An Oregon icon is set for a major tune-up as Metro renovates the famous "Portland" sign on Broadway Avenue at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Soul'd Out Festival is honored to welcome to the Pacific NW for the first time, one of the bright shining stars of contemporary R&B and an artist committed to using her platform for positive social engagement and commentary. With her deep and introspective 2016 release "A Seat At The Table," Solange has crafted a time capsule of the fears and repercussions, as well as the hopes and joys that we face in these times. We could not be more excited to present her as the headliner of our 8th annual Soul'd Out Festival.
A singer, songwriter, and producer, Solange Knowles debuted in the early 2000s with pop-oriented contemporary R&B material and grew into one of the more adventurous, expectation-defying artists of the late 2000s and 2010s. The younger sister of Beyoncé Knowles, she studied dance and theater as a child and made her singing debut at age five at an amusement park. As her father managed her sister's emerging R&B group, Destiny's Child, she often appeared as an opening act, and also began writing songs. At 13, she decided to pursue a professional singing career, but her parents at first advised her to wait. Shortly afterward, however, she was called upon to replace one of the dancers in Destiny's Child's stage act on short notice. She spent the next two years dancing in the group's performances.
When Knowles was 16, her father signed her to his Music World label, helped prepare her for a solo recording career, and arranged a deal with major-label Columbia. Her debut single, "Feelin' You, Pt. 2," was released in late 2002, reached Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and had more success with club DJs; it narrowly missed the top of Billboard's club chart. Her first album, Solo Star, followed in January 2003 and debuted in the Top 50 of the Billboard 200. Although it featured collaborations with Timbaland, Missy Elliott, and Pharrell Williams, as well as a handful of cuts co-produced by Beyoncé, it quickly sank. A second single taken from the album failed to chart, and for the next few years, Knowles took on acting roles in films such as Johnson Family Vacation and Bring It On: All or Nothing as she wrote and produced songs for Destiny's Child and a number of the group's solo projects. Most notably, she co-wrote her sister's "Get Me Bodied" and "Upgrade U."
Knowles made something of a creative breakthrough with her second album. Sol-Angel & the Hadley St. Dreams did not materialize until late 2008, but it was much more unique than its predecessor, steeped in mid- to late-'60s soul. It peaked in the Top Ten of the Billboard 200 and doubled the sales of the debut. Five of its singles peaked within the Top Ten of Billboard's club chart, and two of those -- "Sandcastle Disco" and "T.O.N.Y." -- reached number one. Despite how well it did commercially, Knowles subsequently went independent -- an unsurprising move, perhaps, given that the album also contained a song titled "F**k the Industry." After she signed with Grizzly Bear member Chris Taylor's Terrible label, she released the funkier yet more new wave-inspired "Losing You" single, as well as its parent EP, True, in November 2012. Written and produced with Dev Hynes, it took her even farther away from the prevailing sounds of commercial R&B.
The following year, Knowles established the Saint label with Saint Heron, a compilation of songs by emerging like-minded artists, including Kelela, Sampha, and Starchild, as well as the comparatively established likes of Cassie and Jhené Aiko. The album also contained a new song from Knowles, but she took her time to complete her third solo full-length. In September 2016, almost four years after the release of the True EP, A Seat at the Table arrived on Saint/Columbia. Raphael Saadiq, Dave Longstreth, and Adam Bainbridge were among the songwriting and production collaborators, while Lil Wayne and Kelela added prominent guest vocals. Calmly cathartic and considerably at odds with mainstream R&B, the progressive set promoted healing and empowerment in response to racial oppression. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
Jamire Williams Bio
Jamire Williams is an artist. An innovator. A tastemaker. Held as one of the leading creative voices of his generation, he has worked with a plethora of significant figures in art and music. From legends such as Herbie Hancock and Dr. Lonnie Smith to contemporaries like Robert Glasper and Christian Scott. From pop figure John Mayer to soul frontman Bilal. Luminaries like musician/visual artist/curator Jason Moran to the genre bending composer Chassol. From classic producer/songwriter Glen Ballard to the beat king Madlib. They can all attest to the divine gift Jamire Williams holds.
His project ERIMAJ was the first image of Williams stepping out and letting his voice truly be heard. A vision described by the New York Times as “music…properly new, part of something larger, and still unnamed", the critically acclaimed album, Conflict Of A Man, was produced entirely by him and is heralded as an "instant classic" by underground music lovers. The lead single can be heard on season 1 of HBO's break out series Insecure.
The latest presentation ///// EFFECTUAL encompasses his full creative being. It is not just an album, it is a statement. A conversation piece. "Jamire Williams shows himself to be an inspired crafter of sound, capable of building entire worlds from just his drum hits." - Pitchfork
Though it can be viewed as a concept drum record, it is much more than that. It is an experience. Williams' solo set takes you on a spiritual journey giving you a seamless showing of what abstract expressionism sounds like. And this all gives light to the fact that Williams is constantly evolving and pushing the culture.
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