Little known fact: Aloe Blacc is already a massive success. Although he made major headlines last year with his hit, “Wake Me Up,” he has been in the music game since the mid-1990s. Before Avicii teamed up with the soul singer, Blacc was releasing EPs and full-length albums under Stone’s Throw Records’ umbrella, climbing the charts in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Australia.
But it all started in the third grade, when a young, bright-eyed little boy in Laguna Hills, Calif. picked up a trumpet for his school’s band. Soon after, he was enrolling in music classes and playing in the marching band. His love of the brass and music worked hand-in-hand to create a budding romance for his future. It didn’t take long for Blacc to start taking music more seriously, hanging up the marching band uniform and emerging into the underground world. “I was in love with hip hop… so I didn’t wanna wear no [marching band] suits anymore,” he admitted to DJ Flexx during an exclusive interview.
Soon, it all started to fall in line for the singer. “A record label heard one song that I did… and they said ‘we have to sign you as a singer’,” he admits. From there, he released 14 EPs and full-length albums, including his latest music love child, Lift Your Spirit, slated for a March 11 release.
But fans won’t find Blacc spouting rhymes about superficial things in his music. He’s been an avid supporter of songwriting to make a long-lasting impression in the industry. “My biggest thing is to make evergreen [music], songs that will last forever. I want to be part of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame one day, so I can’t let nobody down,” he explains before setting his sights on his goal: “I want music that feels classic.” From day one, he’s been trying to keep his music unique and fit for the industry. “I figured I would educate myself to learn more about songwriting and apply that later to Hip Hop,” he told Hip Hop DX in 2010.
Now, Blacc is handling his fame and still keeping a straight head on his shoulders. He’ll be performing as the pre-game concert for the NBA All-Star game, bringing Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar & Janelle Monae to the court — plus he’ll open the slam dunk competition. “I know it’s going to be good this year,” he promises.
Blacc’s latest release, Lift Your Spirit, will be hitting shelves on March 11 but fans can pre-order the album today and instantly receive five songs including his current single “The Man.”
Bruno Mars is enlisting Blacc’s help to open the show on the next leg of his ‘Moonshine Jungle Tour‘ which will hit Washington, D.C. on July 11.