In the years since Aloe Blaccs last album, Lift Your Spirit, the global superstar spent time working on an even dearer project: his family. All Love Everything, his latest album, is the singer-songwriters first collection of material written as a father, a journey thats expanded Blaccs already heartfelt artistic palette. Becoming a father made me want to share those experiences in music, he says, admitting its a challenge to translate such a powerful thing into lyrics and melody. But the listeners who have followed Blacc over the course of his career know that his facility with language and sound is deep -- if anyone was up to the task, its him.
Raised by Panamanian immigrants in Southern California, Blacc grew up around the sounds of salsa, merengue, and cumbia. He initially developed his own taste by throwing himself into hip-hop before trying out his soulful voice to other ends. Across three albums, his sound evolved and grew, finding a pocket that reflects the long and beautiful history of American soul with timeless, descriptive songwriting that speaks to the broad range of human experience, from platonic love to love for humanity, from politics to aspiration. Versatile and compassionate, his songwriting is classic in a way that makes categorization irrelevant; indeed, Blaccs lyrics have been paired with dance music and country - always to stirring effect.
Aloe Blacc isnt defined by genre. All Love Everything is a generous addition to the A.I.M. catalog. It fulfills Blaccs ambition to express the richness of familial love on songs like Glory Days and Family, while also making room for anthems about perseverance and support like My Way and Corner. Working with producers Jonas Jeberg, Jugglerz, Jon Levine, and Matt Prime, Blacc has crafted his most open-hearted album to date. Generous and warm, All Love Everything draws on soul, folk, and contemporary pop, reminding listeners that theres no pigeonholing the human experience.