Los Angeles singer-songwriter Moses Sumney has already created a fan base for himself with some of music’s hottest names, including musicians St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens and even Beyoncé‘s little sister Solange, whom he shared the stage with a while back. No surprise here, simply because it’s pretty amazing what Sumney can do with his heavenly voice.
After listening to his music on SoundCloud, I realized that his vocals are so strong, that he really doesn’t need to sing any lyrics; his voice is his own instrument! As far as his genre, a mix of electro-soul and folk come to mind; even though he’s stated that he grew up listening to Usher, Beyoncé and Ella Fitzgerald. But growing up wasn’t all that easy for Moses. Born in San Bernardino, California, Sumney moved to Ghana when he was only 10 years old. He says it was tough for him, considering the fact that he was already “Americanized” and got introduced to a whole new culture that didn’t really accept him. He was bullied in school and says the other students didn’t like him because he was different (coming from America). He describes himself as someone who is shy, but oddly enough, he doesn’t get nervous before going on stage; just in social situations. Eventually, he returned back home to attend UCLA, and it is then and there that Moses developed his sound.
Apart from playing alongside Solange and indie rock band Local Natives, the biggest highlight of his career (thus far) has to be the moment he recorded and produced a track for Beck‘s ‘Song Reader’ album. He says he never thought the song would be heard but little did he know, it was the opening track for the record. All this even before releasing his very first album.
Moses Sumney recently joined James Blake on tour and performed at Toronto’s Massey Hall just this past week. His self-released EP ‘Lamentations‘ is out now.
Listen to his latest EP below: