BJ The Chicago Kid Talks Signing With Motown And New Project

By Tristin Marshall

BJ The Chicago Kid sat down with Forbes to discuss his feelings about signing with Motown, his upbringing, and his new project ‘The Opening Ceremony.’

In the interview, BJ The Chicago Kid expressed his affinity for Motown,–sparked during his childhood–and what it means to him to be signed to the label. “I think it’s a pretty neat story. I couldn’t do nothing but really try to represent them in the best way possible and try to keep that legacy going,” he says of growing up on Classic Motown music including Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and The Supremes, and the Jackson 5.

He released his Motown debut ‘In My Mind’ in 2016, which included the singles “Church” featuring Chance the Rapper and Buddy and “Turnin’ Me Up”. The project received three Grammy nominations for the 2017 awards show.

BJ The Chicago Kid also told Forbes what it was like growing up in Chicago and how important he felt it was to move away from home to achieve his dreams. “I think the lessons that were waiting for me – just life itself – they had to be found outside the city,” he told Forbes. “I feel like I learned what I could learn [in Chicago]. And [moving] was actually one of the best moves of my life.”

Earlier this year, BJ The Chicago Kid released the three-song project ‘The Opening Ceremony,’ which features easy to listen to melodies layered with the rustic soul of BJ’s vocals. He also teamed up with R&B vocalist Ro James for the R&B Tour this past spring. 

Read the full article on Forbes.

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