Q&A with Folk-Pop, Soulful Americana Singer-Songwriter – VICTORIA REED
Posted On 23 Nov 2015
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Victoria Reed’s ‘Chariot’ Rides in on February 26th
Allow AllAccess.com writer, Nicole DeRosa to introduce you to VICTORIA REED who blends Folk-Pop, Soulful Americana on her upcoming debut album, CHARIOT.
Born to a rock musician (Alto Reed, longtime saxophonist for Bob Seger) and a Playboy Bunny, the Brooklyn, by way of Detroit singer/songwriter Victoria Reed always knew she wanted to be a performer. She spent her childhood backstage at Detroit’s biggest venues and front-row at Tigers and Red Wings games as her dad wailed out the National Anthem. “I don’t think there was one moment of my life where I wasn’t thinking, Of course I’m going to be a singer someday,” Victoria says. She will release her debut album, Chariot on February 26th.
Victoria wrote all the tracks on ‘Chariot,’ a deeply personal collection, which traces her journey—at first, incapacitated by fear and self-doubt, to gradually finding joy in her struggle and the strength to carry on. Featuring some of New York’s best session players (whom have played with the likes of Norah Jones and Ryan Adams) and produced by Jeff Hill, it’s a rich, optimistic album that puts Victoria’s intimate yet inclusive lyrics and alluring voice at the forefront, bringing to mind Jenny Lewis’s ‘Acid Tongue’. The recording process was “magical,” she says. “We didn’t talk about what kind of sound we were going for—it just happened.”
The triumphant collection of songs showcases her soulful blend of dusty folk-pop and doleful Americana. On her album opener and the title track, “Chariot”, Victoria sings “let go and let flow, I want to tell you that you’re not alone,” something she wishes she could have told herself when things were difficult— and a light-hearted look into the future ahead.
One of Victoria’s favorite songs on the album is “Make It Easy”, which was one of the last she wrote for the album. “You should wake with a smile on your face/ Monday, Tuesday, everyday/ ‘Cause honey I’m so happy for you,” she croons over gentle slide guitar, the track’s underlying rhythms bolster her vocals. The album closer, “I Love You”, sets the tone for the entire album and concludes it on positive note, musing about being in love with someone regardless of one’s locale.
Nicole got to chat with Victoria just before she hopped on a plane to Guadalajara, Mexico for a show…listen and enjoy their chat below!
Check out Victoria’s recent One On One Session at City Winery New York HERE .
The Detroit-bred, Brooklyn-based songwriter brings her cool and beguiling take on Americana to ROCKWOOD with her four-piece band at the Communion Residency showcase.
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