Straight outta occupied O'odham jewed in southern Arizona, Shining Soul is a grassroots duo based in Phoenix. Shining Soul's unique vintage means of beat production, and down to earth, empowering rhyme delivery is reminiscent of Hip-Hop's early days, when beats and rhymes took priority. Using Hip-Hop as a tool to get their voices out, Shining Soul pushes the margins by discussion issues that affect the communities they each originate from, while sharing and maintaining the essence of Hip-Hop culture that empowered them to take up arms via beats and rhymes.
Shining Soul is a two-member crew, Liaizon and Bronze Candidate. Liaizon, who is from Central Phoenix and the Tohono O'odham Nation, got his start freestyle battling emcees in high school, which set the stage for his future emceeing endeavors. Bronze Candidate, born and raised in South Phoenix, got his start playing bass and guitar in a Hip-Hop band, and then applied his musical overstanding towards Hip-Hop production and then rhyming. Their mutual love of Hip-Hop music, and years spent emceeing and producing spawned their initial EP “Minimal Means, A Whole Lot”, released in the mid-2000's. Since then, Shining Soul's extensive performances and developing material has gained them attention from Hip-Hop admirers and the Human Rights Community alike.
In 2007, Shining Soul first introduced their skill-share Beat Making Workshop. In their workshops, Liazion and Bronze Candidate have been spreading their flavor of Hip-Hop while empowering their fans to take action in their own communities. Their workshops have been held in public libraries, recreation centers, and community events throughout the Phoenix area. In the past year, they have expanded their outreach throughout Arizona, traveling to Flagstaff , Tucson and the Tohono O'odham Nation. Shining Soul views their workshops as critical in empowering the next generation of Hip-Hop heads to pass on the essences which sparked their beginnings, while showing that Hip-Hop can be a form of resistance against the constant attacks our communities face, and can also be a vehicle to promote the beauty in life.
Shining Soul's latest project, “WE GOT THIS” is soon to be released and is the culmination of their skills, travels, lessons learned, connections made and prayers experienced in the years leading up to this album. WE GOT THIS promises to be their best musical effort yet. So stay tuned, and keep your ears low to the ground in the weeks to come.
Shining Soul's debut album promises to live up to its title...
WE GOT THIS!