An audacious move for any multi-genre musician, Victor Simonson, has taken steps to break the mold from the typical one-type-of-music album to a project he calls Neo-Eclectic. Simonson’s debut CD, Victory, embraces a variety of music ranging from smooth jazz, opera, gospel, organ music, inspirational songs, and more. It is slated for release the first weekend of February 2008, during several New York City area performances.
Playing host to the New York native for his “The Victory Tour” concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 1, 2, and 3, 2008, are Memorial Presbyterian Church, 189 Babylon Turnpike, Roosevelt, New York and Calvary Baptist Church, 11110 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, New York both at 7:00 pm. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 279 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, New York will hear the pianist, composer, baritone, and organist during the 8:00 am and 10:00 am services on Sunday.
The Eastman trained baritone is optimistic about the self-produced 11-track project. Titled “Victory”, the CD is not only a play on words on his first name, but is also a hopeful triumph in the record industry to help break the mold of a single focused genre on one CD. Simonson even takes a “victorious” stab at singing a classical song he composed from David’s Book of Psalms. His baritone voice is like butter, say his fans, and is hailed as having “hands capable of playing anything”.
Currently, Associate Conductor for Oprah Winfrey’s national production of The Color Purple, the award-winning talent is also best known for his range, defining himself as a multi-genre musician, having worked with diverse talents such as Three Mo’ Tenors, Boys Choir of Harlem, Denyce Graves, Fantasia, and Three Mo’ Divas. In addition, to his voice degree, Simonson attended Howard University for piano and organ. He also studied trombone during his earlier years in Long Island, New York.
Simonson hopes to help blaze the way for other multi-genre musicians with Victory. He is confident there is a place in the industry for musicians and producers who have always wanted to do the same thing.