Aloe Blacc

To American audiences, Aloe Blacc‘s story may seem like an overnight success.

It’s undeniable, and somewhat fitting, that his career got a big boost after writing and performing vocals last year for Avicii’s smash hit “Wake Me Up,” but Blacc’s been performing for years overseas and is ready to awaken new fans to his own brand of uplifting, socially conscious soul and R&B music.

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So far, the message has been well received. His latest release, Lift Your Spirit, debuted in the U.S. at No. 4 on the Nielsen SoundScan charts in March, and Blacc scored his first No. 1 single in the U.K. at press time with “The Man.”

WME’s Brian Edelman and Rob Markus, two of four agents coordinating the artist’s touring plans, explained they were impressed by Blacc’s songwriting, live performance and versatility as an artist when the agency signed him in 2010.

Tours of Europe, the U.K., Australia and North America followed and helped establish Blacc with audiences worldwide.

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“He’s a very smart guy and understands that being a global artist is important today, which he’s proven by the amount of time he’s invested in Europe, Australia, and obviously his touring in America,” Marcus said.

Edelman added that as Blacc’s visibility as a performer increases, he’s afforded more opportunities to show his philanthropic side and give back, which is important to the singer

“He’s a great songwriter, a great singer and a great live performer,” Edelman said. “For us all those things add up to what will be a very long and successful career.”

Blacc is making a big push in the U.S. this summer with appearances at Coachella, a support slot on Bruno Mars’ tour and a number of one-off shows before heading overseas for festivals in the U.K. and Australia. Plans for a fall headlining tour of North America are in the works.