Vocalist and composer Tariq Al-Sabir has been described as a "prolific composer" by the Peabody Magazine and the Baltimore Examiner dubbed him "a rising musical mastermind." He sings and writes many styles of music including gospel, classical, jazz, pop and musical theater.
Tariq began writing music/poetry and performing in 3rd grade. His first complete piece "Carry On" was premiered by the Peabody Conservatory's Junior Bach program in his 6th grade year. Junior Bach has since premiered six of his pieces. In 7th grade he joined the Booker T. Washington Boys Choir, (later Kids L.E.A.D), directed by Tony Small. His travels with this Award winning composer and musician have taken him all across the country to experience and teach music at a professional level. Thanks to this collaboration, Tariq was featured as one of the lead vocalists on the theme song for HBO's "The Wire" in 2006.
Tariq’s awards include the 2006 Centerstage Young Playwrights Award for his musical, “Another Man's Treasure", the 2008 NIYC Gospelfest Awards, the Baltimore Choral Arts 2009 Student Composer Project Award with his piece, "With Open Wings", the 2009 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, "Oh Say Can you Sing" competition and a 2011 National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts Young Arts Finalist in both Classical and Popular voice. He has been featured as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the D.C. Jazz Festival, Anacostia Jazz Festival, and Hilary Hahn's Tsunami Relief Concert. Tariq has shared the stage with artists such as Kishna Davis, the Bel Canto Singers, Dejuana Small, Rance Allen, Sandy Patti, Andy Williams, and Maurette Brown Clark.