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Interview:
Musiq Soulchild feels the love in words, music
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Musiq Soulchild’s sixth album, “MusiqInTheMajiq,” is only nine months old, but the R&B singer from Philadelphia has already moved into “writer-producer mode,” working with Bow Wow, Chrissette Michelle and others.

“I think I want to take a step back a little bit as an artist,” says Musiq (real name Taalib Johnson), 34. “I’m not going to stop performing or being an artist. I do enjoy singing and all of that, but it takes away from being creative. At least with being a writer-producer you can constantly create and make music and things like that.

“So at the moment I enjoy being a writer and producer just a little more than being a performer. But I know in a minute I’m going to miss being an artist and ... I’ll want to get back to that, too.”

Before then, however, Musiq is likely to turn up as an author.

“Ultimately it’s going to be about love and relationships and love and music,” Musiq says, “basically just a man with an opinion ranting about love and relationships and how my music is affected by it — and vice versa.”

Though Musiq says the project is “still in its embryonic development stage” he hopes to fast-track it and publish “by the summer, definitely before the fall.”

“I know my core audience,” he adds, “and people who are interested in my music will be interested in this. And hopefully people who have never heard of me and wouldn’t even be interested in the music will at least be interested in my thoughts and opinions about how we, as people, relate to each other in terms of romantic love.”

Musiq Soulchild performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Sound Board in the Motor City Casino and Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $53, $48 and $45. Call 313-309-4700 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.

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