Article and Photos by Rachel RC Scott - @26ShadesofGreen
Isiah was born into a family of musicians from New York City. He has been classically trained to sing and play a variety of instruments. Isiah also founded the Music Breeds, INC foundation; a foundation dedicated to the development of young musicians around New York City.
Being a good artist is not always about creating what’s on your consciousness. Sometimes it’s about taking challenges, and stepping outside your comfort zone, which is exactly what Isiah Jamel did for his DROM NYC performance last week. Though Isiah may know how to play many musical instruments, he decided to challenge himself to sing most of his set acapella, sharing his soulful voice. Drawing on jazz, gospel and rock influences, Isiah has a voice that does not need a microphone to fill the room. He left the room speechless with songs like ‘Hold On’ and ‘Never Let Me Go.’
For the last number, Isiah brought up his friend, Antonio Jacobs, aka Blacklieder, to accompany him on the guitar for one last amazing song.
Blacklieder (pronounced Black-Leader), considers himself a 21st century musicologist. A music teacher from Bronx, NY, Blacklieder honors all types of American musicians from the last 100 years, with some of his strongest inspirations coming from the Great American Songbook. Blacklieder currently has two albums released with all original music.
After Isiah’s performance, Blacklieder took the stage for his own solo performance. Dressed to impress, Blacklieder’s outfit was complete with a sheet music vest and a very awesome bowtie! He played some of his best tracks, such as ‘Time,’ ‘Fish’ and ‘Carpe Diem.’
Blacklieder has incredible range in his music. He is not presumptuous when he calls himself a “Musicologist.” Some of his music is incredibly funny, while some of his songs are very deep, including the music he dedicates to his late wife. Blacklieder also involves a variety of genres in his compositions, including R&B, gospel, jazz, pop and even some hip-hop. He’s a very open performer, and shares himself with his audience. Blacklieder is not afraid to put himself out there, no matter the risk.
Both of these musicians are rising fast in the NYC Music Scene. Be sure to follow them for new music to be released soon!
This concert was a Sound the Groove Production.
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