Contemporary R&B/soul singer Trina Broussard was born and raised in Houston, TX, influenced by her mother, who was a jazz singer, and her father, who played guitar in jazz big bands and accompanied pop vocalists Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway. Broussard began her music career upon moving to Atlanta, GA, in 1990, singing background vocals for Bobby Brown, Mariah Carey, Babyface, Toni Braxton and BeBe & CeCe Winans. Through an association with Trey Lorentz, she began writing songs, and signed with the So So Def label. Her first popular single was the Minnie Riperton song «Inside My Love,» featured on the 1997 platinum-selling film soundtrack “Love Jones.” In 1998, Broussard co-wrote Aretha Franklin’s hit record «Here We Go Again,» and released another single of her own, «Love You So Much,» the following year. Unfortunately, the intended album was never released. She signed with the Motown label in 2002, recording her album “Same Girl” with Ra-Re Valverde. In 2009 she returned to the music industry and embarked on a short promo tour before announcing her third album “Life of a Libra” in 2010.
In 2016 Broussard returned with a new harmony-rich single “Adieu.” The mid-tempo burner engineered by the Atlanta-based conglomerate R&B Moguls. As for the length of time between release, Broussard assures her fans, “I never left. I have continued to stay close to music, “ said the singer who has recently provided backing vocals for music icons Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez. “As far as recording another album...TIMING. This is definitely the continuation of my personal and musical metaphorical journey. I believe that the appointed time is the right time.”
Real artistry is about peeling back the layers of your soul and allowing the creative truth to take form. Russell Taylor taps into that creative space and unlocks a masterpiece in his latest musical offering, War of Hearts, on his own Indigo Blue label.
Far from a novice in the music game, Russell — a self-professed nomad — has poured out his heart and soul on the world stages, including stops in London, Amsterdam and Paris as well as famed stateside venues from The Mint and The Roxy in Los Angeles to SOB’s and Joe’s Pub in New York. Russell’s previous offerings Somewhere In Between(2007) and Confessional, a Soultracks.com
‘must have records’ (2010) — are sprinkled with gentle gems that have satisfied the appetites of music lovers worldwide.
Russell's (aka Rt!) 3rd studio album «War of Hearts», includes collaborations with Grammy award winning producer Needlz (Lil’ Wayne, Bruno Mars, Drake, Lupe Fiasco, K Michelle), Tim Kvanosky of Tiny Hearts and Salakida Kali. In early 2014, Russell Taylor becomes the first to win the coveted “You Oughta Know” distinction after beating over four hundred competitors in VH1’s first ever crowd-sourced contest on Artists.VH1.com
, VH1’s music discovery site and join the ranks of famous “You Oughta Know” alumni including Adele, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons and many more. “An emerging artists with diverse musical influences and incredible talent, Russell Taylor is the embodiment of what the ‘You Oughta Know’ franchise is all about”, said Rick Krim, EVP Music and Talent Programming, VH1.
This ‘multi-genre-influenced’ soul-singer embraces the beautiful imperfections of his voice. “I have a pretty good range,” admits Russell. “It’s gravelly and [in the past] I didn’t like the sound of that. But the producers that I am working with on this album were like, ‘That’s what makes your voice beautiful and unique. It’s genuine and authentic."
Russell’s creativity is not just relegated to the musical genre; The Great White Way has called as well. Russell made his Broadway directorial debut in Gems for one night only, November 8. 2012. This multi-hyphenate has also directed plays including For Colored Girls (New School University) as well as mentoring urban youths of color in the arts.
Additionally, Russell has shared the stage with major artists from Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott and India.Arie, to legends like Isaac Hayes and Patti LaBelle; an amazing fete for an independent artist.
Real and honest are the elements that define the essence of War of Hearts and Russell has created the album he was born to make.