Interview: The Stunning Voice of - V. Bozeman
If there's one artist to take notes off of it's definitely V. Bozeman. Her live performances are unlike anything we've ever experienced. This was confirmed when we heard her sing to perfection on Timothy Bloom's single "Till' The End of Time". We caught up with Timothy not too long ago. Now we focus out attention on the beautiful V. Bozeman.
We did some research on you and found out that you've significantly shortened your name down to one letter. From "Veronika" to a simple "V", and now it looks like you've changed it again to "That Girl V". Is this supposed to be symbolic in any way?
The reason I shortened my name is because people tend to call me V anyways. I find it to be endearing and personal. That's the way I want to be with my fans. It fits! It works out! That Girl V is a slogan for my social networking sites that my Management came up with. You can find me on twitter under @ThatGirl_V and FB Artist page under That Girl V as well as my website www.thatgirlV.com by the way. ;-) But don't get me wrong, I do LOVE my name Veronika!
We've watched you perform live at BET's Music Matters showcase. Where did you learn how to command the stage with that voice of yours?
I learned to command the stage by watching the greats that have come before me. Whitney, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Josephine, Tina Turner just to name a few. I think it's important for Artist to know their musical History it only helps you to be great!! Speaking of which...one of my early influences was my Music Teacher Ms. Iris Stevenson from my Crenshaw High school days. She taught me the meaning of what hard work and dedication is when you're trying to perfect a God given talent!
Can you remember the first time you were on stage?
Yes, I remember the first time I was on stage. I was about 8 years old. My Elementary school had a talent show and before I could belt out the first note....I started sobbing uncontrollably. *laughs* I was overwhelmed!! I was just too emotional! *laughs* But I did finish the song once I stopped crying!
Your fan-base is definitely growing! However it seems as if only a handful of people know about the opportunity you had to be featured on Usher's "Hot Tottie" track. How did that opportunity come about?
How I got featured on Usher's Hot Tottie was [kind of] weird. I was literally living in the studio at that time and Polow Da Don said..."This song is due tomorrow and I have to turn it in in a couple of hours" He looked at me and said " V....Can you sing this hook right quick?" I said "Ok...Cool" And that's that. Little did I know they were gonna keep it on there....but between you and me, I did pray to get on the song! *laughs*
Polow Da Don seems to know your potential as a talented artist. How did this musical relationship start off?
Me and Polow's relationship started off through the singer Lloyd. Lloyd asked me to vocal produce him on his song "Lay It Down", when Polow heard the song, he asked me to vocal produce Lloyd's album...ever since then, we developed a brother/sister relationship. Over time, Polow began to see the potential in me as an Artist. But I will say faith comes by hearing cuz he didn't always see it. -Had to throw that out there- ...Polow knows I love him and very thankful for all the doors he's opened on my behalf!
Besides working solely with Polow you've also worked with Lloyd, Timothy Bloom, Keri Hilson, El DeBarge, Patti LaBelle, and Rihanna! Each of these artists are at different stages in their career. What is your role when working with them?
In working with these artist I do vocals and have done a little writing as well. But, basically I have produced their Vocals. I Challenge them to dig a little deeper and step out of their comfort zone. In the end, they appreciate it! Every artist does! I myself appreciate working with a great vocal producer when I'm cutting records, because you get a chance to have a sense of freedom in the booth in trusting some one else's ears that knows the potential of your voice. I highly recommend it!
As a testament of your authenticity, Lexus and Microsoft/Bing featured your talent as part of their "Fresh Perspectives" Campaign. The campaigns focused on Escape, Challenge, and Empowerment. For Empowerment you wrote a song called "Don't Let Go". Take us through the creative steps of why you chose to create a song specifically for young girls?
Well, I wrote the song "Don't Let It Go" cuz I myself growing up in my adolescent years was faced with the pressures of making adult descisions way too early. I was blessed to have Strong Elders in my life to guide me...and to explain the importance of me keeping my "virtue" and also, I would see me peers going down the wrong road by growing up too fast....Not knowing the value of their worth. So, I was moved to write a song to empower the youth that might not have those positive influences that I had. If you guys haven't heard the song, you can check it out here. Timothy Bloom produced it and I wrote it...www.freshperspectives.msn.com...click the word empower.