Virtuoso vocalist Zeshan B is widely being recognized as one of the most unique singers to come out of Chicago. Blending the hard-driving rhythms and horn heavy sounds of 60s and 70s soul with the angsty scats and vocal stylings of early Indo-Pakistani film/folk music, he has created an entirely new genre that is his very own: Brown Skinned Soul.
His 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 Magazine, 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 PRI, American Songwriter, Chicago Tribune and the New York Times (WNYC) 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 Fest, Electric Forest Fest, House of Blues (Boston), Kennedy Center, 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.
Zeshan is trilingual (Urdu, Italian, English) and is currently at work to add Spanish, German and Punjabi to his linguistic palette.