Philadelphia native Taalib Johnson, a.k.a. Musiq or Musiq Soulchild, is a soul artist whose unique style blends R&B, soul, funk, rock, blues, jazz, and hip-hop, creating a sound unlike any other. "I consider myself a soul artist because it encompasses all genres of music!" he says. "I like to make music that means something to people - nowadays there are so many categories and labels, I just wanna make music that matters!" Musiq first burst onto the scene in 2000 with his Platinum debut album, Aijuswanaseing (I Just Want to Sing), which included the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop single "Just Friends." His second single "Love" spent 22 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and has been described by many as a classic. Musiq's 2002 album, Juslisen (Just Listen), debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Charts and quickly went Platinum with hit singles "Halfcrazy" and "Dontchange." By the drop of his third album, Soulstar, in 2003, Musiq had established himself as one of the top R&B and soul artists of his time.
After a four year break and changes in management and label, Musiq knew that, in order for his success to continue, his sound would have to reflect his personal growth and journey. In 2007, he released Luvanmusiq (Love and Music) on the Atlantic label, which featured the hit singles "B.U.D.D.Y.," "Teach Me," and "Make You Happy." "Radio," the lead single off his 2008 release OnMyRadio, found Musiq eschewing the smooth soul sounds of his earlier releases for a snappier, more drum-heavy sound, and the gorgeous ballad "SoBeautiful" marked his first collaboration with producer J.R. Hutson. AllMusic.com called the ballad "one of the most unassumingly gorgeous cuts [Musiq] has recorded."
Musiq has enjoyed numerous hit singles and Gold and Platinum albums, awards from Billboard, BET, ASCAP, BMI, and SoulTrain, and several Grammy nominations over the course of his career. He has also been featured in print ads for McDonalds, Gap, Coca-Cola, Levi Strauss, and Nike. All of his talent, hard work, and determination have allowed him to flourish into one of the few R&B soulful artists still in existence today. His latest effort, MusiqInTheMajiq, dropped in 2011 and features the singles "Anything" and "Yes."
Saturday Beatles Brunch