Multi-award winning singer-songwriter, Vivian Green recently released her seventh studio album ‘Love Absolute.’
The 13-song album features guest appearances from Ghostface Killah, internationally renown saxophonist Mike Philips, and family members, including her sister and son Jordan.
I felt liberated to explore what was in my head without a spotlight, judgment or criticism, while recording ‘Love Absolute’,” Green says. “I began writing songs at the piano when I was just 11 years old. For me, it is the purest expression of songwriting. My voice and the keys serve as vessels of the music in my head. In my solitude and away from the studio. While that surely comes later, I prefer the raw expression to come first, because there is certainly magic there. That magic is what makes ‘Love Absolute’ different from my previous albums.
Every ballad and mid-tempo began at the piano. I went back to the genesis and purity of my craft. While there are tracks on previous albums that came about this way, I never intentionally and insistently made half of an album from scratch.
Having listened to ‘Love Absolute’ many times, the artist must say that “it’s wonderfully versatile and beautifully cohesive. It’s gentle, tough, regretful, sexy, honest, loving and gives fans a look into my life. It also conveys self-love; love of my people; love of jazz; love of my privacy; and love of love. I haven’t made an album this honest in some years.”
“Kwame was the perfect producer to make this album with, because it’s NOT his preference to write this way. He is one of the most talented persons I’ve ever met, and when he is out of his comfort zone; his versatility and genius just soar. The up-tempos and harder tracks are certainly his expression and the softer tracks are mine. We truly balance each other creatively.”
A few of Green’s favorite tracks on the album notably include ‘That Kinda Pain,’ which she says is “raw, dark and goes pretty hard.”
“‘Where You Are’ is probably the most soulful track on the album,” she confides. “It expresses how much I love being with my love.”
“Lastly, “Harlem Blues”, featuring saxophonist Mike Phillips, is a song I’ve loved for many years,” she says. “As a teenager, I used to sing it in talent shows or anytime I was prompted to sing. I’m so excited for people to hear this interpretation and Mike Phillips’ performance is just brilliant.”
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