San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Bilal Oliver: Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and initially developing his aptitude for
music in church, it wasn’t until his father introduced him to jazz and he began attending
the Philadelphia High School for Creative Performing Arts that Bilal began to envision
his future in songwriting. Immersing himself in his musical education, Bilal developed
his own voice and interpretation of his own writing. “I wanted to sing Jazz, play Jazz and
write Jazz tunes.”
While attending the New School For Social research in New York, Bilal meshed
his classical approach with the New York City nightlife, collaborating with fellow
Soulquarians, The Roots, Common, Erykah Badu and Mos Deaf and with Aaron
Coleman of the Spin Doctors. A demo made with Coleman lead to a record deal
with Interscope and a tighter focus on his music career. His album, 1
released in 2001, was hailed by critics though he would eschew media efforts to box him
into the Neo Soul movement of the aughts.
Following the mysterious leak of the still unreleased Love For Sale, Bilal placed more
focus on touring, playing “jazz-fusion/rock type funk.” A sophomore LP, Airtight’s
Revenge, released under the independent label Plug Research, thrilled critics while
providing listeners with a retrospective journey and an experimental fusion of jazz, hip-
hop, electronic, soul and blues with themes of love, religion, politics and spirituality. His
latest endeavor, a “warmer...sensual” album, A Love Surreal, is now available.
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