|Bilal Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 2½ in|
|Date of Birth||August 23, 1979|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Bilal is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has released albums, extended plays, mixtapes, and tracks like 1st Born Second, A Love Surreal, Love for Sale, Airtight’s Revenge, In Another Life, Voyage-19, The Return of Mr. Wonderful, The Retrospection, Something To Hold On To, Little One, Levels, Back To Love, West Side Girl, and Restart. Moreover, he was a member of Soulquarians, a rotating collective of experimental Black music artists. Some of the other Soulquarians members have been Erykah Badu, Common, D’Angelo, Mos Def, Q-Tip, and Questlove.
Bilal Sayeed Oliver
Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
New York City, New York, United States
Bilal attended Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and then got enrolled at New York City’s The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Progressive Soul, Neo Soul, R&B, Jazz, Psychedelic Soul
Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar
E1, Plug Research, Universal Records, Interscope Records, Purpose
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his net worth had been $3 Million.
5 ft 2½ in or 158.5 cm
64 kg or 141 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
He was raised in a religiously mixed household, his mother being Christian and his father Muslim.
- He became choir director at his mother’s church when he was 11 years old.
- When he was 14, he formed a group and performed gigs at the Blue Moon Cafe in Philadelphia.
- His father used to take him to the city’s jazz clubs and while once talking to Beat magazine, Bilal stated, “I used to have to sit in the back where the cigarette machine was. They had a curtain they could put over me just in case the police came”, adding, “I remember sitting back there watching all of these different bands who really intrigued me a lot. I liked the way the cats dressed, the way they talked. I got to see Terrence Blanchard, Kenny Kirkland, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts. I was a 13-year-old – I made up my mind then that I wanted to be in music some kind of way.”
- He met the pianist Robert Glasper on his first day at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
- On July 27, 2001, Bilal released his debut album 1st Born Second through Interscope Records and it included songs like All That I Am (Somethin’ for the People), Fast Lane, Sally, When Will You Call, Soul Sista, Love It, Queen of Sanity, Love Poems, and Second Child. The album became a critical success and reviewing for PopMatters, Neal hailed the album as “one of the most significant debuts in black pop during the past 25 years”.
- The album 1st Born Second peaked at #10 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at #31 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
- His 4th studio album, A Love Surreal, was released on February 26, 2013, via eOne Music and it was ranked at #17 on the U.S. Independent Albums (Billboard) chart, at #19 on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) chart, and at #103 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.
- On June 30, 2015, In Another Life (Bilal’s 5th studio album) was released and PopMatters critic John Paul hailed the album as “a stone cold soul classic” and said it would prove to be perhaps “one of, if not the best R&B albums of the year”.
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