We had the good fortune of connecting with B. Soleil and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi B., why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I believe that for some of us creativity pursues us and not the other way around. Music has always been my way of expressing the world around me as I see it, feel it, and experience it. I’ve long admired artists that use their art to deliver a message to the world and inspire people with their creativity. Art, in all forms, has the power to teleport us away from reality when it gets too tough—or in the same sense speak truth to reality when it needs to be felt on a deeper level and not just observed. I chose to be an artist because throughout history art has been at the forefront of the revolutions that change the world for the better. In the age of influencers many long for attention, but few understand what it means to have a platform. Singers like Billie Holiday, Bob Marley, and John Lennon used the power of their music to unite people and call out injustice. The world, in my opinion, still needs more of this— artists who are willing to be a voice for the people. I am an artist because art holds the truth of my culture and my history. I am an artist because I believe that music is the one language that we can all speak, despite differences. I am an artist because creativity flows throughout the core of me. I am an artist because through my art I have the power to create and influence something bigger than myself.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Well, I am super excited to announce that my debut album, titled “A Moment In Love,” is now streaming across all platforms. It’s a multi-genre listening experience that takes the audience on a journey of falling in and out of love. I produced the project myself and took my time to really make sure to tell a story via sounds and words. I started off as a spoken word artist on the open-mic scene here in Houston and I feel like the project brings me full circle to that poetic part of my creativity. I think a lot of artists get caught up on making something catchy, and I’ve struggled with wanting to make something that wasn’t going to fade away when the next trend came along. It’s taken me years to really develop my voice in a way that is true and authentic to me. I have this really bold vision of creating a new genre of music and that can get really overwhelming when it could be much easier to just do what that next person is doing. I’ve had to really learn to trust in my vision, in my process, AND in people to receive what I’m creating as something worth listening to when it’s unlike most things they’ve heard. But, I believe great things take time, hustle, and patience… so, here I am, still at it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My art has granted me the opportunity to travel a lot away from home, so in a sense, I am always looking at the city when new eyes after I’ve been on the road for a while. But, for a newcomer, I’d definitely say we’d have to hit up a free concert on the hill at Miller Outdoor Theater (the pandemic kinda slowed things up, but they say that they hope to get back going for 2021). Also, my inner art nerd is excited that the interactive Van Gogh exhibit finally made its way to H-Town. For lunch, we would grab the best vegetarian black bean burger in town, from Sunshine’s Health Food Store and Vegetarian Deli off of OST. Then we would catch the sunset at The James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace on the campus of Rice University. Hopefully, by then traffic would have eased up a bit and we can hop on 59 to try to catch a drive-by panoramic of the downtown skyline…or a long glimpse if the roads are still packed. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I definitely have to give a shoutout to my grandmother, Angie, who passed away in the thick of the 2020 lockdown. She was always my biggest fan and source of encouragement. She was one of the first people to tell me that I wasn’t myself when I didn’t have a musical outlet around. She also swore ’til her deathbed that one day I’d be “famous.” Without her love and support, I might’ve given up more than a few times. I’m grateful to now have her as a part of my angel squad.
Other: Stream Music x B. Soleil: https://hypeddit.com/link/q8ublj
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