I want to introduce to you, VH or Kevin Lavender to those who know him outside of music world. VH jump started Soul Artistry’s music series with what we all strive for in this era; good vibes only. VH, which stands for “Victory and Honor”, is a Kalamazoo, MI native who has been working with music since the tender age of 9-years-old. Professionally being in this industry for about 20 years. In addition to his career he is also CEO of Truth Tone Records; an independent label in which his sister and cousin are signed to
VH is a spoken word/rap artist. Performing five pieces and each of them had a heavy feeling about them. People go back and forth about what makes good music; is it stuff that people can relate to or is it stuff people can turn up to? I for one love the balance of both. I believe that VH is an artist that allows you to ride the wave of the vibe and gives you something to think about. Two of his pieces definitely resonated with me. They are both unfinished but the proclaimed titles are Daughters and Brothers. In partnership with part of the band, The Groove, VH was able to really bring his performance into fruition.
Daughters is an ode to his daughters; who were there and he so beautifully refers to them as Queens. The piece and what it represents was so powerful because it’s still rare for media and the world to realize that black men are great fathers and love their children. It was an interactive piece as well because he asked us to write down things our fathers taught us. This is what he used to drive the piece home.
Brothers was about the way young black men are depicted and represented in the communities we grow up in. Pride, respect and recognition influence the behavior of a lot of young black men and it’s a dark reality that too many of us ignore or normalize. VH’s delivery with such personal pieces such as this, is what a lot of artist lack. They perform songs they don’t feel or believe in and for some; we can sense that and want no parts.
It’s refreshing to hear such grounded artists perform for different audiences and on different platforms. Working in this industry at any stage is complex. Trying to figure out where to perform, how to reach your audience and what timeline you should be working on. VH gives off the vibe and presents it in his work that regardless at your stage in this industry, music and your message should be the main focus.
To see VH’s full performance, click the link below. Also he is working on a new project that will be released sometime this year. You can keep up with VH on Twitter and Instagram @mrtruthtone.
Be sure to stay tune for the next part of Soul Artistry’s Music Series.
Full Performance: http://www.4tcfilms.com/portfolio/samss/