Black Music Month Live

The Apple Store celebrates Black Music Month.

June is Black Music Month, and we’re celebrating with a series of live shows, animated discussions, and special events at the Apple Store. For the fan who wants to get closer, our Meet the Musician events are your opportunity to ask questions and speak with select artists. You’ll also get a chance to hear from other stars and professionals in the music industry — such as designers, actors, photographers, and more. Read about our guests below and get details on event times and locations. To hear more from this amazing group, visit Black Music Month on iTunes.

Apple Store, North Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Thursday, June 26, 6:00 p.m.
Meet the Musician: Erica Campbell

With seven Mary Mary albums under her belt and numerous awards, including four Grammy Awards, Erica Campbell spreads her wings flying solo for the first time. Erica describes her solo sound as a blend, “Think Motown meets gospel meets rock and roll,” all of which are her nod to the power and uniqueness of live vocals and live bands.

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Apple Store, SoHo, New York

Monday, June 2, 8:00 p.m.
Meet the Musician: Sevyn Streeter

Sevyn Streeter has cemented herself as a rising R&B star with the success of her solo EP, Call Me Crazy, But…, which debuted at number five on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. “It Won’t Stop,” the lead single, has topped charts and YouTube, with over 29 million views. Sevyn has won three ASCAP awards for songwriting and has penned works for studio superstars and icons, including Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, Babyface, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, and Alicia Keys.

Thursday, June 12, 8:00 p.m.
Meet the Musician: SZA

Noting John Coltrane, Satchmo, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Björk, and the Wu-Tang Clan as her inspirations, SZA envelops your soul at first listen. She laces her music with soul-quenching traces of seductive allure. From floral imagery and set design to her concise yet intense songwriting, SZA creates a beautiful, multisensory package.

Tuesday, June 17, 8:00 p.m.
Meet the Musician: Algebra Blessett

The soulful songstress, Algebra Blessett, hails from the R&B hotbed of Atlanta. Having won widespread acclaim with her solo debut, Purpose, and for her work as collaborator with the likes of Monica, Bilal, India.Arie, Esperanza Spalding, and Anthony David, Algebra shines with remarkable vocal and songwriting gifts.

Thursday, June 19, 7:00 p.m.
Meet the Photographer: Jonathan Mannion

Jonathan Mannion is widely known for his work in celebrity portrait photography. Mannion created the cover art for Jay Z’s debut LP and many iconic covers to follow. With over two decades behind the lens, he’s dubbed as hip-hop’s premiere visual biographer. The result, in the words of DJ Quik, is that “the world sees hip-hop through [his] eyes.”

Friday, June 20, 8:00 p.m.
Meet the Musician: Jesse Boykins III

Jesse Boykins III is a singer-songwriter with a timeless sound. He is the creator of a new approach to music he calls “World Soul.” He’s collaborated with the likes of Machinedrum, the Foreign Exchange, Theophilus London, Sinden, and Full Crate. His latest album, Love Apparatus, is already receiving love from Esquire, Noisey, VIBE, and more.

Wednesday, June 25, 8:00 p.m.
Live at the Apple Store: Timothy Bloom

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Timothy Bloom has a style that’s equal parts soul, country, and gospel. He cowrote a pair of songs with Smokey Robinson, “My World” and “Fallin’,” and penned Grammy Award–winning songs for both Ne-Yo and Chris Brown. His journey continues with an album scheduled for release later this year.

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