There's one thing to read about or watch videos of how an artist develops, but it's another thing to actually witness an artist come into their own. I remember the first time I ever saw Bilal perform--way back in the early 00's at the Black Lily showcase in Philly. I remember being entranced and startled, but not in a scary way but in an OH OH...Oooh, I'm excited kind of way.
Even way back then Bilal had his own distinctive way about him --now lets fast forward to the present, he's not a seasoned pro, focused, driven and still sounds divine. Plus, he's the only male singer I want to EVER cover a Prince song......EVER!
I caught some of Bilal's show when he came to Washington DC at The Howard Theatre, here are a few shots from the show and I'm sure if you do a search you'll find video of him performing Prince's "The Beautiful Ones."