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Album:
Urbanfolksunshine

Artist:
Khalil Anthony

Style:
Rock

Urbanfolksunshine



"A mutha-fucking [G], not gansta, not gigolo, but GOD: manifesting the creator in all that I do." Well, if that's not the hottest description of self on one's MySpace page, I don't know what is. Chicago native Khalil Anthony's Urbanfolksunshine is a musical journey through the mind of a genius. Originally a collection of poems, the album is raw, passionate, and truly glorious. Detailing the pain and struggles of a Black man healing, Urbanfolksunshine is as emotional as it is inspirational.

"Simplicity" has a reggae feel to it, very chill, but has a strong message to adore what we often overlook and take for granted, including ourselves. "Runwaylove" is my favorite track, a funky song about a relationship continued just for show. "Fake smile, fake kiss... pull out a camera bitch, take a picture before it's gone." And "Credit" flat out kills it with the first line, "my credit's fucked up and I don't give a fuck!" Khalil, I feel you! But listen closely and you'll really hear what he means by "the government knows he owes me." Deep.

An educator, author, poet, dancer, and political advocate, Khalil Anthony is a voice that definitely needs to be heard. Currently living and working in the Bay Area, Anthony is destined to leave a legacy to be admired by all.

Written By: Christina White


- www.eomentertainment.com


Album:
Urbanfolksunshine

Artist:
Khalil Anthony

Style:
Rock

Urbanfolksunshine



"A mutha-fucking [G], not gansta, not gigolo, but GOD: manifesting the creator in all that I do." Well, if that's not the hottest description of self on one's MySpace page, I don't know what is. Chicago native Khalil Anthony's Urbanfolksunshine is a musical journey through the mind of a genius. Originally a collection of poems, the album is raw, passionate, and truly glorious. Detailing the pain and struggles of a Black man healing, Urbanfolksunshine is as emotional as it is inspirational.

"Simplicity" has a reggae feel to it, very chill, but has a strong message to adore what we often overlook and take for granted, including ourselves. "Runwaylove" is my favorite track, a funky song about a relationship continued just for show. "Fake smile, fake kiss... pull out a camera bitch, take a picture before it's gone." And "Credit" flat out kills it with the first line, "my credit's fucked up and I don't give a fuck!" Khalil, I feel you! But listen closely and you'll really hear what he means by "the government knows he owes me." Deep.

An educator, author, poet, dancer, and political advocate, Khalil Anthony is a voice that definitely needs to be heard. Currently living and working in the Bay Area, Anthony is destined to leave a legacy to be admired by all.

Written By: Christina White


- www.eomentertainment.com


"Urbanfolksunshine" by Khalil Anthony, is a socially relevant CD of mainly adult rock music with a reggae influence. The musicianship and recording quality are very good. The tracks on the CD include a variety of genres from reggae to adult rock, which keeps the CD interesting throughout. The lyrics are deep and directed to important global issues such as war and social injustice. The rhythmic grooves and timing is very complex on many tracks, yet the band remains tight throughout and the songs remain melodic and enjoyable. "So Hard," is a very strong track with a socially dark message, but a memorable chorus with a well-fitted complex rhythmic pattern. "Stop" has a nice mix of male and female vocals, and a powerful message in the hook-filled chorus. "Hey," which has all the elements of an adult rock hit, is our favorite track. If you enjoy adult rock music that has a reggae influence, you will enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today!
- Review by RadioIndy staff - RadioIndy


Title:
Khalil Anthony: A Man For All Seasons

Artist:
Khalil Anthony

Interview By:
Gina Morris

Intro:
He has spent his life giving young people the education they deserve, creating wonderful music, and trying to make the world a little bit better. He is Khalil Anthony, a Bay Area singer/songwriter who has released his debut album, Urbanfolksunshine. Khalil recently provided thoughtful answers to Gina Morris' earnest questions.

Interview:
Welcome to our world, Khalil and thank you for talking to us today. How be you?

I be wonderful, excited, happy, honored, blessed and beautiful today. Feeling the sun against my face, knowing that I am here today because there is work to be done. Thanks for asking!

Would you mind telling us a little about your upbringing. What was your childhood like?

I was born in the 70's. I like to romanticize about that time because it was so romantic for me. Block parties, family gatherings, Black people talking to each other on the street, playing until the streetlights came on and dancing for no good reason.

You know, it was a time like that for me. I felt like my childhood was filled with all of the imagination and wonder of a "typical" childhood. I say "typical" because it was not typical at all. My mother had me at 15 years old and since she was such a brilliant artist, she feed me all of the gifts that she had acquired. Also, since my mother was so young, I was raised by my entire family. Wonderful women and men who laid a hand on me when I needed it and laid
some knowledge on me all the time.

So, for me, childhood was about creating new ways to see life, understanding that life changes and we have to be able to change with it, and knowing that I could create anything that I wanted as long as I had first seen it in my mind.

You have degrees in Education and have spent a lot of time teaching young people, especially African-Americans. Did you always envision yourself as a teacher?

It's funny, when I was growing up I saw myself as an actor or a super ROCK star. I would do scenes in the mirror and use my air guitar to rock in front of millions. But, I remember in 6th grade when my favorite teacher was on leave for 3 months, we had a substitute teacher who was not only an amazing person, he was African American. This was the first African American male that I had ever seen in education. He definitely made an impression on me and I remember thinking that I could be a teacher too.

Since that time, I have attained my bachelor's and master's degrees in education and Humanities. I believe that working with children of color is an aspect to the work that I do because I am able to make subtle impressions on young people that allow them to dream of greater heights. I like to inform them with my presence that they can do absolutely anything they imagine themselves doing!

What do think was your greatest achievement as an educator?

In a weird way, I believe when I stood up to the police officers at my old job, Thurgood Marshall Academic High School, I was being an educator and an advocate for young people. The fact that I faced my fear and the fear of our brown communities, I was able to be the change that I wanted to see in the world. Standing up to the powers that be can be an exhilarating feeling and when the youth find you to be a leader and a hero, it means something, ya know?

How and when did you make the transition into a recording artist?

I've been singing forever. In the beginning of my plunge into singer/songwriter status, I got a lot of resistance from my friends and colleagues. My voice was too raw and too gritty, I was told. This was like seven years ago. Since that time, I have been blessed to be around supportive musicians and artists who were able to help me find my voice. They helped me see where and how to use my voice in a way that moved the music, drove home the sentiment. So, the transition has been about seven years and I have learned so much in the preparation process that I feel more confident when I open my mouth and I know that something strong and important will come out.

Who are the musicians/singers who have inspired your own music?

So many people. But the one person that I want to talk about is Tracy Chapman. I can still remember the first time I heard “Fast Car”, I thought it was a new male vocalist and I was floored by the content and the general message of the song. When I saw the video and realized that it was a woman, I was even more into the idea of the song and her voice. She made me listen, made me pay attention to my own surroundings and asked me to think.

Now that I make music, I want to make the same impression on my audience. I want them to think critically about the world and ask them to do something. Just the act of thinking alone is a verb. The act of thinking creates movement and hopefully instills a sense of ownership in the world that we live.


Did the Urbanfolksu - eom ENTERTAINMENT


Discography

URBANFOLKSUNSHINE 2007; Urban Folk Music Project (Ascap)

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Bio

Khalil Anthony; educator, artist, singer/songwriter, and dancer, an enigma, a charismatic vocalist who is able to invoke the spirit and the word while staying true to the musical fervor and flavor of the process of creating. Always moving toward the next station, he has worked hard to develop his sound and his ability to be flexible inside of the music.

Influenced by the importance and the intention found in country and folk music, he has found ways to incorporate soul, rock and reggae into his sound by working with talented musicians in the construction of his first cd, URBANFOLKSUNSHINE.

As a solo artist, Khalil Anthony has been compared to Tracy Chapman, Ben harper and Paul Simon. Smart, fresh and urgent, his music stands alone as a symbol of honest and potent creative genius.