Key Conversation - a killer cut from Vince Chapman off his Self-Portrait CD which I heard for the first time last week on Mick O'Donnell's Soul Discovery Show.
His MySpace blurb describes his music as follows:
With a style resting comfortably somewhere between soul and contemporary jazz, with a sprinkle of the Blues, Vince has been blessed to share his talents throughout the US and the Caribbean. His rich baritone voice has been heard from DC's Takoma Station to the Reichhold Center for the Arts in the US Virgin Islands. Vince currently works in, what he calls a “music collective” featuring some of this areas most talented musicians like Adrian Norton, Greg Byrd, and Jonathan Davis.
His second CD entitled "Back 2 Love" was the first project produced by Chapmuzic Productions (CMP). He CMP his production company/recording studio in 1998 to expand his production interests and to help other aspiring artists fulfill their dreams.
You can get Self-Portrait from CD Baby:
For this smooth baritone from the Midwest, the third time is a charm. And this time, it’s Personal! Self Portrait is the third solo project from the Chicago born singer/songwriter that now makes his home in the Washington DC area. With a vocal style often compared to R&B/Jazz crooner Will Downing and the Legendary Luther Vandross, you will no doubt enjoy the musical tapestry Vince paints with his voice and words on Self Portrait.
Can’t miss tracks on Vince’s latest offering include the mid tempo groove “Chapter III”, the mellow ode to communications titled “Key Conversations” and the funky anthem about a fathers love for his daughters, “Daddy’s Girls.” There are two very special songs on this project. On “Why Did the Music Have to End?”, and “Remind Me of You”, Vince sings about two important influences in his life…one musical and the other personal. The first is about the loss of one of music’s greatest voices, Luther Vandross. The track, reminiscent of Luther’s style, features Gospel/Jazz Saxophonist Rob Maletick. The lyrics of the hook summarize the songs sentiment,”Why did the music have to end and why did you have to go? You were just like my closest friend and I wanted you to know, that your music still covers my life like the fresh drops of morning dew. I still miss ya, though your song lingers on, I still have to ask why?!
Remind me of You is about a loss of another type, the loss of ones memory. Specifically, the loss of Vince’s mothers memory to the disease Alzheimers. The Chapman Family has been battling the ravages of the disease over the past 10 years. Vince hopes that he can use this very personal song to bring greater awareness about the effects of Alzheimers on the sufferers of the disease and their families and encourage continued support and funding for research for a cure. Self Portrait is an open window to the life and thoughts of Mrs. Chapman’s baby boy, but it is also a mirror that will cause you to reflect on the images of your life. Get your copy today!