of me but they didn't really know me; they just knew me as 'that music dude.' So after getting that so much, I was like 'Just call me Musiq.' It was so fresh to me because if I had to be called anything, I would have wanted to be called Music. That's how much I dug it; when you see me, I want you to automatically think of music. The stage name "Musiq Soulchild" is technically two ideas. 'Musiq' is the front man and 'Soulchild' is the idea behind it. It's basically me as an artist in this generation, representing the traditions and the legacies of the past soul stars."
2000–2004: Def Soul Recordings
Musiq Soulchild signed with Def Soul Records in late 1999, and released his debut album, Aijuswanaseing, in 2000. Its lead single was "Just Friends (Sunny)". Musiq's second single "Love" spent 22 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
Musiq's second album, 2002's Juslisen, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum; it also debuted number one on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and all-genre Billboard 200 charts. The singles were "Halfcrazy" and "Dontchange", which were top tens.
2006–2012: Atlantic Records
His fifth album OnMyRadio was released on December 2, 2008. The lead single "Radio" was a complete contrast to the usual smooth neo soul Musiq fans were accustomed to. The following singles were the duet IfULeave featuring Mary J. Blige; and the ballad SoBeautiful. "SoBeautiful" marked the first collaboration between Musiq and the producer JR Hutson, after Hutson had spent "about eight months" trying to get Musiq to come by his studio. According to Hutson, the two plan to work together again.
In May 2010, he changed management to Victor Grieg.
2013–present My Block Records, Soulstar Music Company, eOne Records
Also in September 2013, Musiq Soulchild announced his departure from Atlantic Records and becoming an independent artist. He revealed he is now signed to record producer Warryn Campbell's label My Block Records. Musiq previously worked with Campbell on his first two albums on Atlantic – 2007's Luvanmusiq and 2008's OnMyRadio.
He released an EP titled The Husel through DatPiff on July 30, 2014.
In April 2016, he released his first independent solo album through My Block/E1 Music, Life on Earth. The lead single is "I Do". Shortly after, he moved to a new label, with eOne/SoulStar Music Company.
In 2017, he released two new singles "Simple Things" and "Start Over" set for a new album titled Feel the Real due on September 15, 2017. He premiered music videos for the tracks in April 2017.
Musiq Soulchild has featured on
- the song "Nothing at All" from Carlos Santana's October 2002 album Shaman;
- The Roots's November 2002 Phrenology on the song "Break You Off";
- rapper Skillz's December 2002 I Ain't Mad No More on the song "Wave Ya Hands!";
- "Are You Experienced?" on March 2004's Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix album;
- Black Ice's September 2006 The Death of Willie Lynch on the song "Takeyatime";
- rapper Lloyd Banks's October 2006 album Rotten Apple on the song Addicted;
- "Reasons" on the March 2007 tribute album Interpretations: Celebrating the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire;
- on Talib Kweli's August 2007 album Eardrum on the song "Oh My Stars";
- Ice Cube's August 2008 album Raw Footage on the song "Why Me?";
- Rapsody's November 2017 album Laila's Wisdom on the song "A Rollercoaster Jam Called Love";
- Kehlani's February 2019 mixtape While We Wait on the song "Footsteps";
- Smif-N-Wessun's March 2019 album The All on the song "Ocean Drive.
He then recorded a remake of Arrested Development's song "People Everyday" with British rapper and singer Estelle for the soundtrack to Tyler Perry's March 2008 Meet the Browns entitled "People Everyday (Metamorphosis Mix)".
Television and books
On June 25, 2012, Musiq released a book on love and relationships entitled "143 – Love According To Musiq". The book's title is inspired by the favorite number of television host Fred Rogers, since the phrase "I love you" has 8 characters: 1 in "I", 4 in "love" and 3 in "you". Rogers stopped production of his television series a year before Dontchange was released.
In 30 March 2009, he had his first child; a son named Zachariah Johnson from his relationship with 702 lead singer Meelah. In October 2017, his daughter Satori Solaris with influencer Ashley Wright was born.
In 1979, at a young age of 2, Musiq got a lazy eye from an accident that occurred while being fed by his uncle. In May 2011, he explained how he got it to a radio interview with Charlamagne on New York’s Power 105 “Breakfast Club” morning show :
When I was mad young, my uncle was trying to feed me and I was mad rebellious. I wanted to feed myself and he was like nah, and he was trying take the fork away from me. So he was feeding me and I wouldn’t let go, so his hand slipped and jerked back into my eye...
|Husel Music (as The Husel)||
|Life on Earth||
|Feel the Real||
|9ine (with Syleena Johnson)||
|A Philly Soul Christmas / Christmas Musiq||
|The Pre-Up – EP||
|The eTeRnAL pEaCe EP||
|Year||Song||US Hot 100||US R&B||Album|
|2000||"Just Friends (Sunny)"||31||6||Aijuswanaseing|
|2001||"Girl Next Door" (featuring Ayana)||85||28|
|"IfULeave" (featuring Mary J. Blige)||71||6|
|2010||"Silky Soul"||—||—||Silky Soul Music – An All-Star Tribute To Maze & Frankie Beverly|
|2011||"Anything" (featuring Swizz Beatz)||—||31||MusiqInTheMagiq|
|2013||"Feel the Fire" (with Syleena Johnson)||—||—||9ine|
|2016||"I Do"||—||11||Life on Earth|
|2017||"Simple Things"||—||—||Feel The Real|
As featured artist
|2002||"Break You Off" (The Roots featuring Musiq Soulchild)||99||55||59||Phrenology|
|2003||"Nothing at All" (Santana featuring Musiq Soulchild)||—||—||—||Shaman|
|2006||"Takeyatime" (Black Ice featuring Musiq Soulchild)||—||—||—||The Death of Willie Lynch|
|2008||"Why Me" (Ice Cube featuring Musiq Soulchild)||—||—||—||Raw Footage|
|"Chocolate High" (India.Arie featuring Musiq Soulchild)||114||19||—||Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics|
|2010||"Forever" (The Floacist featuring Musiq Soulchild)||—||—||—||Floetic Soul|
|"Hope for Haiti" (Kim Burrell featuring Musiq Soulchild, Michelle Williams, Lil' Mo & Tye Tribbett)||—||—||—||Charity single|
|2012||"Ah Yeah" (Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Chrisette Michele & Musiq Soulchild)||—||86||—||Black Radio|
|2013||"Still Believe in Love" (Demetria McKinney featuring Musiq Soulchild)||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|2015||"Give It To You" (Meelah featuring Musiq Soulchild)||-||-||-||TBA|
|2019||"Footsteps" ( Kehlani feat. Musiq Soulchild)||_||_||_||While We Wait|
Soulchild has two platinum as well as two gold albums altogether.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2002 ASCAP Awards||Musiq Soulchild||Best Male R&B Artist||Won|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2001||Musiq Soulchild||Best Male R&B Artist||Won|
|2001||Musiq Soulchild||Best New Artist||Nominated|
|2003||Musiq Soulchild||Best Male R&B Artist||Nominated|
|2007||Musiq Soulchild||BET Centric Award||Nominated|
|2009||Musiq Soulchild||BET J Award||Nominated|
American Music Awards
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2002||Musiq Soulchild||Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist||Nominated|
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2002||"Love"||Best Male R&B Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|2003||"Halfcrazy"||Best Male R&B Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|Juslisen||Best R&B Album||Nominated|
|2004||"Forthenight"||Best Urban/Alternative Performance||Nominated|
|2005||"Are You Experienced?"||Best Urban/Alternative Performance||Nominated|
|2008||"B.U.D.D.Y."||Best Male R&B Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|Luvanmusiq||Best R&B Album||Nominated|
|2010||"SoBeautiful"||Best Male R&B Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|"IfULeave" (feat. Mary J. Blige)||Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals||Nominated|
|"Chocolate High" (with India.Arie)||Nominated|
|2011||"We're Still Friends"||Best Male R&B Vocal Performance||Nominated|
|2017||"I Do"||Best R&B Performance||Nominated|
|2018||Feel the Real||Best R&B Album||Nominated|
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