A little over a year ago, Kamilah Gibson’s hypothetical premise, which she addressed in the single “On My Mind”, questioned what you do when you have a crush on someone who is already in a relationship, and if you admitted what you felt and let the chips fall where they may. This year, she’s returned with her latest single “Dangerous”, which she wants people to listen to and ultimately feel a little less alone in their experiences with an increased faith in their intuition.
“So many of us ignore our gut instincts when so often it’s exactly the voice we should be listening to all along,” said Gibson who dropped her latest single on Friday, September 27 on all major platforms. She celebrated the release with a live show at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 in New York in front of approximately 120 people at the venue which has a capacity of 200 people maximum.
“I really enjoyed the audience for this performance. They were so attentive,” said Gibson, a soulful, eclectic songstress who creates luscious, intense soundscapes with her wide-ranging voice.
“They danced – some sang along. My band was also super incredible. I’ve played with most of them for over a year now so we’re very in sync.”
“Dangerous”, which was written by Gibson, is soul-rooted with some R&B/pop influences. It was produced by Torna, who also plays guitar in the band, and co-produced by Tariq Al-Sabir, who also arranged some of the instrumentation and plays keys in the band.
With Lex Sadler on bass; Kola Rai and Taj Sap (background vocals); Rachel Winder on saxophone/flute; and David Frazier on drums – who are all incredible artists in their own right – Gibson says it’s a privilege for her to get to work with her chosen family. She says they have a fun time playing together and she looks forward to their every performance.
She also used the opportunity to spread awareness about Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.
“We took a moment of silence for all those in Abaco and Grand Bahama who have been affected, and a few collective deep breaths. The room was completely silent, which is hard to accomplish in a bar,” she said.
Since the release of “On My Mind” in June 2018 and prior to the release of “Dangerous” late last month, Gibson also released the single “Beautiful Boy”, which she said has been met with a lot of positive feedback.
She’s also been granted visa status in the United States which means she’s officially a full-time working artist in the country and she said it gives her a lot of freedom to create.
“I started a creative firm with Torna and Tariq called LBD Music, [and] we’ve been slowly building a catalog writing for other artists and for sync submissions.”
Gibson’s voice was in the score for a new HBO series called “Random Acts of Blackness” helmed by director Terence Nance, which she described as an incredible experience. Her voice can also be heard in the score for the A24 film “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” written by Jimmie Fails and directed by Joe Talbot.
“I still feel so incredibly honored to have been part of such an amazing, meaningful project.”
She’s also done a few recordings for feature films that she still can’t talk about yet.
Overall, Gibson’s on a track that she likes, even though she knows the journey can be unpredictable.
“I’ve been so grateful for my experiences so far, and I’m really looking forward to releasing more music very soon.”
The daughter of Dr. Robert Gibson and Marie Sairsingh has been in love with music all her life, and could not avoid it, having grown up with music enthusiasts for parents. Her dad was into jazz and her mom had a more eclectic palate, with a liking for folk and soul, among other genres.
As a result, Gibson grew up listening to everything from Ira Storr and Tony “Exuma the Obeah Man” McKay to Ella Fitzgerald, to Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh…everything. Her mom is a naturalized Bahamian, she was Jamaican-born, so Gibson grew up with a sort of fusion experience at home, and she said all of that has influenced her music over time and made her into who she is.
She told The Nassau Guardian before that she connected with music all her life, but felt she discovered it in high school.
“My mom likes to tell the story of when I was three and Michael Jackson played the Super Bowl. Apparently, I was so glued to the [TV] all I could say to her when she asked me a question completely irrelevant to what was happening onscreen was, ‘I must see Michael Jackson, I want to be Michael Jackson.’ I don’t necessarily want that level of pop stardom, but I’ve been connected to music all my life.”
Music, she says, was the constant that kept her grounded and helped to teach her about life, and that is at the core of why she wants to continue to create it, for herself and others.
“Music is very cathartic. It can get you through some of the most elevating and traumatizing times, and many people associate music with memories. I try to make music that helps people find their way through their experiences and grow from them. It helps me in that way, and I want to share that with people,” said Gibson.