New Music Alert: Marva King awakens our consciousness with “Shotguns”
Written by beachcityradio on November 23, 2020
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One of my favorite indie artists has always been the lovely Marva King. She is so talented…. certainly can sang, you hear me… sista can sang…… This time she takes her craft to the stage against racism and police murder. IT is a strong statement in such a time as this and we are so proud to include this as part of the soulful playlist at Beach City Radio…..
ABOUT MARVA KING
While perhaps best known for her starring role as Helen in the Tyler Perry’s 60 plus mega-million dollar grossing DVD “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”. She also spent 4 years as a vocalist, dancer & percussionist with Prince and the New Power Generation, Marva King is a true multi-media sensation whose talents and ambition continue to expand with every new creative endeavor.
Today, King prepares for the release of her 7th solo music project titled “An American.” King expresses here strong feelings and thoughts about current issues in American society from the perspective of a creative woman of color and experience. King wishes to unite the races and show that embracing the love of God and focusing on positive leadership and Good influences, we can make things better. The first release for Novenber 2020 is “Shotguns @US” Very vocal views by King. Sure to provoke positive feelings and painful realizations experienced for decades by Americans of many races. King also penned songs that focus on the esteem of women, seasoned with desires of the heart. R&B, Soul, Funk and Afro-beats are styles chosen to perform on this CD. Embracing many genres of music as did her most beloved music mentor Prince. Humor has always been a part of this multi-talented artist’s life, therefore is also reflected in some of the songs from this project as well.
King’s last CD “Th@t Part”embodies R&B, Funk, Raggae, Soul, and Dance Music from the Old & New Skools.
King’s new music “An American” will be released Independently on her Marvalous Works Entertainment label
The multi-talented producer, singer/songwriter and recording artist conceptualized, co-wrote & co-produced her last hit single “Steppin” along with track-master/producer Stone Paxton in 2012 which featured rapper Alpha Red & Christopher Williams. It rose quickly on the Top 20 U.K. R&B charts.
King sang with and for Michael Jackson, Prince, Lionel Richie, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, George Howard, 2Pac, Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Yolanda Adams, Anita Baker, Will Downing, Norman Connors, Ronald “Mr. Biggs” Isley of The Isley Bros. just to name a few. Her upcoming cd slated for release in 2019 is a melodic & grooving 12 to 15 tracks that further establish King’s virtuosity as a solo artist after her career as a backing & featured vocalist. Marva; “The key to the success of this project is that I’m expressing myself with total authenticity,” King says, “musically as well as emotionally and spiritually. I’m sharing my beliefs and some of my innermost secret emotions and thoughts about myself and the world around me.”
Blessed with a dynamic, now 4 octive vocal range and a multitude of influences. “An American” is focused on a range of music genres, as her mentor Prince did in his successfully illustrious career.
Her previous Indie solo recordings include The One (2010), Grown & Sexy (2007), Soul Sistah (2005) and Light of Day (2003), while Soul Sistah enjoyed rave reviews by the British, Asian and European music critics. The album entered the Top 30 charts at #5 and quickly rose to #2, surpassing Indie Arie, Teena Marie, The Isley Brothers and Donnell Jones, among others. King’s most noted recordings is her Solo debut album Feels Right on Electra/Planet Records 1981, produced by Richard Perry and Trevor Lawrence.
A native of Flint, Michigan, Marva King has been performing nonstop since the age of four. In addition to her vast resume as a session singer—which also includes recordings by Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston, Jimmy Cliff and Chaka Khan—she co-wrote The Whispers’ single “Innocent,” which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Hot Singles Chart and sold more than one million units worldwide. King also wrote the lyrics & melody for ”A piece of Love” on Lionel Richie’s CD “Louder than words.” Over the years, she has performed live with Lenny Kravitz, Seal and Will.i.am and toured with many affiliated hit makers.
King’s mesmerizing delivery inspired Larry Flick to write in Billboard, “Marva King is a supreme diva, and her name will go down in history as one of the best.” In 1997, Prince took her on the road, under his wing, and made her a member of his group, New Power Generation (NPG)—a stint that included recording on his New Power Soul album. In 2007, recorded Shania Twain’s Hit song “Still the one” which Prince re-titled “Ure still the One”. Marva reunited with Prince for another series of arena and intimate venue concerts, which included the record
breaking “21 Nights Concerts” at the 02 Arena in the UK, as well as recording on his Lotus Flower recording in 2009; she also made several appearances in his bestselling coffee table book “21 Nights.” King managed 15 shows of her own in between the Prince dates. “Those two years were intense,” she says. “I was exhausted the entire time, yet it was so exciting. I learned a lot about performing from Prince.”
Other career highlights include Stevie Wonder hiring King as an eager teen; performing on “Natural Wonder,” a double album recorded live in Osaka and Tel Aviv in the mid 90’s.
King thanks American Idol’s Randy Jackson for her first production jobs at Sony in the early ‘90s, a stint that made her one of the few female producers at that time in the music industry.
Reflecting on her journey, King says, “One of the things I have learned from acting is the importance of communicating your “truths” with people, no matter how apprehensively uncomfortable you may feel to expose your deepest emotions. I’m doing that more with music.
Cooking is King’s secondary passion. Marva creates & modifies many culturally popular dishes & cocktails. She maintained a 3.6 GPA as a Culinary student at the prestigious Arts Institute. Look for “something Artsy” on the screen reflecting her undeniable skills!!
Many exciting things on the horizon for the woman many have given the name
“Marva The King.”
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