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2014 was a banner year for Pell. With the independent release of Floating While Dreaming, the New Orleans native established himself as a premier force in the music world. The first major statement of a serious artist, Floating While Dreaming garnered ecstatic press across the board, including FADER, Billboard, Complex, and more. The project allowed Pell to flex his musical muscle while forging his own identity.
Pell knows the importance of dreams. Hurricane Katrina forced Pell’s family to move to Jackson, Mississippi, when Pell was only fourteen. “All I was able to take with me from New Orleans was the musical culture I grew up in, not my possessions, only memories and life lessons,” he says, “creating a new life from scratch teaches you resilience.”
In 2015, Pell continued to forge his own path through the release of LIMBO. The EP, produced by TV on The Radio’s Dave Sitek, found Pell navigating a musical arena dubbed as ‘experimental soul.” This genre combined dark synths and live instrumentation, brought together by Sitek’s specialty of removing artists from their comfort zone. On the heels of a nationwide tour supporting Kehlani, Pell launched his first headlining run spanning 28 cities to open 2016 before stops at Hangout, Firefly, and Pemberton music festivals.
He didn’t stop there. Pell satiated fans by peppering in singles like “Show Out”, “Basic Beach”, and “All In A Day’s Work” throughout his jam-packed summer. Amidst all the craziness of summer ‘16, Pell still found time for friends both old and new. Recording sessions with Louis The Child brought about the single “Turn Me Down,” under the moniker, Pellican Child. “Turn Me Down,” has garnered 2M+ streams across streaming platforms, and led to performances alongside his Chicago-collaborators at sold out shows in Los Angeles and Chicago. Pell closed 2016 with a few new notches on his belt which ranged from collaborations with Big Gigantic, Boys Noize, and AlunaGeorge, to a myriad of shows with Tory Lanez, Sweater Beats and more.
Entering 2017, Pell prepared for the makings of a brand new EP and a hectic touring schedule. This included performances at festivals such as Bottlerock, Forecastle, JMBLYA and more. Alongside his festival circuit, Pell made his way around the US as a Red Bull Sound Select artist. This led to two new London On Da Track-produced singles, “Patience” and “Jam” - the featured track in a national Samsung Galaxy S8 campaign which focused on Pell and his hometown of New Orleans.
Come November, Pell dropped a music video for his Rahki-produced single, “chirpin’,” from his EP, “girasoul.” The full EP was later released in December, with featured collaborators such as Saba, Imad Royal, Roget Chahayed, Bill Delelles and Vérité making appearances throughout. Looking into the remainder of 2018, Pell is gearing up for performances at Soundset Festival in May, Essence Festival in July, and Westward Festival in September.
Pell’s musical catalog has gained over 80M streams on Spotify alone, and represents the humble beginnings of his career - the time between dreaming and doing, and the moments spent waiting for the journey to start. As a writer, rapper, singer, and producer, Pell’s talent is formidable, and his skills are continuing to grow.