Vivian Green Talks New Album And Why Her Son Is Her Best Accomplishment
Vivian Green fans have been on an emotional roller coaster for years, anxiously waiting for her to drop a new project, and finally it has arrived. With 15 years in the game, the Philly native has released her sixth studio project entitled VGVI and, according to Vivian, it’s an album you can rock all day.
“You can work out to it, cook to it, clean to it, and do all of those little things we do,” the 38-year-old told us. “I wanted to do something brighter and more upbeat. If a song was sad, it needed to have a certain attitude, energy, and life to it. I’ve done sad songs. I love them, of course. However, I wanted to evolve.”
Besides being in the studio, Vivian has been busy advocating on behalf of children with special needs. Her son Jordan, who was born in 2004, was diagnosed with an unknown syndrome that affects his bones. Doctors told the singer her son would live to be a week old. Today, he is a happy and thriving 13 year old! Her campaign, I Am Different, I Am Human, recently released a Public Service Announcement to shed light on the conditions of the 57 million Americans with special needs.
We had the opportunity to chat more with Vivian about motherhood, music, and getting bit by the acting bug!
Madame Noire (MN): What do you love most about VGVI compared to other albums?
Vivian Green (VG): Sonically, I love it! It goes from 90’s to 80’s, current to house; but at the same time it’s amazingly cohesive. The album is also very topic driven. Each song is very specific in the meaning or messaging; and the topics are very grown! I’m proud of the work Kwamé (her producer) and I did.
MN: It’s great when a soul singer puts his or her spin on classic Christmas songs. Tell us about the holiday album you’re working on.
VG: It will be released this Winter 2017. I’m working alongside Patti LaBelle and the album will include appearances from award-winning R&B singer Ruben Studdard and production from Jamar Jones who has worked with Boyz II Men, Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott, Mary Mary and Usher.
MN: You are in the stage play Two Can Play That Game, an adaptation of the hit movie starring Vivica Fox. What type of character will you be playing?
VG: Vivica Fox is in the show as well. I get to play her best friend and perform some of my classic hits. The production runs from October 13 through December 3 and hits Memphis, St. Louis, Detroit, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Orlando, DC, Houston, and Chicago.
MN: As a musician and working mother, what has been the best part of motherhood for you?
VG: Looking at my son as a teenager and seeing the type of person he’s turning out to be just warms my heart. He is clearly my best accomplishment!