An Elevated Experience: Jamila Woods Debuts Album "Heavn"
I’d like to think that there is nothing more soothing to the ear than euphoric acoustics, harmonies, and piercing lyrics which allows listeners to reflect and reinvent personal moments from their own lives. That is the quintessential musical experience; to not only hear a song, but feel it. That is also how I describe the creative genius of Jamila Woods. A Chicagoan who advocates for artistic expression and expansion, Jamila Woods does nothing short of amaze with the reveal and soon to come release of her album, “Heavn”.
The album release party, hosted by Party Noire, took place at Chicago’s Double Door venue, where long term fans and newly acquired spectators crowded the doors, anxious to get inside and pick the perfect standing spot for this live experience. Upon entry, attendees quickly learned that we had stepped out of the tumultuous world around us and into a magical dimension of ethnic and urban creativity at its finest point of expression. I’m talking DJs spinning everything from oldies to post millenium hits, hand crafted jewelry from Mashallah, food vendors, a heavenly themed photobooth, and THE WIZ playing on the overhead projector. The young Black girl in me squealed, walking in and hearing Diana Ross and young Michael Jackson singing “Ease on down, ease on down the road” in the background. It was lit!
This night was literally compacted with young, gifted, Chicago based talent. The host, Jasmine
Barber , kept the mood flowing ever so well with her vibrant personality and enthusiasm; it was apparent she, like everyone else in the room, was there with love and admiration, supporting the amazing Jamila Woods. Prior to the headliner set, the crowd was blessed with comedy from the hilariously blunt Sonai Deni, spoken word and independent music from some dope, local talents. We even got to hear from other esteemed Chicago artists Bella Bahhs and Donnie Trumpet. There was never a moment when the dance floor wasn’t overflowing with beautiful beings, vibing, networking, laughing, shining. It was the perfect atmosphere for new music and freedom of expression through the various artists and instruments.
When Miss Jamila Woods stepped on stage at her sold out album release, the crowd went up in joyful noise! The artist, accompanied by live band and background vocalists, performed a fulfilling set of more than a dozen songs, many of which the crowd sang along to such as “Blk Girl Soldier” and “Thirst Behavior” while making us fall in love with the new singles such as the title track “Heavn”. Jamila’s sound, if comparable, is remnant of Erykah Badu’s tone, paired with a fusion of India Arie and Lauryn Hill in volume and delivery; it was an art show and the masterpiece was being painted live on stage, with every lyric sung. Jamila’s music pours into you, the listener; she tells stories, real ones that we all can relate to. Jamila makes music for the creatives of today; rebellious, intimidating, daunting, and masterfully crafted. More than a sheer stroke of genius, this young woman is simply amazing! And she also knows how to have an album release party because we did just that: partied, all night! Black Girl Fly’s very own Nickecia Alder, glowing with success and joy from the activities of the night, gave the closing remarks before attendees headed to the lower level of the event hall to kick off part two of the concert experience. And, in true Party Noire fashion, we danced and laughed, we sung, we photobombed; we made the night glow up with great energy and love overflow. That is what it is like to experience the poetic and melodic aura and music of Jamila Woods. Be sure to get your copy of “Heavn” set to release on July 11th and stay up to speed with where the music takes Jamila; it will undoubtedly be a journey the world needs to invest in, forever.
Hey yawl, this article was written by Tyler Marie, or Ty as she's come to be called. She is a (West-Side) Chicagoan ‘til Chicago ends. Tyler attended Whitney M. Young Magnet High School and went on to attend the first Private HBCU, Wilberforce University in Ohio where she obtained her B.A. Sociology in 2012. It’s probably pretty clear now that writing is kind of ‘her thing’ but she's more than okay with that. Other hobbies include eating, playing basketball, modeling and singing. Basically, she spends all her time trying to be as fly of a Black Girl as she can be. Connect with her via: Twitter & Instagram- @_Mighty5| Tumblr- iamjusttyler.tumblr.com