Wednesday, October 17, 2012
(New York, NY - May 1, 2009)
R&B vocalist, Valvin "V" Roane II returns with It Is Finished: The Paradox Vol I, the follow up album that many have anxiously awaited.
A few years back, an album entitled The Revelation Is Now Televised quietly made waves in and around key independent soul music circles. The internet buzzed about this album that consisted of conscious lyrics, booming bass lines, romantic ballads and soulful melodies. However, little was known about the man behind this rousing collection of songs whose musical career has garnered work with the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Justin Timberlake and Musiq Soulchild to name a few. Valvin Roane II aka "V" hailing from the state of New Jersey, with seemingly no publicity for his debut album, had begun to awaken the musical senses in many who were eager for aural stimulation.
Touring extensively with Jill Scott as a backing vocalist for several years, V somehow managed to find the time to work on a follow up album. On March 17, 2009 music lovers around the globe were elated to learn that the long awaited project, It Is Finished: The Paradox Vol I became available for consumption via digital download.
This treasure chest is filled with nineteen self-produced gems, laden with songs ranging from easy going club bangers to those focusing on more serious issues involving relationships, as well as the socially conscious and spiritually driven that provide a well-rounded picture of V, the artist.
The first single to be released from the new album, Rules Of The Game glides in over a sleek beat that draws you in and coats you with the truth serum needed when faced with life's most hardcore lessons. On The After Party, V sings of what may occur when the show is over, the night is quiet and there is an unexpected knock at the door with a salacious invitation to an all-out rendezvous.
The song has an infectious melody that is guaranteed to light up dance floors around the world. In a plea for world peace, love and unity as Marvin Gaye once attempted, What's Still Going On speaks to the ills in our society today related to issues such as poverty, unemployment, war and distress. It Is Finished: The Paradox Vol I is V's effort to distill his personal experiences in life into melody and words as he makes a universal impact.
For digital purchases and more information go to: www.VRoane.com
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
V Is for Vibin'
A South Jersey native fashions himself as a new kind of R&B singer.
By Craig D. Lindsey
Posted Oct. 19, 2005
This V cat must think he's slick. The cover for his debut album The Revelation Is Now Televised is a complete recreation of the original cover of Gil Scott-Heron's classic 1974 album The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, right down to V himself laying back on a chair, both hands placed on the back of his head and a deep-in-thought expression on his face. This should give you an idea of what to expect when you listen to his album, set to drop Oct. 25 on BBE Records.
The thirtysomething Paulsboro, N.J., native (born Valvin Roane II) spends most of his debut not only evoking the retro soul of his Me Decade idols, but creating the most stunning R&B tracks you're likely to hear all year. Whether he's pepping up the party with the soul-house opener "Confess," singing for a lovely's affections on the slow jam "Hey Pretty Baby" or putting his own spin on the future in the optimistic "Picture This"-perhaps one of the few secular songs to ever use a piece of the Lord's prayer as a chorus hook-V goes about conceiving a debut that's surprising as it satisfying.
With tracks produced by such luminaries as Pete Kuzma, Kev Brown and co-executive producer DJ Jazzy Jeff, Revelation will hopefully be the album that'll escalate V from songwriter/session player status (he's worked on albums by Will Smith, Musiq and Justin Timberlake) to full-on soul man. V took time out to talk about his inspirations, his intentions for the album and his dream for heaven on earth.
I've listened to your album more than once, and I think it's the hot shit. I hope BBE will be doing everything to get it in people's hands.
"I know they're doing what they're usually doing, which is promoting it. I know they have it on their website. I know they have an EP [T.R.I.N.T.: The EP]. They're giving it to the DJs. And then they have a plan, along with my management, as far as shows and things of that nature, to get exposure."
How big a role did DJ Jazzy Jeff have in this?
"He executive produced the album, along with me and my manager. He physically produced a couple of tracks, like 'Would You Be Mine' and 'Anotha Phase.' He produced the song on the EP called 'Confusion.' But he pretty much oversaw all the songs and executive produced the project along with me. We have a bunch of producers who actually did the songs on the record, about six or seven producers, along with a couple of different writers, who helped put together the songs. And each song is different. It came to be a good collection of songs. I've done songs with a bunch of different cats out of Philly, out of New York and whatever. But this is a collection that everybody was feeling. So I'm glad to know that people are really appreciating it."
The press release for your album has a headline that reads: "The Antidote to Rhythm and Bullshit." Is that what you were going for when you made the album-creating an alternative to commercialized R&B?
"You know, I'd just say that I'm a product of the music from, say, the '60s and the '70s. I grew up on a lot of that '70s music, and I didn't really go in with a thought of trying to change a genre or doing anything like that, as much as I was just trying to do good music. That's what comes out when I try to do good music, and people are labeling it what they're labeling it. Like 'rhythm and bullshit'-that was somebody's feeling about that record. But I have a host of songs that I've been doing over the years that are along those same vibes. It's real. The musicianship is real. The arrangements are real. I just try to keep it like that. I mean, I don't really put down anybody else's genre of music, because I like almost every genre of music. But I do my own thing, and I try to do it from the heart. And that's what comes out."
So that whole "rhythm and bullshit" was the work of a very ballsy press agent?
[Laughs] "Exactly. That's not my statement. That's somebody else's statement. But I'm flattered. You know, for a while, R&B was kinda getting keyboardish and people were going away from live instrumentation, and they started to get away from real topics. So I stay on real, personal topics. If it's not my personal experience, it'll be a personal experience of someone I know. That's why the title is The Revelation, because that's the reality coming through the music."
I let a religion-reporter friend listen to "Picture This," and she said she never heard a gospel hymn quite like it. Is that what it is?
"Let's just define gospel. The word 'gospel' is 'good news.' I don't think it really relates to one or another religion. I came up in a religious background, believing in God and that nature. It's kind of on the faith that if you know Scripture, at some point in time we believe there's gonna be a time of heaven on earth, where we don't see all the tragedies and everything that we see going on in the world. We believe that's coming. So this is kind of like me at a point in time with my religious experience or interracial experience, when this day comes, what's it gonna look like? What's it gonna seem like? And we need to keep our faith in that if we wanna get through these times, like what we see in New Orleans. It's hard when you see tragedy in front of your face. So that's the angle that I was coming from at that time."
She also said it reminded her of John Lennon's "Imagine." Do you agree with that?
"I'd agree John Lennon embarked on a concept, which is to imagine a better place, a better world, a better situation for yourself, for your family, for your community, for your nation, for the world. And once we all realize that's the key, to picture a new situation, and that's actually the drive or the inspiration that actually makes it happen, then we'll start seeing that brighter day."
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