Sebastian Kole

Tuesday, October 2

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$22 - $95

This event is all ages

This is a seated event. Each ticket purchased will have a designated section. The seats in the section you select are first come first serve.

For six-time Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, Tamia, “Music is just a part of me and everything I do, every step that I take.” The Canadian-born vocal powerhouse has lived by that mantra for a career spanning over two decades and solidifying her as one of the most recognizable voices in R&B music.

Tamia’s voice has become synonymous with the new definition of soul and spawned hits like ‘You Put A Move On My Heart’, ‘Stranger in My House’, Officially Missing You, ‘So Into You’ (later re-recorded with Fabolous in 2003), and the 2012 hit single ‘Beautiful Surprise’.

Tamia’s first big break came when she collaborated with celebrated music producer Quincy Jones on the classic album Q’s Jook Joint in 1998, followed by the release of her self-titled debut. The debut album earned her two Grammy nominations; Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for ‘You've Put A Move On My Heart;’ Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group with Vocal for "Slow Jams" featuring Babyface, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for her work with Brandy, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan on the single ‘Missing You’ from the Set It Off soundtrack. Tamia’s star continued to rise in early 2000 after winning an NAACP Image Award for her chart-topping collaboration with fellow R&B singer Eric Benet, Spend My Life With You, which was also nominated for a Grammy award that year. As anticipated, Tamia’s next few albums would be brimming with timeless music that perfectly encapsulated her unforgettable vocal abilities.

With the release of Tamia's fifth studio album Beautiful Surprise, the singer explored various genres of music, blending her special passion with each style and making them her own, showing her creativity as an artist. The album earned Tamia another two Grammy Awards in 2013: Best R&B Song and Best R&B Album for Beautiful Surprise, a first for a Canadian artist.

A modern day woman and matriarch, Tamia balances her artistry and career with being a supportive wife to husband and NBA Hall of Famer, Grant Hill and a loving mother to her two daughters. Together, Tamia and her husband created The Grant Hill and Tamia Foundation where they continue to be recognized for their philanthropic involvement with several charities. Tamia is also the founder of Plus 1 Music Group, which successfully released three studio albums Between Friends, Greatest Hits and Beautiful Surprise.

Tamia’s beautifully crafted sound is a reflection of her many inspirations and her innate ability to master genres from R&B and neo soul, to gospel, jazz and hip hop soul. “After 20 years I continue to be inspired by the places I visit and the people I meet, which allows me to include a piece of my experiences in the art I create.”

After signing with Def Jam Recordings in the summer of 2014, Tamia immediately began working on her sixth studio album collaborating with an impressive list of hitmakers. The sultry vocal stylings sift perfectly into the R&B melodies of production offered by some of the most notable producers in the music industry.

Tamia’s sixth studio project, Love Life (2015) is her highest charting album to date, reaching #1 on the Billboard R&B chart.
Sebastian Kole
Sebastian Kole
“This is very much a snapshot of what I am, a very honest transparent piece of music. It’s saying I mess up a lot. I don’t really get this right all the time and neither do you. So let’s just try to figure it out.”

Meet Sebastian Kole.

Kole quickly snapped the industry to attention in 2015 with his co-writing skills on Alessia Cara’s insightful double-platinum debut single, “Here.” This year, television viewers have been treated not once but three times to his lyrical prowess—and warm, soulful vocals—through syncs of his songs (“Home,” “Love’s on the Way” and “Love Doctor”) on ABC’s popular long-running series Grey’s Anatomy. That same potent lyricism flows throughout the four other songs comprising the EP. In addition to the aforementioned syncs featured on Grey’s Anatomy, there’s the ballad “Pour Me” about escaping life through drink. Beyond his brilliant knack for telling stories with his expressive tenor, the Birmingham, Alabama native has also crafted an eclectic mashup of southern gospel and blues with pop, soul, jazz, rock and classical. It’s a sound he labels simply as SOUP: Southern Urban Pop.

Kole figured out at an early age that music was his calling. Taught the piano by his godmother, the precocious five-year-old became the “makeshift minister of music” at the age of 10 after his parents began pastoring at the Pentecostal church where his godmother played. Friends later introduced the middle schooler to secular music with gifts of a taped copy of MTV Unplugged in New York: Nirvana and the Forrest Gump soundtrack. As a student at the University of Alabama, the Goodie Mob fan doubled as lead singer and piano player for a southern rock band, coverings songs by the Allman Brothers, Ray Charles and others. “There’s nothing wrong with telling a story,” says Kole, who ticks off a diverse list of lyrical heroes that also includes Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, Simon & Garfunkel, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie. “Their songs are stories where you have to listen to the whole thing, not just one verse and a hook.”

Returning home after graduation to play for the church again as well as gigs with another local band, Kole continued to sharpen his songwriting skills. At his mother’s suggestion, Kole—who also plays guitar and drums—wrote 13 songs in seven days for an album that he later recorded in a studio with money from her. Though Kole jokes that it “went maybe paper or plastic,” the set drew considerable local attention. That prompted a second indie album, Live From My Notebook, one of whose tracks landed local radio airplay. Quitting his job as a bank customer service manager, Kole moved into the stockroom of his uncle’s shoe store (“My furniture was shoe racks”). His big break came when a hook he co-wrote segued into the Jennifer Lopez song “Goin’ In” featuring Flo Rida, which appeared on the 2012 soundtrack Step Up Revolution. Moving to Los Angeles in early October that same year, Kole began collaborating in writing sessions with unsigned artists. Word of mouth about his skills soon spread during an ensuing three-week period, leading Kole to EP Entertainment—and a meeting with Motown. “Some 20 hours later I had a deal,” says Kole. “My clothes hadn’t even made it here.”

...the result is SOUP, for your listening pleasure.