Jamila Woods may have arrived onto the scene for a majority of fans over a year ago with the candid hit, “Sunday Candy,” alongside Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment and Chance The Rapper. Jamila, who aside from the possibility that she named herself as told at the end of the project’s title track, has a wide range of skills that have been contributing to the Chicago scene for quite some time. An Associate Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors and a founding member of YCA’s Teaching Artist Corps, Jamila is a pillar in the foundation for the art community and Windy City youth. Beyond her work with the YCA, Jamila is also, possibly foremost, a highly respected and accomplished poet, having been published in MUZZLE, Radius, and Third World Press and nominated for the Pushcart Prize, a literary achievement given to those who pen the best in “poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot.” With accolades on top of accolades, Jamila Woods also continues to shine down on the music community and seems poised for a career sling shot into the greater public eye. So, what better way for her rise to be jump-started than with her debut album?
Earlier this year, Jamila Woods signed to Chicago based indie label, Closed Sessions, and today, the smooth sailing vocals of this multi-dimensional artist are expertly displayed throughout her first ever studio project, HEAVN. The concept behind her soulfully succulent worldwide introduction surrounds the struggle of striving for a better, more united, and loving world as told through the eyes of young Black women in Chicago and beyond. Woods’ lyricism echoes these sentiments throughout with many personal vignettes abound, opening more ears in the music world to her deftly creative, necessarily timely writing abilities and the complimentary, stunningly soft vocals that bring her words to life. Keeping things extra close to home, Woods’ reunites with Donnie Trumpet and Chance The Rapper, while also bringing along a slew of other Chicago area artists including Noname (f/k/a Noname Gypsy), Lorine Chia, and production from oddCouple, Saba, Kweku Collins, Carter Lang, Peter Cottontale, Nate Fox, and many more.
“HEAVN is about black girlhood, about Chicago, about the people we miss who have gone on to prepare a place for us somewhere else, about the city/world we aspire to live in. I hope this album encourages listeners to love themselves and love each other. For black and brown people, caring for ourselves and each other is not a neutral act. It is a necessary and radical part of the struggle to create a more just society. Our healing and survival are essential to the fight.” – Jamila Woods
Scale your way to HEAVN below and click the link to download. And from the words of Donnie Trumpet by way of a Towkio single, “HEAVN only knows.”
#HEAVN ONLY KNOWS
— nico (@DonnieTrumpet) July 11, 2016
Take a listen.