Energetic R&B singer/songwriter V.V. Brown visited The Recording Academy headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., on July 29 for a performance and an installment of 5 Questions With…, a new Academy series designed to engage recording artists and professionals on a variety of topics.
Through five simple questions, Brown provided a glimpse into who she is as a person and artist. With influences ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to the Sex Pistols (with the obvious bridge of Grace Jones in between), Brown describes herself as a creative person, which she means literally. In addition to writing and performing her own work, she has also produced a comic book and is currently working on a novel.
Born Vanessa Brown in England, she began her career co-writing the Pussycat Dolls' "I Don't Need A Man" for their 2005 PCD album. Her debut single "Whipped" appeared on the soundtrack for the NBC TV series "Las Vegas," billed as Vanessa Brown. As a solo artist, she emerged as V.V. Brown, a genre-bending R&B singer with roll-up bangs and a novel approach to music that puts her in a similar camp to another noteworthy new star, Janelle Monáe. Her debut album, Travelling Like The Light, is an adventurous hybrid of soul, rock and pop ripe with fresh sounds and attitude.
Asked about her biggest career moment to date, Brown said, "Today…to be sitting here at The Recording Academy itself for me is a massive big dream." Oh, and hanging out with the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, of course.