Written By Tamiko Hope
Burroughs T (Christmas 1986)
Carl "Sonny Soul" Burroughs (Christmas 1986)
Born with the gift of music in his DNA, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Burroughs T artfully curates sounds that feel more like an art object than a record. His music creates a mood that incorporates both cosmic concoction and soulful harmonies reminiscent of the 70s artists and bands he grew up listening to. There are nods to Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations and the O’ Jays, as well as 80s funk (Cameo) and pop (Michael Jackson), that reflect his spiritual and soulful sensibilities.
Burroughs T, whose moniker derives from his last name and first initial, was birthed and raised in Augusta, Georgia, the notable birthplace of James Brown. Coincidentally, the elder Burroughs was the operations manager and a radio personality for WRDW, a station owned by the Godfather of Soul. A young Burroughs T was constantly surrounded by the business of music growing up. His dad co-founded the radio station, WKIM in Augusta, as well as DJ’ed at local events and hosted his on TV show where he interviewed prominent local entrepreneurs. In 1994 when Burroughs T was 9, the elder Burroughs passed away leaving his son a rich legacy that continues to deepen with time.
Burroughs T was 2 years old when he began his important career journey, receiving a red keyboard for Christmas that played various holiday tunes and nursery rhymes. By the time the youngster reached middle school, he had developed a healthy obsession with music. He discovered producer Timbaland and his hit song “Are You That Somebody,” which became his sole source of inspiration. As a result, he began building a small home studio in order to make beats. His parent’s house soon became the go-to hub for aspiring creatives. In addition to composing records, Burroughs T was also singing in the church choir and was a member of his school’s chorus. In the 6th grade, he joined the band playing the alto saxophone and did so until he graduated. Burroughs T was eventually recruited to play sax at his church after an impromptu performance during a Black History Month program. The house of worship is where he was anointed with the soul, as well as the improvisational skills to play by listening and feeling. Those experiences led him to master the keys, a talent that turned into a side gig, performing at weddings and special events. The producer-singer-lyricist was part of a music group in high school called Future, releasing a 22-song project that sold over 150 CDs.
Burroughs T attended Augusta State University and got hired at the local station FOXIE 103 where he met a rising DJ and producer named DJ Spinz. While the two friends would reconnect later in their careers, Burroughs T went on to do on-air broadcasting, as well as work at WPRW in Augusta. Prior to graduating college, packing up his studio and moving to Atlanta, the ambitious hustler became a father. He took odd jobs to make ends meet and networked during his downtime. The persistence paid off in the form of engineering classic mixtapes for DJ Scream, in addition to the popular Southern Swagger and Space Invaders series. At this time, Burroughs T took on the role of manager to Grand Hustle artist Baby Boy, even producing the track “Stuntin’” that featured Yung LA. While that relationship dissolved amicably, the go-getter worked with NBA baller-turned-artist Amar’e Stoudemire and also did freelance production for numerous independent artists. In 2012, Burroughs T experienced one financial disaster after another, causing him to abandon his musical aspirations and settle into a corporate job. Being that pain often breeds passion and stimulates great art, the talented musician returned to the game by interning at Twelve Music. He quickly moved up the ranks to studio manager followed by chief engineer and ultimately earned the title of audio engineer at Atlantic Records. With a new mindset and position, Burroughs T worked with Polow Da Don, Kap G, OT Genasis, Young Thug and K. Michelle, to name a few.
The adrenaline of composing albums reignited the artist inside of Burroughs T. After several studio run-ins with DJ Spinz, the pair reconnected on the visionary tip and began to collectively collaborate. Burroughs T would disclose his songwriting ideas and the producer shared beats he’d been holding for a special project. During their creative sessions, the forward-thinking duo penned songs together and quickly discovered forming a group was only logical decision. With Burroughs T and DJ Spinz equally contributing to the writing, singing and production process, The Love was born by both artists boldly being themselves.
The Love’s debut project is a backdrop to their lives; a seamless smorgasbord of nostalgic tracks well suited for any occasion where maintaining the right vibe is of upmost importance. By meshing graceful harmonies with amped-up instrumentation, their conceptual sound pushes stylistic boundaries and makes listeners think of love, fun, freedom and life. They possess the innovative magic to soulfully ebb and flow while skillfully executing a perfect illuminating experience. With improvisation being at the core of their approach, The Love will take fans on soundscape journeys to a point of no return.
My Brother, Carl "DJ C-Blendz" Burroughs (iheart radio)