On Friday, April 1, scores of industry people gathered at Maggiano’s Restaurant in Buckhead for an afternoon lunch to hear the sweet sounds of Musiq Soulchild’s upcoming album, MusiqintheMagiq, which hits stores May 3, 2011.
We had a three-course lunch that included salad, stuffed mushrooms, Mom’s meat lasagna with meat sauce, chicken and spinach manicotti and parmesan-crusted tilapia. Dessert was fresh fruit plates and N.Y.-style cheesecake. Yes, it was simply delectable!
Just before lunch was over, Musiq joined the media for a bit more intimate conversation. One person asked how he liked the transition from Philly to Atlanta and if that affected his style of music. He said it didn’t, adding that he loves Atlanta because it reminds him of home. He talked about being the eldest of nine siblings and how they all may not agree on certain things. He said they also have conflicts of interest, but he allows them to live their own lives.
I asked him what songs on the new album were for us ladies, and he said, “Pretty much the whole cd.” Track number one is about women and how he really appreciates us. He has not put out a new video yet, but it’s in the works.
The song I was hearing throughout the room made me want to dance. I’m sure that the cd will be a great seller because all of Musiq Soulchild’s music is mid-tempo and doesn’t get on my nerves after two or three songs.
He also said that Swizz Beatz produced the album. Musiq said that, by coincidence, he would see Beatz in and out of the studio all the time. Eventually, they just happened to meet and begin discussing the project, and, apparently, everything worked out.Look for the album in stores May 3.