Singer Shaliek could be called the Dr. Phil of music because of the healing words of his debut single “The Past,” which is burning up the music charts.
The singer, who was born and raised in the Bronx, wants to help people with their romantic relationships.
“The song is for everyone,” says Shaliek. “We all make mistakes—men and women—and we can all relate to the song. People have told me that they feel like I am talking directly to them.”
“The Past, the first single from his forthcoming “Blood, Sweat, Tears” album that is set to be released on Pendulum Records in October, talks about a woman who continually brings up past relationships and keeping his relationship from growing.
He wrote the song after putting all of his energy into a dead-end relationship.
“I think music is powerful—especially soul songs—and they have messages in them,” Shaliek said. “I’m really excited to see that the song touches people.
Shaliek is no stranger to powerful music. Coming from a singing family, he grew up listening to such singers as Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and Sam Cooke. The magical way those men twisted a lyric struck a chord with the young Shaliek who began singing at the age of five.
“Singing is something I’ve always wanted to do. I was born to sing and I grew up listening to the old soul music. The way they express themselves is timeless,” he said.
After 11 years in the music business and a songwriter and now an artist, Shaliek is able to deliver the same kind of timeless music like the singers he admires.
“I started out as an artist on Universal records and that fell through,” he said. “I left the singing part of the music business and became a songwriter. At that time I was really lost and I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I knew I wasn’t fulfilled.”
Through prayer and the help of his family and friends, Shaliek was re inspired to pick up a microphone and try singing again.
“I want people to be moved and inspired and I want them to be filled,” he said about “Blood, Sweat, Tears.” “This is an album that people can play all the way through. They don’t have to skip songs. All of the songs are in the old soul style and they are songs that people can relate to.”
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