’s “New and Next” column spotlights the brightest new talents we think you should know. This week we meet R&B singer Shaliek, who’s debut single “The Past” is already heating up the charts. His album Blood, Sweat and Tears, is out in September.

“I’m soul music, passion, great melody, great lyrics,” Shaliek tells ESSENCE. He describes his current single “The Past” as a song about “learning to let go, learning to forgive, learning to love and move on.”

Watch Shaliek perform “The Past” and let us know what you think.