Bhi Bhiman is an American singer/songwriter. His musical style has drawn a diverse range of comparisons from Rodriguez and Woody Guthrie to Nina Simone and Bill Withers. Bhiman credits his upbringing – the son of Sri Lankan immigrants, growing up in suburban St. Louis – as playing an important role in his songwriting. An accomplished guitarist and clever lyricist, it is Bhiman’s unique voice that truly sets him apart. The Washington Post’s Bill Friskics-Warren has said, “what strikes you first about Bhi Bhiman’s music is his voice — a keening, gender-neutral yawp that’s as earthy as it is ethereal, as puckish as it is wise."
His debut album, BHIMAN, was released independently to critical acclaim, culminating with a performance on the BBC’s Later…with Jools Holland. There he met Soundgarden frontman (and early musical hero) Chris Cornell. Impressed with Bhiman’s performance, Cornell asked him to join his sold out North American tour. Critics and fans praised both his opening set and his feature on songs like Hungerstrike – which they performed together each night.
Other highlights have included a lauded performance at Carnegie Hall in tribute to Prince which Rolling Stone called the most memorable performance of the night, noting “his vocals off a haunted air that left the crowd speechless”. Bhi also enjoyed co-writing with other artists including like Stax staple William Bell and The Coup’s Boots Riley.
Bhiman's new LP, Rhythm & Reason was produced by Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter). The 10 song album reveals more of his soul and R&B influences yet maintains the singer/songwriter tradition for which Bhiman is known.