Soul Sounds: BJ The Chicago Kid

Music Choice Presents: Sound Check Sessions With Sevyn Streeter

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 18: BJ The Chicago Kid performs on Stage during the Music Choice Presents: Sound Check Sessions With Sevyn Streeter at El Rey Theatre on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Music Choice)

It has been a long time since I have heard a voice that can bring me to tears and move my soul to rejoice. Singer-songwriter Bryan J. Sledge who, of course, hails from Chicago blessed the stage, live and in living color, at El Club in Detroit a year ago with an hour of amazing energy and soulful sounds. He showed the Motor City much love and also paid tribute to Prince and D’Angelo by performing a few of his favorites. BJ is best known for lending his polished vocals on the hit song “Studio” by west coast artist, Schoolboy Q. He has also been heard bolting out soulful lyrics on tracks with Kendrick Lamar, Anderson.Paak, and fellow Chicago native Chance The Rapper, in which he paid his respects by performing snippets from each artist that helped get him to where he is today.

There is something special about being up close and personal with an artist while they are making magic. Although everyone was dripping in sweat (boy, it was hot!), we could not stop dancing to the beat of his drum, which he literally played intermittently throughout the set. It was like a trance. BJ will take you to church with his gospel-like runs and his melodies. He blessed every soul in that club, singing songs from his latest album In My Mind which debuted in February 2016 and a few favorites from his freshmen album Pineapple Now-Laters.

I am looking forward to hearing so much more from this man. He gives me hope that soul music and genuine artistry still exist. From the heart of a music lover, BJ The Chicago Kid, I thank you!

If you have not checked this brother out, please enjoy some of his music below. Peace and Love!

-C. Audrea


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