Rising star Aloe Blacc supports Bruno Mars on tour

The Fresno BeeMay 21, 2014 

Aloe Blacc opens for Bruno Mars on the "Moonshine Jungle" tour.


Remember the name Aloe Blacc.

The 35-year-old singer is on the road supporting Bruno Mars on his "Moonshine Jungle" tour and has the makings of a star in his own right.

Blacc is already tied to a mega-hit — 2013's "Wake Me Up," which he co-wrote and sang with Swedish DJ Avicii. The song was a No. 1 hit in 102 countries.

"Lift Your Spirit," Blacc's third solo album (his first on a major label) was released in March and hit No. 4 on Billboards top 200 chart. His song "The World is Ours," will be featured on the "One Love, One Rhythm," compilation, which will be released for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Blacc grew up listening to hip-hop acts like Public Enemy, The Pharcyde and De La Soul. His first group — a duo called Emanon — had a cult following in Los Angeles' hip-hop scene.

But Blacc also has deep admiration for soul and folk music — artists like Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor — and his solo music tends to bend genres.

His debut album got attention on the independent music site Pitchfork and on NPR, and the alternative site Absolute Punk.

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