THE SOUNDCHECK SERIES™ Presented by Pier Entertainment
THE SOUNDCHECK SERIES: RAHBI and Leah Smith Live
1527 Cecil B. Moore Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19121
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Like the infectious energy found on the dance floor of legendary nightclub Studio 54, multi-genre artist RAHBI unites beautiful people from all walks of life. RAHBI honed his skills as a dynamic performer at his grandfather's church in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. Finding solace there, and with the encouragement of his parents, the young star quickly realized that he was meant to be on stage. While still in middle school, RAHBI met legendary music executive LA Reid & penned his first major record deal with the group 4th Avenue. Thereafter, the group disbanded, propelling the young artist to pursue a solo career. It was then that RAHBI morphed into the rock star we know today; leader of his beautiful people and ambassador in freeing minds.
RAHBI is praised especially for his dynamic live shows and his versatile vocal range where he perfectly blends the smooth sounds of r&b, energy packed pop/rock & sophisticated funk. He takes musical inspiration from artists as diverse as Prince, Grace Jones, David Bowie, Rick James, George Michael, The Clark Sisters, and aims to combust stereotypical ideals in music & art.
RAHBI has rightfully gained the admiration of industry greats such as Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae and has opened for the likes of SZA, Tyler The Creator, Big Freedia, Bilal and more. While being featured on VH1’s Make A Band Famous, Natasha Bedingfield was overcome by RAHBI's infectious melodies and stated: "I can't get it out of my head... it's hot!" RAHBI was recently summoned to performed at AFROPUNK Atlanta and the historic Apollo theater in Harlem, New York.
RAHBI's music comes full circle on his latest project, GoldenChild EP Trilogy. Split into 3 Trimesters, RAHBI leads his Beautiful People to love and encourages them to embrace what makes them special. "Love is the miracle that sets us free" - RAHBI
RAHBI is currently hard at work in the studio creating new music to inspire minds & blur lines. Stay tuned.
There’s a moment that true music lovers cherish when an artist is found that is musically diverse, culturally relevant, visibly accessible, and able to deliver quality music without fail. That moment is reached each time one experiences the sounds of Leah Smith. From acoustic melodies, to heavy hitting beats, orchestral compositions to the stripped down, unplugged sound of a sole piano and vocalist, 21-year-old Leah Smith delivers it all. Her voice effortlessly transitions in and out of high octaves, and her music moves from ballads to hip-hop inspired, upbeat tempos with ease.
Hailing from the streets of North Philadelphia and a product of Philadelphia’s prestigious Creative and Performing Arts High School, music has always been a part of Leah’s life. Smith gave her first vocal solo at the age of 4 and at the age of 9, began singing with the Temple University Program for Gifted Young Musicians. She began recording with the Baltimore based group Sandtown before she was even in a double digit age category and began writing songs at age 11. In 2008, Smith became the winner of the Best of Philly Rising/World Café Live Showcase and released her debut EP entitled Beautifully Made in October 2009 to rave reviews. Smith’s current single, Monster debuted at number 1 on digstation.com within its first week of sales.
Singer/Songwriter/Musician Leah Smith has shared the stage with Grammy Award winning artists such as Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, and Israel Houghton. A former member of Israel Houghton and New Breed, Smith has already toured the United States, Asia, Europe, and Australia. Smith’s music offers a breath of fresh air to the music that mainstream culture has grown accustomed to. Leah Smith wants to share with her listeners that “real, living hope is accessible to all.” Her sound crosses genre barriers blending soul, gospel, pop, and folk musical styles to create a sound all her own. Smith's debut EP Entitled Beautifully Made is in stores now.
$10.00 - $25.00
THE SOUNDCHECK SERIES™ highlights eight dynamic artists over eight weeks, showcasing a multi-genre collection of young, buzzworthy acts in an unforgettable concert experience and one-of-a-kind industry event. Week after week, the area's top rising stars present a full hourlong performance, setting the stage for SOUNDCHECK talent to showcase the complete, impressive range of their artistry.
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