...is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, playwright, and educator. Khalil is inspired by the expressive freedom and creativity that came out of the Harlem Renaissance, particularly multi-genre artists such as Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, as well as the blues and folk traditions of the African-American working class. His vocal and song-writing influences include Tracy Chapman, Michael Jackson, and Bobby Mcferrin’s improvisational work with the voice orchestra. Khalil graduated with honors and awards from Princeton University in 2004. Besides working as a professional musician and composer, Khalil is a PhD candidate in English at University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently finishing a dissertation on the problems of authenticity in contemporary queer music performance in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has taught university level songwriting workshops and courses on American popular song and cultural studies in the 20th century.