SoulStice on tour, may 2011

SoulStice‘s latest album, “Beyond Borders” features collaborations with artists across Europe and his single “Strange Kinda Love” has received international airplay after winning the John Lennon and Billboard songwriting contests with the video receiving airplay on nationwide television.  This year, SoulStice‘s music was featured in the Oscar-nominated film “The Blind Side” starring Sandra Bullock as well as on a recent episode of NCIS LA.

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To say that SoulStice spits knowledge would be an understatement; after all, he does have a Masters Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and holds down a position with the Department of Defense. Recently named a “Modern Day Technology Leader” at the 2010 Black Engineer of the Year Awards, SoulStice has assumed a unique position of leadership in two very different fields – engineering and music.  Since he started his independent label, Wandering Soul Records, SoulStice has been a fixture on the hip hop scene with 5 LP releases, features in just about every major hip hop publication and website and tours in the US, Europe and Japan.

Since the release of his 2003 debut album, North by Northwest, SoulStice has been featured in XXL Magazine, The Source, URB, Scratch, Elemental,, and most other tastemaker hip hop publications and websites.  Renowned journalist Tavis Smiley has even taken an interest, dubbing SoulStice and his music as “enlightened…outside the norm.” Energetic live performances and chart-topping college radio singles have served alongside the press coverage to create an impressive buzz.
In early 2006, SoulStice and Wandering Soul Records caught the interest of Neil Levine, head of Urban Marketing at EMI, leading to a national distribution deal through EMI/CarolineSoulStice has also developed a loyal overesas fanbase, leading to several international tours and distribution partnerships, including Universal Music in Japan.  SoulStice’s song, “That Thang” was featured in the Oscar-Nominated film, “The Blind Side” starring Sandra Bullock, and his song “Always” was featured on the CBS hit show NCIS Los Angeles.

Sharing the stage with artists as diverse as John Legend and Wu-Tang Clan has set the proper foundation for SoulStice to shine through high-energy live performances throughout the US and Europe. SoulStice has collaborated with the legendary AZ of Illmatic fame, Cuban Link, formerly of Terror Squad, and many producers, both well known and up-and-coming. As a result of his music industry experience SoulStice was invited to become also a voting member of the Recording Academy and has attended several Grammy Award shows in LA.  Combining a soulful blend of Chicago funk and east coast boom-bap, SoulStice makes what he insists is “commercial music” with awareness and attitude.  Through this unique brand of hip hop, SoulSticedocuments his one-of-a-kind journey from the windy city of Chicago to the nation’s capitol of Washington, DC, and across the globe.

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