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[3/4/2012 Steppers Song Of The Day]
For The Night by Musiq Soulchild
Philadelphia-born Taalib Johnson, aka R&B artist Musiq (Soulchild), grew up the oldest of nine children.

The son of a die-hard '70s soul music fan, Musiq performed at Philly showcases like the Five Spot and Wilhemina's until his management team, Mama's Boys (Jerome Hipps and Michael McArthur), brought him to the attention of Def Jam Records.

Musiq's debut album, 2000's Aijuswanaseing, was recorded mostly at Touch of Jazz Studios in Philadelphia. His first single, "Just Friends (Sunny)," appeared on the soundtrack to Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, and two years later, Musiq released his second album, the spiritual and personal Juslisen, which debuted at number one on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

The following year brought the widely acclaimed Soulstar, and after moving to Atlantic, Musiq released Luvanmusiq, (2007), OnMyRadio (2008), and MusiqintheMagiq (2011). While his albums largely retained a laid-back, ballad-oriented sound, two of his biggest hits  "B.U.D.D.Y." and "Anything"  were uptempo club numbers that sampled disco hits from 1981 (Taana Gardner's "Heartbeat" and Central Line's "Walking Into Sunshine," respectively).

He cites as his inspiration such icons as Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Patti LaBelle, Billie Holiday, Sly & the Family Stone and Ray Charles.

Musiq has also earned award nominations from Moard, BET, ASCAP, BMI, and Soul Train. Musiq Soulchild has had 2 platinum albums, 2 gold albums and 7 hit singles. He has received awards from Billboard MTV, American Music Awards, NAACP, and 11 Grammy nominations, including 3 for his 2007 album Luvanmusiq.
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"There were people who knew of me but they didn't really know me; they just knew me as 'that music dude.' So after getting that so much, I was like 'Just call me Musiq.' It was so fresh to me because if I had to be called anything, I would have wanted to be called Music.

That's how much I dug it; when you see me, I want you to automatically think of music." The nickname Soulchild came from two ideas. Musiq quotes it as, "Musiq Soulchild is technically two ideas. 'Musiq' is the front man and 'Soulchild' is the idea behind it. It's basically me as an artist in this generation, representing the traditions and the legacies of the past soul stars."

In a recent interview with Singersroom, Musiq has announced the time has come for him to focus more on writing and producing and working behind the scenes.

"I think I want to take a step back a little bit as an artist," Musiq confirmed. "Im not going to stop performing or being an artist. I do enjoy singing and all of that, but it takes away from being creative. At least with being a writer-producer you can constantly create and make music and things like that," says Musiq Soulchild.

On top of writing and producing for other acts, Musiq is writing his first book. According to the publisher, DIP, the book will likely be in stores Summer 2012.

Described as a book "about love and relationships and music," the project is in development.

The Musiq Soulchild Songs on our Facebook Steppers Music Group songs list steppers have danced to:

Musiq Soulchild - Buddy
Musiq Soulchild - For The Night
Musiq Soulchild - Half Crazy
Musiq Soulchild - Mary Go Round
Musiq Soulchild - Medicine
Musiq Soulchild - Previous Cats
Musiq Soulchild - Settle For My Love (Intermission)
Musiq Soulchild - So beautiful
Musiq Soulchild - Teach Me
Musiq Soulchild - Yes
Musiq Soulchild ft. DJ Aktive and Carol Riddick Soulstar
Musiq Soulchild ft. Mary J. Blige - Ifuleave

Sources:  Wikipedia , musiqsoulchild.com, whosampled.com, Steppers Music Group, Freebase.com (Kerry L. Smith)

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