Soul Sessions Artist Series Samples Star-Studded Selection of Sounds
Created by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, a small series of concerts have been designed to highlight nationwide, award-winning artists right here in Pittsburgh. The Soul Sessions series will feature the likes of Gregory Porter for its first edition, followed by artists Marsha Ambrosius, Eric Roberson, Maysa and Musiq Soulchild. The shows will be held from September 2015-April 2016.
With art forms ranging from visual art exhibits, to broadway traveling shows, to contemporary and traditional dance forms, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has spent over 30 years helping to transform Downtown Pittsburgh into a world-class cultural district that stands as an example of urban revitalization. Its Soul Sessions organizers will be kicking off their concert series with Gregory Porter at the August Wilson Center on September 20.
Gregory Porter is a California-born, Brooklyn-transplant singer-songwriter whose quickly become an internationally acclaimed jazz musician.
In 2010, he debuted with Motéma Music, a jazz label that strives to provide innovative promotion and comprehensive career support to artists with original music visions. Using separation and traveling as mediums for his inspirations, Porter has received much praise for his vocals and compositions on multiple well-received tracks.
Additonally, he won the Grammy last year for Best Jazz Vocal Album (“Liquid Spirit”), has been featured with the likes of Disclosure on the single, “Hold On,” from their upcoming sophomore album, and he was a recent recipient of BBC’s International Artist of the Year award.
His performance will be held on Sunday, September 20 at 8PM.
Marsha Ambrosius kicks off the second installment in October. Ambrosius – aka “The Songtress” – is an English singer-songwriter known for her signature, British-infused hip hop style, and she’s now considered to be one of R&B’s most distinctive voices.
Originally a part of English R&B duo Floetry, she’s since worked with the likes of Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes, Nas, and the late Michael Jackson. In 2011, Ambrosius released her solo debut album, “Late Nights & Early Mornings,” which earned her Record of The Year at the Soul Train Awards.
Last year, she released her sophomore album, “Friends & Lovers,” which tells a tale of love and life. She attributes “magic moments in the studio” and analyses of life’s obstacles and feelings to her creative process and endeavors. Check out her bio to read up on the inspirations behind the tracks on “Friends & Lovers.”
Her performance will be held on Saturday, October 10 at 8PM.
Singer-songwriter and producer Eric Roberson, more commonly known by his fans as “Erro,” is continually breaking the mold in a heavily label-controlled industry with mainstream mediums.
Roberson’s sound pulls musical influence from genres across the board, including soul, R&B, house, hip-hop, jazz, and rock. His music is uplifting, poetic and thoughtful, and he’s earned an esteemed reputation for his deliverance of solid, dynamic performances.
The New Jersey musician has collaborated with the likes of Jill Scott, and most extensively, with DJ Jazzy Jeff.
His performance will take place at 8PM on Friday, January 30, 2016.
She then relocated to London and recorded “Tribes, Vibes & Scribes,” featuring the hit single, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing.” Since then, Maysa has appeared in several of Incognito’s recordings.
Her additional collaborations include well-known jazz performers like Gerald Veasley, Rick Braun, Will Downing, Jason Miles’ Soul Summit, Rhythm Logic, Jonathan Butler and Pieces of a Dream. She’s also been known to collaborate within the philanthropic realm, including her spokesperson role for Respiratory Syncytial Virus, a disease that can be fatal to premature babies.
The Grammy-nominated soul/jazz diva is celebrating her 20th year as a solo artist with her new album, “BACK 2 LOVE” — an achievement that solidifies her status as one of the greatest soul-jazz performers of her time.
Her performance will take place on Thursday, April 9, 2016 at 8PM.
Taalib Johnson, better known as Musiq Soulchild, is an American singer-songwriter whose style effortlessly blends “soul music, funk rules and hip hop swagger.” He’s internationally known for bringing soulful, energetic vibes to the room and making his audience fall in love.
With two Platinum albums under his belt, the Philly native has received countless awards and Grammy nominations for his extensive collection of work, and he consistently continues to tour and perform.
Musiq closes out the series with his performance on Wednesday, April 22, 2016 at 8PM.
Be sure to catch one or all of these tantalizing performances being held throughout the next several months. All Soul Sessions shows will take place at the August Wilson Center, and tickets ($28-$58) are now available on the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s website.
Additionally, we’ll be giving away two tickets to Marsha Ambrosius’ performance on October 10! You can enter to win them below: