Venue: The Englert Theatre
Sunday, April 8
Ancient Possse, 7 p.m.
Psalm One, 8 p.m.
Jamila Woods, 9:15 p.m.
$15 General Admission (also gains entry to Ancient Posse and Jamila Woods [Performance])
Cristalle Bowen, professionally known as Psalm One, has been consistently named one of the nation’s Best Artists by the Chicago Tribune, and in 2011 made her national television debut on MTV’s Emmy-winning series, MADE. She released her debut album, “Bio:Chemistry”, while studying chemistry at the University of Illinois in 2002. In 2006 Psalm One became the only woman signed to the independent record label Rhymesayers Entertainment after leaving her job as a chemist and releasing her commercial debut, “The Death of Frequent Flyer”.
Since then she’s toured the globe performing and recording an impressive discography, and has shared the stage with everyone from Chance the Rapper to 50 Cent. In 2012 she released a children’s album, aptly titled “Child Support” in conjunction with ASCAP and America SCORES, a nationally celebrated after school program.
Balancing time between tour and running the hip-hop influenced after school program Rhymeschool, Psalm has always been an insightful, exciting artist to watch. In 2013, she began releasing music under the pseudonym Hologram Kizzie.
Kizzie released 2 amazing projects: “Free Hugs” and “Hug Life”, the latter named one of the best indie releases of 2014 by various publications.
In 2015 she self-released P.O.L.Y. (Psalm One Loves You), and embarked on a U.S. tour she orchestrated herself. P.O.L.Y. breaks new ground for Psalm, as it shows a beautiful amount of live instrumentation and group vocals. Fittingly, the album was named #3 in the top 10 indie albums of 2015 by the Chicago Tribune. Psalm has been extremely D.I.Y. in her approach and in a recent interview took the rap community to task for their collective treatment of women.
Also in 2015, she’s been the driving force behind a new supergroup, the all-female collective The Rapperchicks. This year the group released their debut, and Psalm just released a triple album, “Gender Fender Bender”. 20XX has no chill, and neither does Psalm One.