The first and only time I saw Solange Knowles perform live was back in 2008 when she and Chrisette Michelle opened for Raheem DeVaughn’s Art of Love tour. Back then Solange was in the middle of her ‘60s soul vibe and was preforming songs from her second album, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams.
When she began her set, the crowd gave her a hard time. They heckled her about her look, which matched the album’s tone and was reminiscent of her older sister’s Dreamgirls’ garb. But by the end of her performance Solo had them eating out of the palm of her hand. Her voice was strong, her moves confident, and it was clear that she was more than just Beyonce’s little sister.
In the years since that night, Solange has established herself as a style maven, a quirky, outspoken woman who is as passionate about fashion as she is about music. And she’s in-demand.
While Solange has graced the pages of nearly every magazine from Elle to In Style showcasing her signature off-beat style, one thing has been missing: the music.
So far the reviews of True have been good. Nearly 500 eager customers have given her EP kudos. Pitchfork said Solo had finally come into “her own time and on her own terms,” and celeb blog Crushable even wondered if Solange was the better Knowles sister.
With sold out shows in New York and London under her belt, to say that Solange is finally earning her just due would be an understatement. But will all of the buzz and her hipster status finally equal musical success?
We hope so.