Zeshan B

May 16th, 2022 8:30pm   Stage 2


Michael Hollis

Zeshan B’s breakout album “Vetted” was released in April 2017 to commercial and critical acclaim with the album debuting at #8 on Billboard's Top 10 Albums (World Music) and peaking at #1 on iTunes’ World Music chart. Additionally, “Vetted” has received rave reviews from Rolling Stone, NPR, ABC, NBC, PBS, Salon, Democracy Now and the Times of India. Zeshan's hit single from the album “Cryin in the Streets”--his reinterpretation of George Perkins' 1970 classic civil rights anthem--has garnered praise from the New York Times, PRI, American Songwriter, and Chicago Tribune for its musical finesse as well as its relevance in America's current socio-political climate.

In August of 2017, Zeshan made his US television debut with a stirring rendition of his hit single, “Crying in the Streets” on CBS’s Late Night w/ Stephen Colbert at the historic Ed Sullivan Theater. This was followed by a PBS NewsHour special (“Groovin’ for Change”).

Since then, he continues to be on tour with appearances at iconic venues and festivals such as the Lincoln Center, Bonnaroo, Electric Forest Fest, House of Blues (Boston), Kennedy Center, the Blue Note (NYC) and the Canadian National Exhibition. He has performed for two US Presidents--Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama--with the latter performance taking place at the White House’s historic inaugural Eid Celebration in 2016.

In February of 2020, released his anthemic single, “Brown Power” with a music video featured by NPR. The video included cameos from luminaries such as Reverend Jesse Jackson, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Dr. Cornel West, Hasan Minhaj, Nina Turner and many others. Zeshan has since released his critically acclaimed album, “Melismatic” in May of 2020 and appeared alongside his wife, Dr. Alexandra Roybal, on MSNBC Morning Joe to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on minorities and musicians. Zeshan B returned to CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert with an at-home performance of “Brown Power” featuring Gina Chavez.

In 2021, Zeshan teamed up with Colbert, Ben Stiller, Sara Bareilles, and others for a music video of Billy Joel’s classic anthem “New York State of Mind,” featured on CNN, CBS Sunday Morning, NY Times, Colbert Show and the NY Homecoming Concert.

This year, Zeshan will embark on artist residencies both at Lincoln Center and Doris Duke Shangri-La Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii. He now splits his time between Chicago and New York City (Harlem).