b. Talib Johnson, 16th September 1977, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Philadelphia-born Talib Johnson is otherwise known as the R & B artist Musiq Soulchild.
He grew up the oldest of nine children and did not finish high school.
The son of a diehard 70's 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 Def Jam Records' attention.
aijuswanaseing - 2000 / juslisen - 2002 / soulstar - 2003 / luvanmisic - 2007
Musiq's debut album, 'Aijuswanaseing (I Just Want to Sing)' (released in 2000 on Def Jam), was recorded mostly at the Touch of Jazz studios in Philadelphia.
The track 'Girl Next Door' features the vocals of soul-sister Ayana of the duo Aaeries.
Musiq's first single, 'Just Friends (Sunny)' appeared on the soundtrack to 'Nutty Professor II: The Klumps' (Universal, 2000).
In 2002, a new album was released entitled 'Juslisen (Just Listen)' on Def Jam Records, featuring the single 'Half Crazy' and the fine ballad 'Don't Change'.
onmyradio - 2008 / musiqinthemagiq - 2011 / 9ine - 2013 / life on earth - 2016
'Luvanmusiq' arrived in 2007, followed by 'Onmyradio' in 2008 and 'MusiqInTheMagiq' in 2011 (the latter two following a label move to Atlantic Records).
In 2016, Musiq released the album 'Life On Earth' for the eOne Records imprint.
Aijuswanaseing (Def Jam Records 2000)
Juslisen (Def Jam Records 2002)
Soulstar (Def Soul Records 2003)
Luvanmusiq (Def Soul Records 2007)
Onmyradio (Atlantic Records 2008)
MusiqInTheMagiq (Atlantic Records 2011)
9ine (with Syleena Johnson) (Shanachie Records 2013)
Life On Earth (eOne Records 2016)