4.12.18 genebae

Jacob Banks’ songwriting—built on a foundation of soul, hip-hop and R&B—began attracting a following with the 2013 release of his EP The Monologue. A song from The Monologue, “Worthy,” earned Banks the distinction of first unsigned artist to be played on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.

Now the 26-year-old, who is from Birmingham by way of Nigeria, is preparing for the release of his debut album for Interscope. “Remember,” a collaboration with Swedish recording artist Seinabo Sey that was released last month, is a solid indication that on The Village, Banks may be taking a turn into gospel territory.

Next month, Dallasites will have a unique opportunity to hear Banks’ new material in full force. At Array on May 12, he will perform with the gospel choir from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Array is a one-night celebration of music, art and tech at The Bomb Factory that falls under the umbrella of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s three-week-long SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival. Like SOLUNA, Array is all about creating space for Dallas-based artists to collaborate with some of the world’s best and most current creative minds and produce something truly amazing together.

Gospel is a natural fit for Banks, who’s been lauded for his soul-searching lyrics, powerhouse vocals and intimate performances full of emotion. And there’s never been a better time to hear him, as Array may coincide with the release of his new album. No official release date has been announced yet for The Village, but Banks told GQ he finished it in early March.

And Banks won’t be the only rapidly rising star on the stage May 12. Booker T.’s choir has quite a reputation of its own, with social media views reaching into the millions. Have your phones charged and at the ready for the Instagrammable moment when they perform together live at Array. Buy tickets here.