There are any number of ways you might have encountered Philadelphia’s Solomon Temple for the first time. Perhaps you watched an episode of his Songs For The Soul video series, spotlighting his peers in the city’s creative arts scene. You might have heard him in conversation with renowned Philadelphia poet Ursula Rucker on an edition of Intercultural Journeys’ Close-Ups. Maybe you were walking in the vicinity of Fishtown’s Theory Gallery and saw his confident and compassionate visage looking out from a mural on the wall.
For us, we were blown away by Temple’s golden voice booming from the World Cafe Live stage this February, as he joined his friends Omar’s Hat in a 25th anniversary tribute to Erykah Badu’s landmark album Baduizm.
Temple, in many ways, has been around — forging connections, taking part in collaborations, and building his presence on the Philadelphia scene. On the other hand, he’s just getting started, and in 2020 released his soaring debut single “Call Me Crazy,” a song about the profundity of one of his central themes: love. In this week’s Key Studio Session, we get a taste of the other music Temple has in his burgeoning catalog.