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Singer, songwriter, and producer are just a few of the titles Claude Vera holds concerning his solo effort as a recording artist. Hailing from the Future, home to funk and R&B legends like the Ohio Players, Zapp featuring Roger Troutman, Lakeside, Heatwave, Slave, and Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame Vera is continuing the legacy with a sense of dedicated urgency. With great big ol’ funky shoes like that to try to fill it’s easy to see why he’s taken such great care in the crafting of his songs and the production. It’s truly a man sized effort and yeoman’s work on this labor of love.

While Currently located in Queens, NY, with varied influences ranging from Prince to U2, CV’s spin on lyric, and melodic content includes an eclectic blend of Funk, Pop, R&B and Hip Hop influenced grooves. The combination of these styles is what helps to set him apart from the plethora of artists writing and recording in today’s highly competitive artistic arena.

When Listening to the dope tracks included in the package you are about to listen to it’s easy for anyone to get the sense of where this young old school artist is ready to go. The song entitled “Trick Bag” is the story of a young woman who gives in to a self fulfilling prophecy laid on her by her boyfriends parents, and loses her child to an abortion she that she later regrets. It’s a painful lesson of how we trick our selves out of what we truly want in life and create the very thing we are trying to avoid. With the naked truth of soulful and sexy R&B ballads such as “Strip” the smooth and sultry vocals CV delivers are panty droppin’ stop-what-you-doing-hot. While up tempo jump-off’s such as tracks like “The Top” will make you want to get up and “take it to the dance floor” it’s the story telling of a song like “Soap Opera Loverz” that really give away his true musical talent and way above average songwriting skills.

Whether it be making beats using reason and Cubase on his I-Mac, G-4 or sampling loops on the ancient but capable ASR-10 it would seem that this clever artist is not afraid of paying homage to the great richness of our funky R&B past while staying focused on the right now. The one mantra that guides all of his songwriting efforts is “The Song is KING “. With appearances at clubs in New York such as Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar his love for live performance is truly a welcome change to the tracks that most artists perform to today. Soon the game will come back to artists performing live with a band and that is where you will see the separation between CV and what most artists are now forced to do.

NOW…What are You waiting for?? Stop fronting and play the MP3's man!