Current musical obsessions of veteran singer-songwriter Susan Werner, musician and artist Scott Montgomery, and Reader coeditor in chief Karen Hawkins
Jamila Woods asserts her place among the greats with Legacy! Legacy!
In November, Chicago poet, teacher, and singer-songwriter Jamila Woods performed her 2016 debut album, Heavn, at the Harold Washington Cultural Center in Grand Boulevard. She brought in dozens of collaborators, including a youth choir, a small troupe of dancers, and a backing band. Several prominent young local poets of color, including Tasha, E’mon Lauren, and […]
Jamila Woods builds on legacies that shook the world
On the new Legacy! Legacy!, Chicago singer and poet Jamila Woods lovingly details how art can learn from the past as it shapes the future.
Jamila Woods includes Chicago schoolkids, joyful blackness, and a backyard barbecue in her video for ‘LSD’
For her new video, soul singer Jamila Woods collaborated with Chance the Rapper, VAM studios, and a group of CPS students—one of whom created the treatment for the clip.
Jamila Woods’s video for ‘Holy’ embodies black self-care
With her video for “Holy,” soul singer Jamila Woods demonstrates how to show love for your community as well as for yourself.
Five local labels that had excellent years in 2016
These modest Chicago imprints have gotten so good at what they do that they’re shaping music scenes far and wide.
Soul singer Jamila Woods makes music about black womanhood that speaks to everyone
Jamila Woods’s stunning solo debut, Heavn, offers a healing elixir of “black girl magic” to help us imagine a path through troubled times.