Jibreel (Defining "Neo-Poetic") Is A Smooth Jazz, Neo-Soul, Spoken Word, Poet And R&B Artist That Hails From Newark, New Jersey. He Has Been Referred To As "The Love Child Of Isaac Hayes, Will Downing, Gil Scott Heron, Maya Angelou & Nancy Wilson"…
Over His Career As A Musician, Vocalist & Poet, As Well As Working With Other Independent Artists And His Own Band "Eclectic Soul", He Has Honed A Sound And Feel Unlike Many Of His Contemporaries. He Has A Unique Strange Familiar Tone & Quality That Is Inviting & Intriguing. But After Vibing On This Manly Morsel, One Finds His Voice Is Immediately Recognizable And Sends The Listener On Another Worldly Adventure. He Is Reminiscent Of Many Classic Smooth Baritone Vocalists’ Of Our Time; Barry White, Will Downing, Isaac Hayes And Yet Still Stands Alone In His Delivery Of Vocals & Spoken Word.
Jibreel Started His Journey As Most Inner-City Hopefuls, With Performing Arts Education Courses And Local & Regional Events. His Musical Roots Comes From His Maternal Grand Father Who Was A Founding Member Of “The Gospel Hymnsters”. One Can Hear Those Roots In Various Studio Session & Live Performances. Jibreel Took A Hiatus From The Arts To Travel & Study Abroad And To As He Puts It, “Find My Purpose In The Universe”. Thus His Diversity & Inclusion Of A World Based Musical Foundation.
Jibreel Entered The New Millennium With Poetry & Spoken Word As His Foundation. This Led To Appearances Across The US & Africa, Where He Performed In His Ancestral Home Of Ghana. This Led To His First Full Length CD, “The Realist: Tales From A Brick City”. In This Spoken Word And Smooth Jazz Journey, Jibreel Introduces Us To The Soul Of A Poet & The Tapestry Woven In Music And Interlude. Unlike Most Poetry CDs, We Are Given A Reflection Of The Foundations Of Poetry, Spoken Word & Jazz Vocals Related Through This Artists Fears & Convictions.
Jibreel Spent 2002 Through 2005 Working With His Band “Eclectic Soul” & Performing On A Regular Basic In The Southeastern United States In Venues Such As; House Of Blues, City Jazz At Universal Studios Orlando, Busch Gardens, JJ Whispers, Caribbean Beach Club, The Cotton Club-Tampa, Mango’s-South Beach, Blues Martini’s and Festivals Throughout The Region. As A Solo Act, Jibreel Traveled Throughout the US & Canada And Performed At Events Such As; Carabana (Canada), Tropical Heatwave (Tampa, FL), WolfTrap (Washington, DC), NPS (Chicago & Minneapolis, USA), Bull City Jazz & Blues Festival (Raleigh-Durham, NC-USA), St Lucia Jazz Festival And Others.
From 2005 Through The Present Jibreel Has Worked On His Solo Career And Created A Second EP, As Well As Single Release Projects. He Continues To Perform & Work With Members Of Eclectic Soul And Works As Producer & Arranger For Many Indie Artist In The Neo-Soul, Spoken Word & Smooth Jazz Genres.
Jibreels’ Writing, Vocal & Production Credits And Influence Can Be Found With Artist Such As; B-1 Jazz, Rob Goode, Derrick “Hott Soss” Cummings Guitarist For Patti LaBelle, Charles “Stitch” Wilson, III Keyboard/Pianist & Assistant Musical Director For Justin Timberlake, Ecelctic Soul, Soul Fusion and Various Independent Movie Scores As Well As Jibreels’ Own Full Length, EP & Singles.
Jibreel Continues To Entertain Live Audiences As A Solo Act Performing With & Opening For Indie, National & International Acts Such As: Spyra Gyra, Musiq SoulChild, Erykah Badu, Dwele, Raphael Siddiq, Floetry, FourPlay, Everett Harp, Eric Robeson, Saul Williams, Chuck Davis Dance Ensemble, Orlando School Of Cultural Dance and Others. Without Question He Still Is An “Eclectic Soul”.
His Live Shows Attest To The Love Of Classic Rhythms Reinterpreted In A Modern And Smooth Format. Jibreel Has Found A Way To Blend Smooth Jazz, Neo-Soul, Spoken Word, Rap & Plain Ole Soul Music Into A Tapestry Of Intimate Inclusion. A Competent Vocalist & Musician, Jibreel Controls & Direct His Live Show As A Conductor To An Orchestra Where The Audience Participates As Part Of His Symphony.
One Could Say, "Jibreel Is The Perfect Conversation", And Would Find Themselves Well Served In That Thought…
CURRENT RELEASE: "THE DEFINITION OF LOVE"
This 3rd Offering From Independent Neo-Soul Artist "Jibreel" Takes Us Through A Smooth Jazz, Classic Soul, R&B And Spoken Word Journey In This Offering Aptly Named "THE DEFINITION OF LOVE" Suite.
Starting With A Smooth Acoustic Take Of Barry White's "I've Got So Much Love To Give" , You Are Immediately Informed That This Journey Is One Of Passion. Jibreels' Classic Baritone Voice Reminds Us Old Classic Crooners Such As; Barry White, Isaac Hayes, Will Downing & Set The Tone For The "TRUE GROWN & SEXY"
As A Poet & Spoken Word Artist, Jibreel Reminds Us The Best Way To The Heart Of A Subject Is "THE WORD" And Pieces Such As; "StressLess", "Love Talk" & "B. One", Fuses The Best Of Classic Jazz & Neo-Soul With The Masterful WordSmith Motion Of Jibreel.
Not To Escape The Pain Of Love, Jibreel Offers Two Very Real Views On The Betrayal & Regret Of Love. With "So Fly (Got Another Ni@@a On The Side)" The Pain Of An Affair From A Mans' Perspective Is Chilling, But As With Every Offering Give The Total Picture Of Growth & Acceptance. "This Tyme" Is Sure To Be A Classic, Reminding Us All To Not Let Love Slip Away.
And For The OLE' SKOOL Lover, Jibreel Takes Us Back In Da' Day With His Take On A Classic Steppers & Club Tune. "Request Line '08" Will Have You Nodding Your Head & Putting On Your Dancing Shoes. And As A Bonus, For Those Purchasing The CD, Jibreels' Takes Us Back To The Island To Get Irie' Mon With A Live Version Of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry".
When We Asked Jibreel, "WHAT IS YOUR DEFINTION OF LOVE?". He Answered Very Simply, "SINCERE DEVOTION". That Says It All…
"THE DEFINITION OF LOVE" Suite Is A Must Add To Your Collection.
(Excerpt From Indie Artist Review Magazine)