Vel Omarr
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Vel Omarr

Los Angeles, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE | AFTRA

Los Angeles, CA | INDIE | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2015
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"Vel Omarr and the Prudhomme sisters team up"

Vel Omarr and the song writting duo, The Prudhomme sisters, Betty and Beverly, have joined forces on Vel Omarr's latest CD, "There's Only One Life To Live". It should be noted, that the Prudhomme sisters (twins), have been writting songs for many years. In fact, they wrote the song "Rome Wasn't Built In A Day", sung by Country Western singer, Johnny Russell, and legendary Soul singers, Johnny Taylor and Sam Cooke.

Betty and Beverly also wrote the popular hit song, "My Baby Don't Love Nobody But Me" sung by Dee Clark. The list of legendary performers they have worked with goes on and on!
Not only did the sisters write the song "There's Only One Life To Live", they also perform the background vocals.

You can check out all three of Vel's CDs in the Online Jukebox in the Rhythm and Blues category..

Visit link below:
http://www.chittlincircuit.com/dev/content/view/42/

- Chittlin Circuit Online Jukebox


"Review from LatinoLA.com:"

Review from LatinoLA.com:

Music veterans VEL OMARR & THE P'ZAZZ Band made their World wide Internet Radio debut on East L.A. Revue Radio and Chicano Express Radio this month with a generous and welcome response from our listening audiences. Their new CD, "How Can I Make You Mine", has a wonderful offering of new songs performed in the classic "old style cruising" mode. For more info: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com. This one is a winner!


- LatinoLA.com:By Frankie Firme


"Vel Omarr ~ Rhythms And The Blues"

Much of modern R&B is sung in whispers,falsettos and
throaty murmurs. It is refreshing to come across an R&B voice
that is seasoned, strong and solid.
Vel Omarr has such a voice. His premiere CD, "Rhythms
and the Blues", presents a robust range of approaches
to modern R&B.


His song, "You're All That",features a loping bass line
tightened by a sustained synth-string fill and guess what?
Sam Cooke influenced vocals. "That's Alright With Me" is a
romantic and manly ballad in the Old-School, slow-dance/piano
triplet sense.

"Morality" is an incredibly soulful take on traditional reggae
the background vocals punctuate the chorus at just the right
times, and the lyrics are refreshing straight talk on the
state of modern society.

There is a lot of discussion on R&B Websites about the lack of
good old passion and groove in today's artists. These critics
might do well to explore some of the indie sources of music
they care about.

There are delightful surprises like Vel Omarr out there, making
the kind of magic that made us R&B devotees in the first place.
~~~Reviewer: Barney Quick, Indie-Music.com~~~

http://www.indie-music.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=644
- Indie-Music.com


"da Blues #75: Sunrise Blues!"

We are very pleased with the cd ‘Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy’ from Samuel James, released on the Northern Blues label, we hope you feel the same about these fantastic recordings. Of course there’s more in this episode, listen and approve Chris Juergensen, Tobin James & Damaged Goods, Vel Omarr (think Sam Cooke!), ladies Kelly Rucker and Anna Laube, PapaMojo and finally super-harp talent Roger Edsall. Let it all shake, rattle, roll and boogie!

See more... http://dablues.wordpress.com/2008/04/18/da-blues-75-sunrise-blues/

- da Blues Podcast


"Longtown Sound 327 Dawn Drake, Vel Omarr, Karmacoda, Jim Steed, Joker’s Wild Band, Rick Fowler, Farryl Purkiss”"

2 Responses to “Longtown Sound 327 Dawn Drake, Vel Omarr, Karmacoda, Jim Steed, Joker’s Wild Band, Rick Fowler, Farryl Purkiss”
Tom | March 26th, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Great show, great talent:)
Keep it up, Unc!

Uncleshag | March 26th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Thanks, Tom.
Great talent is right!
Talk soon, bud!
-unc.

- WLSO FM / Longtown Sound


"The Red Light Zone"

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Discography

Label: V O S Music
Album(CD) HOW CAN I MAKE YOU MINE /2007- Vel Omarr & The P'zazz Band

Tracks: How Can I Make You Mine / Hurry Back Home / Feels Like Love / Rome Wasn't Built In A Day / Trouble Blues / That's All That Matters To Me / Baby Please Come Home / Lover's Deja Vu / Stay Where You Are / Al's Sugar Shack / I Believe I'm Falling In Love /
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Label: V O S Music
Album(CD) Rhythms & The Blues /1998- Musical Arrangement by Bradley Austin Bobo

Tracks: Back To The Rhythm and The Blues / I' Your Lover / If I Should Get To Heaven / When You're Here / Feels Like Love / It's Got to Be Love / A Family Thing / Start Loving Me / That's All That Matters / That's Alright With Me / Dance With Me, Honey / Morality / You're All That /
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Label: V O S Music
Single(CD) There's Only One Life To Live /2004

There's Only One Life To Live - Song by Betty & Beverly Prudhomme/Musical Arrangement by Carl Protho

There's Only One Life To Live / Feels Like Love /
If I Should Get To Heaven /

A Change Is Gonna Come - (Song by Sam Cooke)
Vel Omarr- (Single)/2006 - Musical arrangement by Carl Protho

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Bio

Vel Omarr was born on a small farm in the Mississippi Delta. His mother found that living in the south and working the cotton fields was not... could not... be all that life had to offer. So, like thousands had done before her, she packed her bags and took the "next train smoking" to Chicago in search of better things.

Vel remained in Mississippi with his grandparents. He attended church every Sunday and remembers sometimes they would travel to neighboring towns to hear a "Big Preacher" or enjoy a shouting, spirit filled "Gospel Fest."

At the age of eight, Vel moved to Chicago to be with his mother. This was pure culture shock! "From the sticks to the bricks," says Vel. The first song he heard on the radio as the train pulled into the station was "You Send Me" sung by Sam Cooke. "The song eased my longing to be back home in Mississippi", Vel remembers. Vel began singing at the age of 14, and upon graduating,he was sure he wanted to make show business his life. In the early 1970s, Vel boarded a plane bound for Los Angeles to concentrate his efforts on a singing career.

Vel credits Sam Cooke with being his singing inspiration from childhood. Mastering Cooke's vocal techniques and stage presence have made him a sought-after vocalist throughout America. Vel sings his original compositions using his life experiences -- the cotton fields of Mississippi, the tough streets of Chicago, and the struggling entertainer trying to make it in Hollywood to soulfully deliver a passionate blend of music guaranteed to Please!

Vel joined the legendary R&B / DooWop group, the Robins, as their second tenor lead singer, for a reunion tour in 1991. He remained with H.B. Barnum and The Robins until 1995, and then started touring with Brenton Wood as opening act for Brenton Wood's Sweet Old School Revue. In 2003 he joined The Olympics as one of their lead singers and has performed along side of other legendary artists like, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Penquins, The Coasters, Gene Chandler, The Flamingos, Zola Taylors Platters, and many more.

As a singer in Brenton Wood's Sweet Old School Revue, Vel has also opened for and appeared with such legendary greats as James Brown, Etta James, Little Richard, Al Wilson, Barbara Lynn, Brenda Holloway, Rosie, of Rosie and The Originals and many other legendary R&B/Doo Wop artists.

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Review from LatinoLA.com:

Music veterans VEL OMARR & THE P'ZAZZ Band made their World wide Internet Radio debut on East L.A. Revue Radio and Chicano Express Radio this month with a generous and welcome response from our listening audiences. Their new CD, "How Can I Make You Mine", has a wonderful offering of new songs performed in the classic "old style cruising" mode. For more info: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com. This one is a winner!

The P'zazz Band has backed various groups and artists, including the following:

Brenton Wood / Brenda Holloway / Al Wilson / Barbara Lynn / Tony Allen / Sly Slick & Wicked / Coasters / Marvin & Johnny/ Lady GG/ Johnny & Joe / Terry Johnsons’s Flamingos / The Jacks Cadets / Big Jay McNeely / The Storytellers / The Penguins / The Vibrations / Rosie and The Originals / Rahm Lee / Ernie Valens / The Drifters / Vernon Greens Medallions / The Olympics / Kevin Carroll’s Miracles Review, and Various local groups

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