Musiq Soulchild

Taalib Johnson, professionally known as Musiq Soulchild or simply Musiq (pronounced just like "music"; born September 16, 1977[1]) is an American singer and songwriter whose style blends R&B, funk, blues, jazz, gospel influences fused with hip hop.[2]

Musiq Soulchild
Musiq Soulchild in 2016
Musiq Soulchild in 2016
Background information
Birth nameTaalib Johnson
Also known as
  • The Husel
  • Purple Wondaluv
Born (1977-09-16) September 16, 1977 (age 44)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
Years active1995–present
  • Def Soul (1999–2005)
  • Atlantic (2005–2013)
  • My Block (2013–2016)
  • Soulstar Music Company
  • E1 (2013–present)
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Musiq was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in a strict Muslim household. During his teenage years he built a reputation for being musically gifted, beat boxing for MCs free styling on the open mic circuit, scatting at jazz clubs or just performing an a cappella for strangers on the streets, which is where he got the name "Musiq" and later added "Soulchild". He cites as his inspiration such icons as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway as his most influential musical icons.[3][4] He dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music.

"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 stage name "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."[3]


2000–2004: Def Soul RecordingsEdit

Musiq Soulchild signed with Def Soul Records in late 1999, and released his debut album, Aijuswanaseing, in 2000. Its lead single was "Just Friends (Sunny)". Musiq's second single "Love" spent 22 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Musiq's second album, 2002's Juslisen, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum; it also debuted number one on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and all-genre Billboard 200 charts.[5] The singles were "Halfcrazy" and "Dontchange", which were top tens.

In 2003, Musiq released his third album, Soulstar, which went gold.[5] It included the singles "Forthenight" and "Whoknows".

Musiq took a four-year break and changed his management to Solqi Management, as well as his record label from Def Soul to Atlantic Records.

2006–2012: Atlantic RecordsEdit

In March 2007, Musiq's released his fourth album Luvanmusiq. Its singles were "B.U.D.D.Y.". an uptempo track,[5] "Teachme", and "Makeyouhappy".

His fifth album OnMyRadio was released on December 2, 2008. The lead single "Radio" was a complete contrast to the usual smooth neo soul Musiq fans were accustomed to. The following singles were the duet IfULeave featuring Mary J. Blige; and the ballad SoBeautiful. "SoBeautiful" marked the first collaboration between Musiq and the producer JR Hutson, after Hutson had spent "about eight months" trying to get Musiq to come by his studio.[6] According to Hutson, the two plan to work together again.[6]

In May 2010, he changed management to Victor Grieg.[6]

His last album for Atlantic MusiqInTheMagiq was released on May 3, 2011, available on CDs and also as a digital download. The first single was "Anything" featuring Swizz Beatz,[7] followed by "Yes".

2013–present My Block Records, Soulstar Music Company, eOne RecordsEdit

In September 2013, Musiq released a duet album with Syleena Johnson entitled 9ine. This album was a compilation of nine reggae songs recorded in nine days on the independent Shanachie[5] label.

Also in September 2013, Musiq announced his departure from Atlantic Records and becoming an independent artist. He revealed he is now signed to record producer Warryn Campbell's label My Block Records.[8][9][10] Musiq previously worked with Campbell on his first two albums on Atlantic – 2007's Luvanmusiq and 2008's OnMyRadio.

He released an EP titled The Husel through DatPiff on July 30, 2014.[11]

In April 2016, he released his first independent solo album through My Block/E1 Music, Life on Earth.[12] The lead single is "I Do". Shortly after, he moved to a new label, with eOne/SoulStar Music Company.

In 2017, he released two new singles "Simple Things" and "Start Over" set for a new album titled Feel the Real due on September 15, 2017.[13][14] He premiered music videos for the tracks in April 2017.[15]

Other musicEdit

Musiq Soulchild has featured on

Soundtrack songsEdit

Soulchild has also appeared on the soundtrack to Tyler Perry's February 2007 movie Daddy's Little Girls.

He also lent a song from his March 2007 album Luvanmusiq to the soundtrack for Perry's later movie Why Did I Get Married?, released October 2007.

He then recorded a remake of Arrested Development's song "People Everyday" with British rapper and singer Estelle for the soundtrack to Tyler Perry's March 2008 Meet the Browns entitled "People Everyday (Metamorphosis Mix)".

Television and booksEdit

Musiq guest starred as himself in the UPN sitcom Half and Half in May 2004 and The CW comedy The Game in October 2007.[17][18]

On June 25, 2012, Musiq released a book on love and relationships entitled "143 – Love According To Musiq".[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Musiq resides in Atlanta, Georgia.[20][21]

In 2009, he had a son with 702 singer Kameelah Williams.[22] He also has a younger daughter born in 2017, Satori, with Ashley Wright.

When Musiq was a young child he developed a lazy eye from an accident that occurred while being fed by his uncle.[23][24][25]


Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart
(sales threshold)
US R&B/Hip-Hop
US Ind
Aijuswanaseing 24 4
  • Released: May 7, 2002
  • Label: Def Soul, Def Jam Recordings
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
1 1
  • Released: December 9, 2003
  • Label: Def Jam Recordings
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
13 3
  • Released: March 13, 2007
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
1 1
  • Released: December 9, 2008
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
11 1
  • Released: May 3, 2011
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8 3
Husel Music (as The Husel)
  • Released: May 5, 2015
  • Label: Soulstar Music Company
  • Formats: Digital download
Life on Earth
  • Released: April 15, 2016
  • Label: My Block, E1 Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
27 3 2 5
Feel the Real
  • Released: September 15, 2017
  • Label: eOne, SoulStar Music Company
  • Formats: CD, digital download
126 16 11

Collaboration albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart
(sales threshold)
9ine (with Syleena Johnson) 54


Title Details Peak chart
(sales threshold)
US Holiday
A Philly Soul Christmas / Christmas Musiq
  • Released: 2008 (Physical)
    October 30, 2009 (Digital)
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
88 9
The Pre-Up – EP
  • Released: July 30, 2014
  • Label: Soulstar Music Company
  • Formats: music download
The eTeRnAL pEaCe EP
  • Released: June 18, 2015
  • Label: Soulstar Music Company
  • Formats: music download


Year Song US Hot 100[31] US R&B[32] Album
2000 "Just Friends (Sunny)" 31 6 Aijuswanaseing
"Love" 24 2
2001 "Girl Next Door" (featuring Ayana) 85 28
2002 "Halfcrazy" 16 2 Juslisen
"Dontchange" 17 3
2003 "Forthenight" 53 18 Soulstar
2004 "Whoknows" 65 23
2007 "B.U.D.D.Y." 36 2 Luvanmusiq
"Teachme" 42 2
"Makeyouhappy" 68
2008 "Radio" 55 OnMyRadio
"IfULeave" (featuring Mary J. Blige) 71 6
2009 "SoBeautiful" 81 8
2010 "Silky Soul" Silky Soul Music – An All-Star Tribute To Maze & Frankie Beverly
2011 "Anything" (featuring Swizz Beatz) 31 MusiqInTheMagiq
"Yes" 24
2013 "Feel the Fire" (with Syleena Johnson) 9ine
2016 "I Do" 11 Life on Earth
2017 "Simple Things" Feel The Real
"Start Over" 11

As featured artistEdit

Year Song US
2002 "Break You Off" (The Roots featuring Musiq Soulchild) 99 55 59 Phrenology
2003 "Nothing at All" (Santana featuring Musiq Soulchild) Shaman
2006 "Takeyatime" (Black Ice featuring Musiq Soulchild) The Death of Willie Lynch
2008 "Why Me" (Ice Cube featuring Musiq Soulchild) Raw Footage
"Chocolate High" (India.Arie featuring Musiq Soulchild) 114 19 Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics
2010 "Forever" (The Floacist featuring Musiq Soulchild) Floetic Soul
"Hope for Haiti" (Kim Burrell featuring Musiq Soulchild, Michelle Williams, Lil' Mo & Tye Tribbett) Charity single
2012 "Ah Yeah" (Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Chrisette Michele & Musiq Soulchild) 86 Black Radio
2013 "Still Believe in Love" (Demetria McKinney featuring Musiq Soulchild) Non-album single
2015 "Give It To You" (Meelah featuring Musiq Soulchild) - - - TBA
2019 "Footsteps" ( Kehlani feat. Musiq Soulchild) _ _ _ While We Wait
2020 "Your Turn" ( Ty Dolla Sign feat. Musiq Soulchild, Tish Hyman and 6lack) _ _ _ Featuring Ty Dolla Sign


Soulchild has two platinum as well as two gold albums altogether.[27]

He's as well been bestowed with awards from BET and the ASCAP among others.[3][33]

Soulchild has also received 13 Grammy nominations, including 3 for his 2007 album Luvanmusiq.[34]

ASCAP AwardsEdit


Year Nominee / work Award Result
2002 ASCAP Awards Musiq Soulchild Best Male R&B Artist Won

BET AwardsEdit


Year Nominee / work Award Result
2001 Musiq Soulchild Best Male R&B Artist Won
2001 Musiq Soulchild Best New Artist Nominated
2003 Musiq Soulchild Best Male R&B Artist Nominated
2007 Musiq Soulchild BET Centric Award Nominated
2009 Musiq Soulchild BET J Award Nominated

American Music AwardsEdit


Year Nominee / work Award Result
2002 Musiq Soulchild Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist Nominated

Grammy AwardsEdit


Year Nominee / work Award Result
2002 "Love" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
2003 "Halfcrazy" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
Juslisen Best R&B Album Nominated
2004 "Forthenight" Best Urban/Alternative Performance Nominated
2005 "Are You Experienced?" Best Urban/Alternative Performance Nominated
2008 "B.U.D.D.Y." Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
Luvanmusiq Best R&B Album Nominated
2010 "SoBeautiful" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
"IfULeave" (feat. Mary J. Blige) Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Nominated
"Chocolate High" (with India.Arie) Nominated
2011 "We're Still Friends" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
2017 "I Do" Best R&B Performance Nominated
2018 Feel the Real Best R&B Album Nominated


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