Vivian Sessoms – Life
Hailed by Rolling Stone and Billboard as an “exquisite” singer, Ms. Sessoms’ expressive, sophisticated sound draws on jazz, R&B and pop in fresh and moving ways.
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 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 by Billie Holiday 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.
Featuring Chris Parks on bass & Brenton Foster on Piano.
“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.” – Billboard Magazine
“…what an amazing voice she possesses. She has a verywide range and remarkable control, from breathy whispers to a powerful roar. Every number is transformed intosomething new and very personal, from the standard to the popular music of the day, she injects new life, emotional value and excitement.” – Broadway World
Recommended for ages 16+.