Vivian Sessoms - LIFE Record Release (New York)
Friday 05 October 7.00pm
Straight off her new signing with US Jazz label Ropeadope Records (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note)
, Vivian returns to the Ellington
with an outstanding set of new music from her latest offering – LIFE.
Accomplished singer and Harlem native Vivian Sessoms, having amassed credits as a backing vocalist for Chaka Khan, Rob Thomas, Donna Summer, Cher, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Pink, Patti Austin, and a host of others, has proven herself a fiery and forward-thinking artist in her own right. On her forthcoming release LIFE (Ropeadope Nov 2018), in collaboration with producer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Parks, Sessoms has displays an adventurous arranging sensibility and a refreshing disregard for genre boundaries. Her expressive, sophisticated sound draws on jazz, R&B and pop in fresh and moving ways, whether she’s presenting her own material, reinterpreting “Strange Fruit” for our own troubled times, or reshaping classic pop, jazz & soul hits with a view toward transformation and constant surprise.
Through it all, Sessoms soars in a voice that is full and robust, unerring in pitch, and utterly at home in a wide variety of feels and settings. Her singing has met with praise in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Ebony and other publications.
After several sold out shows throughout Australia & NZ, Ms. Sessoms returns to
share her latest offering LIFE.
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE – Gail Mitchell
“On this album, Sessoms’ clear, exquisite voice (which has backed Patti Austin, P-Diddy and Rob Thomas) shimmers against a percolating R&B/jazz backdrop”.
URBAN NETWORK – A Scott Galloway
“Finally bowing as artists in their own right, the team took their sweet time to craft a profoundly impressive debut, crafting a project so polished yet effortless sounding, it’s as if it bonds to your DNA and defies you to stop playing it. As addictive as Pinkberry, Sunny One Day is a fortified confection of spell-casting tracks and layered vocals laced through universally relatable musings and snapshots of love and life.”
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