Brik.liam, Joi Starr
Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmBrooklyn Bowl
This event is 21 and over
Advanced tickets to this event are SOLD OUT! We will have a limited number of admissions available to purchase at the box office on the night of the show starting at 6:00 PM. All admissions at the door will be first come first serve, one ticket per customer, with no re entry. $20 at the door, cash only.
In addition to boasting collaborations with Adam Levine, Lil Wayne, & Busta Rhymes, his critically acclaimed 2013 offering, New Orleans, earned a 2014 GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best R&B Song” for “Only One” [feat. Stevie Wonder]. In addition to figuring prominently on Maroon 5’s multiplatinum Overexposedand V, Morton has written and produced for everybody from BJ The Chicago Kid, Jermaine Dupri, and Jazmine Sullivan to Monica and India.Arie.
Among many other accolades, he has published his literary debut Why Can’t I Sing About Love? in 2009, and become music director for Solange following the release of her critically acclaimed opus A Seat At The Table.
In April 2017, he released his 5th studio album & first offering for his own Morton Records, Gumbo from the funkified grooves of “Claustrophobic” [feat. Pell] to the unifying and undeniable message of “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” [feat. BJ The Chicago Kid & The Hamiltones]. In 2018, this album was Grammy nominated for Best R&B Album and his single, First Began was nominated for Best R&B Song.
"You've got to make sure that what you're holding onto isn't actually holding on to you. There is a difference. And to be able to tell the difference, sometimes you've got to let it all go. And it's said that if you let something go, and it returns, then it was meant to be. But if not, it was never yours. But you'll never know unless you let go."
Letting go, this is the message Brik.Liam promotes daily, without using a word, sometimes cleverly with that red-balloon-emoji you scroll past in your phone. His music speaks of the same theme; letting go. Whether it is in reference to a relationship, which most of the time it is, or simply letting go of fear, doubt, inhibition and bad habits.
The sound he presents, is quite soulful because of where he sings from, but also extremely eclectic and various in taste and texture, because of his eclectic and diversified upbringing. Brik.Liam, born Jacoby Jerome Williams, is a Virginia born artist, but grew up in several parts of the world. This is owed to his stepfather being in the military. He's lived in quite a few states and a couple different countries.
Raised strictly on Gospel/Christian music, Brik was able find his sound borrowing, and sometimes keeping a variety of CD’s from his friends and classmates. He has expressed his sound and ear was influenced by artist such as Brandy, Musiq Soulchild, Mary Mary, Tank, Gretchen Parlato, Marvin Gaye and the various vocalists you can find in Disney movies from the ate 80s to the early 2000s.
As a writer he started by simply spending time doing poetry and later decided to match melody to the words he created.
During his senior year of college at Clark Atlanta University, he, like the rest of the world, became extremely inspired by the artistry of Frank Ocean. As well as Jhene Aiko and mastermind James Fauntleroy. This new and refreshing music discovery pushed Brik to write lyrics with much more thought. He began wanting to tell stories and tell them with great intent and depth.
He got the name Brik from the word "brick" being a synonym for his favorite color, red. And Liam [lee-am] is from his real surname, Williams.
Brik’s first original body of work was a 9-song unofficial EP, Mr. Liam’s Neighborhood. The records from that project have allotted him many opportunities in several cities. He’s been featured on Ebony Magazine’s site for his single video “Shine”, and other sites and showcases since the projects release in 2014. Early 2016, with his reputation as a ‘vocal disk-jockey’, He released a project filled with creative song medley’s and mash-ups, entitled “…Still with Love, Brik…”Merging a various of song genres and artist; anyone from Stevie Wonder to Journey, Janet Jackson to Britney Spears.
He’s currently finishing up his first official body of work, still untitled. Working to even create some of his own production ideas, with the help of producers Travon Snipes and Mr. Damention. This process has allowed him to narrow down his sound. Slated to release early 2017.
He’s also well known for his visual art abilities and views. More and more building a live and online experience for people to enjoy with their ears and eyes. His aesthetic constantly tells the story of the sky and flight. Encouraging people to simply look up instead of down. Rocking all denim, and most times, a red beanie, inspired by the late-great Marvin Gaye.
Brik.Liam hopes to simply inspire. To ignite a light so it can be passed on.
Will you join the movement?
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249