BJ The Chicago Kid Charlie Ray Cover Square
BJ The Chicago Kid Charlie Ray Cover Square

BJ The Chicago Kid Offers A Gritty Soul Cover Of Raphael Saadiq's "Charlie Ray"

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If BJ The Chicago Kid's fledgling career has already proven anything, it's that soul prowess most definitely does not skip a generation. The young artist has logged almost too many collaborations to count, and is steadily building his own solo catalog while currently touring in support of the legendary Jill Scott.

Now, the Chicago Kid has cozied up to another great, covering "Charlie Ray" by the indomitable Soulquarian Raphael Saadiq. The recording, which is being released as a part of E&J Brandy's "Generations of Soul" campaign, features BJ crooning at the forefront over crystalline guitar and a gritty backbeat. The recording was premiered by Billboard Monday, and is reportedly the first in a series of audio releases curated by E&J, the lot of which will be released on vinyl later this year.

"'Charlie Ray' is one of my all time favorite songs," BJ told the magazine. "With Raphael having such an extensive catalog, I had to pick a song that I have a personal connection with. While staying true to Raphael's intention, I also had to inject my own touch to it. I hope fans dig both versions."

Listen to the new track below, and check out BJ's current tour itinerary after the jump.

BJ The Chicago Kid Tour Dates:

Aug 11 @ Thalia Mara Hall – Jackson, MS

Aug 12 @ Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX

Aug 21 @ Fox Theater – Oakland, CA

Aug 22 @ Fox Theater – Oakland, CA

Aug 26 @ Harlow’s Restaurant and Nightclub – Sacramento, CA

Aug 27 @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV

Aug 28 @ Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ

Aug 30 @ Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA