Artist’s Spotlight: Brent Faiyaz

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Christopher Brent Wood, also known as Brent Faiyaz, is a Maryland singer. Faiyaz’s musical career began in 2014 with him uploading a song to the streaming website, SoundCloud. On January 19, 2015, the 25-year-old released a debut single entitled “Allure”. The next year he released another single named “Invite Me”, which served as the lead single from his upcoming debut EP. On September 19, 2016, his 21st birthday, the EP entitled ‘A.M. Paradox’ was released.

In October 2016, Faiyaz formed a group named Sonder with record producers Dpat and Atu, releasing their debut single “Too Fast” on October 25. On December 16, 2016, Faiyaz was featured alongside rapper Shy Glizzy on the single “Crew” by rapper GoldLink.

Fast forward to January 26, 2017, Sonder released their debut EP, ‘Into’, for which Duplion named them their “Artist of the Month” for January 2017. The EP was also ranked 23rd by Complex on its list of “The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)” on June 6, 2017. On June 21, 2017, Faiyaz was featured in the remix for GoldLink’s “Crew”, which also featured Shy Glizzy and included rapper Gucci Mane.

Faiyaz continued his rise to recognition on March 8, 2019 when he was featured on the song “Demonz (Interlude)” from Juice Wrld’s second studio album “Death Race for Love”. Faiyaz released his second studio album, “F*** the World”, on February 7, 2020. It peaked at number 20 on the US Billboard 200.

Laura Reed is a Senior Mass Communications major from Sardis, Mississippi. She will be a contributor for The Campus Chronicle for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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