January 8, 2013


Solange Announces New Tour with "Special Guests," But Who Could They Be?

Jason Merritt
Jason Merritt

Solange announced a February tour today to support her just-released new EP True. A simple graphic on her blog announced that "Solange Plus Special Guests" would be performing seven shows throughout the U.S. and Canada with tickets on sale Friday (Jan. 11). As happy as we are to see Solange out performing again, the "special guests" bit is particularly intriguing given her discography.

Our best bet would be her EP’s producer Dev Hynes (a.k.a. Blood Orange), who wrote with Solange on its first single "Losing You;" one of our favorite tracks of 2012. The duo came together for a fun performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon recently complete with an in-synch two-step. They also joined Theophilus London on the track "Flying Overseas" along with several showcase performances.

Solange further cemented a place in the indie world collaborating with the genre’s darlings Of Montreal, guesting on "Sex Karma" and covering Michael Jackson in concert. She joined forces with Grizzly Bear and Twin Shadow on charity single “Kenya” (above) for the Coca Cola Foundation's Replenish Africa Initiative. Chromeo also recruited her for a single in 2010, "When the Night Falls." All of whom have light touring schedules in 2013 so far.

Solange’s sophomore disc Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams boasted high-profile collaborations in Lil Wanye (on bonus cut "ChampagneChroniKnightcap") and Bilal ("Cosmic Journey") should she perform her past material to satisfy fans of the 2008 release. Some may be surprised to know Solange has performed with blues legend B.B. King, who the songstress joined for a soulful performance of "The Thrill is Gone."

Yet in the end, we can’t ignore the fact she is Beyonce’s little sister. (Who could forget their classic theme song to the Disney Channel’s Proud Family with the Destiny’s Child gals?) While we highly doubt we’ll see the Knowles sisters harmonizing on stage together, Solange has written tracks for her sister (such as "Why Don’t You Love Me?") and former Destiny’s Child bandmembers (like Kelly Rowland’s "Simply Deep" and Michelle William’s "We Break The Dawn") showing there’s definitely nothing holding them against collaborating again. It just hasn't happened—yet!