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Soul comes in many shapes and sounds and comes at you from a hundred different angles and places.
Philadelphia’s got an overabundance of it.
Always had (thank you Gamble & Huff),
Always will.
Must be something in the water.

Mutlu Onaral must have drunk a whole lot of that water growing up. He may be more R & F (rhythm & folk) than R & Blue. You can even add the bounce of the Brazilian and the sway of the Jamaican in his tunes. But the 27 year old singer, instrumentalist and composer, known to everyone as Mutlu, has always sounded as if he’s been drunk on the Philly punch that makes the funk flow.

From the intimate high and passionate lows of his voice, to the friendly wordplay of the lyrics to melodies soaked in percussion, soaring string sounds and the flicker of the Fender Rhodes, it’s as if you’re hearing Stephen Stills having breakfast with Stevie Wonder, lunch with Steely Dan and dinner with Daryl Hall; yet all in a unique groovy setting courtesy of pop’s newest most iconic voice.

By the time Mutlu got into college, he started digging on A Tribe Called Quest and other hip-hop artists. At the same time, he began developing a songwriting style that benefited from those artists. But mostly - from the sway of his melodies to the effervescence of his lyrics - he began to craft songs based on his own sense of joy.

Positivism is the hallmark of his lyrical aplomb. Even when Mutlu’s portraying the saddest of sorrows, he’s always ripe with hope.

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  • olegalazz

    I'm from Russia, first heard him on my single cd called "4x4", released in 2008. Guess it's amazing and strange, but I have his autograph on this cd...

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • remcodv

    This guy is insane, in a very very good way. Saw him when he opened for Amos Lee in Amsterdam this week. Now I find myself addicted to the sweet sweet (caramel? =p) sounds of Mutlu.

    12 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Serpent_axed

    I heard of Mutlu on WXPN xpn.org. I have a friend who saw him at the Tin Angel in Philly

    11 Nov 2008 Reply
  • strangerina

    Saw this guy open up for Amos Lee this past weekend in Houston. I was pretty impressed (although it would have been nice if he'd gotten to play a bit longer). I bought his album, am looking forward to getting to know it better :)

    24 Sep 2008 Reply
  • dove95

    I heard of Mutlu b/c he opened up for Nadine Goellner's LIVE CD recording in NYC.

    2 Mar 2008 Reply
  • kayhan

    Mutlu was playing in Vienna? I'm sorry I missed it.

    20 Aug 2006 Reply
  • charisseisok

    I saw him play when he opened for Eric Hutchinson in Vienna, VA.

    7 Aug 2006 Reply
  • kayhan

    I'm interested to know how people first heard Mutlu. Though I have known Mutlu, I first heard him at Tin Angel.

    1 Jul 2006 Reply