The antidote to Rhythm & Bullshit
To some people, mainstream R&B as we know it might as well be called Rhythm & Bullshit. Radio & major label consolidation has pushed to the forefront a devolved version of a genre that spawned Marvin, Aretha & Stevie. The genre as we know it has acquiesced to a familiar hit formula and given up it’s power to touch the soul of a person through honesty, positivity & creativity. On the fringes of mainstream R&B exists one man named “V” driven to change this through his music.
V’s debut “The Revelation Is Now Televised” (T.R.I.N.T.) has the makings of a future classic from the inspiring “Would You Be Mine”, & “Confess” that deal with courtships to the spine tingling “Born Again,” featuring his close associate Jill Scott. Not a stranger to dance music through his past work with Masters At Work, V steps it up a notch and takes it to the dance floor on “Anotha Phase” touching on meaningless encounters. V’s diversity as a writer shines through on the album with a healthy balance of songs that not only deal with relationships & heartbreak. On “Who would I Be” and “Picture This” we find V painting a picture of a better world aided by the opportunity to make a difference. T.R.I.N.T. is a testament to the soul that modern R&B has lost.
A Touch of Jazz
Bringing the soul back through A Touch of Jazz, The T.R.I.N.T. album was created at Jazzy Jeff’s legendary Philadelphia studio, that has been responsible for developing world-class talent. There V not only worked on his debut but he also built an impressive resume highlighted by both production and writing on Musiq Soulchild’s “Juslisen”, Will Smith’s “Big Willie Style,” and co-writing a song for Justin Timberlake’s mega-selling “Justified” album. V’s style is the blueprint of the Philly sound, he’s been there in the background, writing for quite a while, he’s also had a strong influence on the likes of Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, and Billal all of whom have collaborated with him. In fact right now, he’s touring with Jill. Having accomplished a tremendous amount for others at A Touch of Jazz, V decided it was finally time to launch his own journey as an artist by recording “The Revelation is Now Televised.” It’s been a long time coming. Those in the inner circle of the soul scene have known about V for eons, mainly through word of mouth, his songwriting or his live appearances. Now with his stunning debut album the rest of the world can discover this amazing new talent.
A Star is Born
Born Valvin Roane II, V was nicknamed at an early age by his father. Raised in South Jersey, V’s parents were dedicated members of their local church’s gospel choir. While attending Drexel University, V began singing in the school gospel choir and frequently sang the national anthem at Drexel home games. It was at Drexel that V met renowned producer, James Poyser (Common / Jill Scott / Vivian Green) who would eventually play keyboards for V when he started to perform locally. After some time V found his way to singing back-up vocals on Christopher Williams’ first album under the direction of producer Nick Martinelli at the famous Sigma Sound Studios. His undeniable talent, led him to soon after release his first single, “It’s Raining” through Up & Up Productions. The song received significant airplay on Philadelphia radio station Power 99 and reached #1 on its “9 at 9” countdown. It was this experience that lead V to A Touch of Jazz, where his talents were further developed with the assistance of Grammy Award winning producer Jazzy Jeff and the special album you now hold in your hands was created.