Sydney – Tuesday 25 July, 2017. The Sydney Opera House will welcome a new era of contemporary RnB to the Concert Hall stage in September when Bryson Tiller makes his Australian debut as part of his first world tour.
Between raising his young child, slinging pizzas, living in his car and working odd jobs in sleepy Louisville, Kentucky, 23-year-old Tiller quietly dropped Don't on Soundcloud, a song he wrote in his bedroom. It went on to garner 365 million plays and Triple Platinum status in the US, with sales of more than 3,000,000 copies. He followed up the online hype with his debut album T R A P S O U L, which won him two BET Awards and a GRAMMY nomination for Exchange, a woozy ode to a former lover.
Exemplifying the speed and scale at which contemporary careers can be forged, the young singer left the South behind, selling out 47 dates across the United States – including back-to-back shows at New York's Radio City Music Hall – and European sojourns with The Weekend and SZA. Tiller's short and illustrious career has also included a feature spot on Rihanna and DJ Khaled's radio-raging Wild Thoughts (180 million views on YouTube alone and counting). Earlier this year, Tiller was honoured on the Forbes 30 under 30 Music list, alongside prodigies Gallant, Alessia Cara and Jeremih. His second album True To Self debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 a few months later. Unlike his peers in the industry, Tiller sings and raps his entire record without relying on any featured guests.
“The quiet but inexorable emergence of Bryson Tiller into the big league of genre-bending RnB leads straight onto the Concert Hall stage this September,” said Ben Marshall, Head of Contemporary Music at Sydney Opera House. “Only two albums in but displaying a patient, driven, potent sound as addictive as it is aesthetically considered, Tiller’s meteoric rise has kept intact all his compelling mystique and intrigue. This is a star of his field claiming 2017 as his own on one of the grandest stages around.”
"Perhaps the first truly post-Drake RnB...", The New York Times said of Tiller's debut. “[He’s] a loverman fluent in hip-hop gesture [and] a soul singer whose cadences privilege rhythm over croon ... to say he sings like a rapper is no insult.” A flow and style of voice and that rarely reaches the Opera House rafters, Tiller signals the next generation of the American RnB tradition that the Opera House’s Contemporary Music program has celebrated in recent years with living legends like Erykah Badu, D’Angelo and Mary J. Blige.