JAMILA WOODS

DJ DIALS + RICKSHAW STOP PRESENT

JAMILA WOODS

theMIND, Rayana Jay

Wed, December 14, 2016

8:00 pm

Rickshaw Stop

$10 - $18

This event is 18 and over

ADV $10-15 / DOORS $18.

JAMILA WOODS
JAMILA WOODS
With a velvety sound primarily rooted in soul and hip hop, Chicago’s Jamila Woods made her first big impact on the music scene in 2015 with her fan-adored vocal features on Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s Surf album ('Sunday Candy' and 'Questions').

Prior to her 2015 solo breakout, Jamila was one half of adventure soul band, M&O. The duo, which also included good friend Owen Hill, released two projects— including a feature from Chance the Rapper — and received exceptional praise from Okayplayer, Spin and Ebony Magazine.

Following Surf, Jamila contributed her voice and perspective to White Privilege II, a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis record that examines racial issues concerning Americans today. Within days, Jamila also released her debut solo single, blk girl soldier, a song highly revered by Billboard, Essence and Jezebel for its bold exploration of both Blackness and womanhood.

In July 2016, Woods released her critically acclaimed album, ​Heavn, her first full-length solo project, which focuses on black girlhood, Chicago, and the city/world we aspire to live in. The album has received enthusiastic reviews from Pitchfork, MTV, Nylon, and Noisey, among many others. ​

With musical influences ranging from Erykah Badu and Imogen Heap to Kendrick Lamar and Kirk Franklin, Jamila’s plush sound is distinguished by the art of choral layering in addition to the hip-hop tradition of sampling and allusions. Utilizing the power of voice, poetry and writing, Jamila aims to create unapologetic music to soundtrack life for and about Black women around the world.
theMIND
theMIND
26-year-old vocalist, TheMind, real name Zaris Wilder has years of experience working with a who's who of Chicago's finest future stars as part of production crew ThemPeople bagging credits with the liked of Mick Jenkins, Vic Mensa, G Herbo, Alex Wiley and Pro Era's Kirk Knight along the way. Now, it's time to put all of his experience into action, stepping out into the limelight with his debut project Summer Camp.

Summer Camp, aims to take listeners on a journey - back to Wilder's childhood, which he says wasn't the most pleasant, but is full of vivid, fond memories of the innocence from a camp he and his sisters attended one summer in his native Philadelphia. "I don't know how that got snatched away," he says. "With responsibilities and becoming an adult and seeing how fucked up the world and society is… I want this to be this moment of innocence when you're like 16 years old and you walk outside and it's after school and you're like 'I can just live.'"

Now, having relocated to Chicago, stepping off the plane in the middle of Kanye West's Graduation era his adventures comes from solo visits to the back of the cinema or holing himself up in a library or bookstore for five hours reading cover to cover. "I just want the people to have this vacation that they can listen to at any given moment," he says. "And I think that comes from the spirit of the records, they take you on this adventure and on this journey."

Refusing to be placed in a box and being labeled as "R&B" – he views himself as a 'lyrical exhibitionist' rather than a singer - TheMind doesn't mind being sprinkled amongst the 'Alternative R&B' artists that have been breaking through over the past few years, feeling more sonically related to British artists like Sampha, James Blake and Kwabs than his US peers dominating the pop charts. When asked how he'd describe his sound, he's quick to reply 'Rabbit Hole Music', explaining that it's something that his listeners can get lost in.
Rayana Jay
Rayana Jay
Rayana Jay is a multi-talented singer and songwriter from Richmond, CA. At 22 years old, Rayana Jay creates forward-thinking R&B and alternative soul music, boasting soft vocals that contrast with honest lyrics about relationships, love, and friends. The Bay Area raised singer's influences span from the Organized Noize production crew and classic Bay Area sounds to the raw emotions of Amy Winehouse and the sultry tones of Anita Baker. Rayana began singing in the choir at ten years old and recorded her first professional song in the summer of 2012. She grew up with her grandmother, who introduced her to classic singers such as Johnny "Guitar" Watson, along with her mom who worked at a record label during the rise of rap in the 90s. Rayana Jay is currently preparing to release her debut album Sorry About Last Night.

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