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This is me saying that when it comes to my music, I know that I am the magic in my music.
That's R&B singer Musiq Soulchild revealing the confident message behind his sixth studio album, ‘MUSIQINTHEMAGIQ.' Soundcheck catches up with the Philly soul singer to discuss Donny Hathaway, R&B, and his new record's first single, 'Anything,' featuring Swizz Beatz. Check out our awesome set with Musiq Soulchild - and go pick up a copy of ‘MUSIQINTHEMAGIQ’ online and in Walmart stores nationwide!
-The Crew at Walmart Soundcheck
On Making Magic:
“A lot of people talk about the magic in the music, but no one really elaborates on what that music is. This is me saying that when it comes to my music, I know that I am the magic in my music. I’m not taking any shine or credit away from anyone. This is me owning my contribution to my music.”
On Soulful Inspiration:
“I remember listening to a lot of old-school soul records, classic soul records that helped me to identify whatever it was I was experiencing in life. I used to listen to a lot of Marvin Gaye, a lot of Stevie Wonder, a lot of Donny Hathaway. Those are the three main artists that I go to immediately and I pattern myself on in a lot of ways.”
On Reaching Beyond R&B:
“Not everybody listens to R&B music. That doesn’t make me sad and I don’t feel bad about that; I just recognize it and accept it as a reality. What else is out there that people listen to? Can I contribute to that genre of music? I would rather entertain you in the way that you like to be entertained than try to convince you and browbeat you to like what I do."
On Living His Dream:
“I wouldn’t rather do anything else than what I’m doing right now.”
On Music As Medicine:
"I want you to be able to turn on my music and allow me to be something that helps to ease whatever the stress or pain that may be going on in your life. It’ll help you get to be in a better place.”
• Musiq Soulchild is Taalib Johnson, a R&B singer/songwriter from Philadelphia.
• He’s a Grammy-nominated artist. Musiq has earned multiple award nominations, most recently in the ‘Best Male R&B Vocal Peformance’ category for his featured role in Kirk Whalum’s ‘We’re Still Friends.’
• He’s been “in the biz” for over 10 years. Musiq burst into the scene with his acclaimed 2000 release, ‘Aijuswanaseing.'
• His sixth album is called ‘MUSIQINTHEMAGIQ' The first single, 'Anything,' features a guest appearance from Swizz Beatz. Says Musiq: “It was really cool working with Swizz Beatz; it was actually very organic. He dubbed the track, he jumped on it, and fifteen minutes later you have his contribution!”
• ‘MUSIQINTHEMAGIQ' will be released on May 3rd! Pick up a copy of the record online and in Walmart stores nationwide.
Sporting a mohawk and dark shades, Musiq Soulchild opens his Soundcheck set with a track from his fourth album, ‘Luvanmusiq.' ‘Ridiculous’ showcases the romantic side of the Philly singer and his neo-soul stylings. Sings Musiq: “You make me feel so ridiculous...”
The second single from ‘Luvanmusiq’ is a soulful affair that spent 15 weeks atop Billboard's Urban AC airplay chart. Sings an emotional Musiq: “I was told the true definition of a man was to never cry / Work ‘til you tire / Got to provide…”
This R&B ballad recently found a second life on the ‘The Love EP,’ a five-song celebration of Valentine’s Day. Today, it’s performed with a stellar cast of back-up singers and the leading man's silky vocals. Confesses Musiq: “If I had to choose / I know / I'm going always choose to be with you."
Do We Have To
The first new track from 'MUSIQINTHEMAGIQ' showcases the singer's evolving themes. 'Do We Have To' explores a different side of romance: the drama and danger of a real relationship. Sings Musiq: “You just love the drama / ‘Cuz you think it makes stuff real…”
This new track (from ‘MUSIQINTHEMAGIQ') was helmed by hit-making Norwegian producers, ELEMENT (Michael Jackson, Cee-Lo Green). The chorus features a lyric you'll be singing long after first listen: “You don’t have to guess / The answer is yes!"
Closing with a healing new track from ‘MUSIQINTHEMAGIQ’ the Philly soulman ties up a powerful set. Seated next to his backup dancers, Musiq sings: “You don’t have to hide / Come to me / Let me be your medicine / I can be your medicine.”