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JODI V INTERVIEW IN THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE SUNDAY OCTOBER 26, 2008

She’s banking on hitting the heights

Jodi V turns heartbreak into art by ‘doing music that’s kind of inspirational’

By George Varga
POP MUSIC CRITIC

October 26, 2008

Getting her heart broken for the first time at the age of 18 was a wrenching experience for Jodi V. It was also the best thing that ever happened to her, musically speaking.

“I actually remember the night that this little punk hurt me,” she said of her former boyfriend. “I went right in the house and wrote a poem in my diary, then I wrote the song ‘Breaking Down.’ ”

Now 22, V ultimately reaped an even richer artistic harvest from her heartbreak, which took place during her senior year at Point Loma High School.

“I ended up with 20 songs about that relationship over the next four years, but I try not to think about it,” said the budding San Diego troubadour, who does not use her last name, Villanueva, professionally. “You definitely have to have your heart broken at least once. It opens your eyes to so many things and you’re not as naive.”

Three of those 20 songs are on “Seed of Love,” her recent debut album, which was released by Rotation Music, a Laguna Beach-based indie label, and is being distributed nationally by Universal Music Group.

An ear-friendly mix of sleek R&B balladry and snappy hip-hop beats, the album features her autobiographical lyrics of love won and lost, along with messages of self-empowerment that she has targeted specifically at other young women.

“It’s funny, because I write love songs; they’re just not happy love songs,” she said. “I’ve never written a happy love song until a week ago – and I’m not even in love. That’s how good I’m getting.”

She giggled. “Just kidding.”

 By day, V oversees loans and new accounts as a banker for Wells Fargo. At night and on weekends, she devotes herself to her music.

“It is a double life, like night and day,” she said. “I try to write a complete song at least once every two weeks. People always say I look different at work than I do on my album cover, but I’m at work!”

Having come directly from the bank for an interview one recent evening, V appeared nothing like she does on her album cover.

Her hair was pulled back tightly and she was dressed in an almost knee-length skirt and a long-sleeved blouse, buttoned up to her neck. Her conservative appearance gave little indication of her sultry stage persona, but it did allude to the more than a decade she spent singing in choirs at various San Diego churches before she graduated from high school in 2004.

“I started singing gospel, then I joined the worship team at New Covenant Church in National City,” said V, who also sang in Amplify, a Christian rock band.

“Amplify had electric guitars and some of the singers had raspy voices, but – lyrically – it was definitely all inspirational. I always had a desire to write my own music and talk about different (secular) things, but growing up in a Christian house, it was tough.”

V, who lives with her mother, Jeannine Garcia, cites Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé and Pepe Aguilar among her favorite artists. She credits her father, Los Nopales band singer-songwriter Fausto Villanueva, as her first musical mentor.

V made her public debut at John D. Spreckels Elementary School singing one of his original compositions, “Mi mamacita,” which V performed with her guitar-playing dad and her classmate, Pearl Ayon (who, coincidentally, is now another of San Diego’s more promising young Latina R&B singers).

“My dad always told me: ‘¡echale ganas!’ Give it your all – let it out,” V said.

She does exactly that on her album, although she acknowledges that one of her songs, “Crazy B,” probably won’t sit well with her former church pastors.

“I tell people to listen to the lyrics,” said V, who also included a sanitized alternate version, “Crazy Chick,” for younger listeners. “I’m not calling myself a ‘crazy bitch.’ It’s what somebody else is calling me and I’m just defending myself. I had to be real. Once people listen to the song, they get it.

“Most of my songs have a positive message and you’ll hear references to God here and there. So, I went from being very religious to doing music that’s kind of inspirational. Only recently have I gone more commercial and hit different topics, just to give it a shot. My mom’s learned to accept it.”

And what of V’s heartbreaking ex-boyfriend? Has she thanked him for inspiring so many of her unhappy love songs?

“We don’t talk right now,” she said, smiling. “But when I first let him listen to the album, he said: ‘I don’t like these sad songs.’ I told him: ‘Thank you, I’ll send you a check in the mail.’ ”

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS AND LINK TO THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE JODI V INTERVIEW: http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20081026/news_1a26view.html

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October 26, 2008 Posted by | MUSIC | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

JODI V SINGLE UH OH GETS ADDED TO 2 MORE RADIO STATIONS!

The new Jodi V single “Uh Oh” got added to two more radio stations on Tuesday 9/23/08.  Check out these stations for the new hit single “Uh Oh” and request this slammin’ track on the request lines.  More stations to come!  The new single Uh Oh is available from the new Jodi V cd Seed Of Love. 

KKUU PALM SPRINGS

KNDA CORPUS CHRISTI TEXAS

Other stations spinning Jodi V….

KBMB  SACRAMENTO

KPAT  SANTA MARIA

KYZZ  MONTEREY

KHTN  MODESTO

KSEQ  FRESNO

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JODI V SINGLE UH OH GETS ADDED TO FIVE RADIO STATIONS TODAY

The new Jodi V single “Uh Oh” got added to five radio stations today.  Check out these stations for the new hit single “Uh Oh” and request this slammin’ track on the request lines.  More stations to come!  The new single Uh Oh is available from the new Jodi V cd Seed Of Love.  Avaialble in stores and Itunes from Rotation Music, distributed by B-Dub/Universal Music Group Distribution. 

KBMB  SACRAMENTO

KPAT  SANTA MARIA

KYZZ  MONTEREY

KHTN  MODESTO

KSEQ  FRESNO

September 17, 2008 Posted by | MUSIC, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

JODI V IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE 9/6/08 ISSUE

JODI V IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE 9/6/08 ISSUE

 

 Check out Jodi V in this weeks issue of Billboard…..Page 62

 

 

September 6, 2008

 

BACKBEAT

Thump Records celebrated its 19th Anniversary at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. As a part of the festivities and commemorating 30 years on the charts, Evelyn “Champagne” King debuted tunes from “OPEN BOOK,” her first CD in 15 years. Thump artist Jodi V opened, performing songs from her new release, SEED of LOVE. From left are Evelyn’s husband Freddie, Jodi V’s manager Allan Gomez, Jaggo Records general manager and Big Day Records head Tom Cartwright, Thump Recording artist Jodi V, Thump president and CEO Bill Walker, Jaggo Records president and CEO Nat Schellin, Jaggo Records COO Chris Martin, and Thump VP of Sales Jim Cowan.

September 3, 2008 Posted by | MUSIC | , , , , , | Leave a comment

JODI V IN THE URBAN NETWORK

JODI V WITH EVELYN CHAMPAGNE KING AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES IN HOLLYWOOD!

JODI V WITH EVELYN CHAMPAGNE KING AT THE HOUSE OF BLUES IN HOLLYWOOD!

 

 

Thump Records Turns 19 – Celebrates with New Evelyn Champagne King Release

 

 

 

“It was worth the wait!” That’s what fans shouted as Thump Records celebrated its 19th Anniversary recently at the House of Blues in Los Angeles . As a part of the festivities and commemorating 30 years on the charts, Evelyn Champagne King performed, debuting tunes from her just released (August 19) CD project, her first in 15 years entitled, Open Book.

 

Thump President and CEO Bill Walker noted, “We made it through 19 years in this crazy business. Now, we’re so proud to welcome Evelyn to the Thump/B-DUB/Jaggo family of labels and are excited to present her first release in 15 years to her fans.” In the spirit of the evening Thump recording artist Jodi V opened for Evelyn, mixing the new with the classic. Jodi’s new release, Seed of Love features the debut single, “Uh Oh,” and hits the street September 9, also on Thump Records.

 

Pictured (l-r): Evelyn’s husband, Freddie; Evelyn King; Jodi V’s Manager, Allan Gomez; GM of Jaggo Records and Big Day Records head Tom Cartwright; Thump Recording Artist Jodi V; Thump President and CEO Bill Walker; Jaggo Records President and CEO Nat Schellin and COO Chris Martin; and Thump’s Sales VP Jim Cowan

 

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August 27, 2008 Posted by | MUSIC | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

JODI V PRESS RELEASE IN BILLBOARD PUBLICITY WIRE

Thump Celebrates 19 Years As B-DUB/JAGGO

Present Evelyn “Champagne” King’s New CD – Jodi

V. Opens LA’s House of Blues August 19th

Thump Records Celebrates 19 Years As Their B-DUB Imprint Joins Jaggo Records to Present Evelyn “Champagne” King’s First Release in 15 Years August 19th Grammy Award-Winning artist Evelyn Champagne King Will Debut her New CD, Open Book, Live at the House of Blues in LA on August 19th With Special Guest, Latin Sensation Jodi V. Whose Rotation Music Album Will be Released September 9th

Los Angeles, CA (Billboard Publicity Wire) August 18, 2008 — As Thump Records (www.thumprecords.com) celebrates an amazing 19th Anniversary, their B-DUB Imprint Joins with Big Day/Jaggo Records to present Grammy Award Winning artist Evelyn “Champagne” King’s first release in 15 Years on August 19th, OPEN BOOK.

And Evelyn “Champagne” King Will Debut her New CD Live at the House of Blues in LA on August 19th With Special Guest, Latin Sensation Jodi V. Jodi’s Rotation/Thump Album SEED OF LOVE will drop September 9th featuring the single, “Uh Oh.” Jodi V. joins Evelyn Champagne King as she unleashes her new album which also commemorates 30 years on the charts.

It’s the 19th Anniversary of Thump Records. Thump President Bill Walker notes, “We made it through 19 years in this crazy business. We’re proud to welcome Evelyn to the Thump/B-DUB/Jaggo family of labels and are excited to present her first release in 15 years to be released August 19th at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

Evelyn “Champagne” King’s new album — Open Book — is her first in 15 years. While working one night at Gamble & Huff’s famed Philadelphia International Records’ offices, A producer overheard some tantalizing vocals. There he discovered a 16-year-old Evelyn King singing while tidying up the offices. After signing the singer to a production deal, Evelyn “Champagne” King’s debut single, “Dancin’, Dancin’, Dancin'” from her 1977 smash LP Smooth Talk hit the charts. But it was a song written by John Fitch and Reuben Cross entitled “Shame” that truly launched her career. Evelyn would go on to record 24 Billboard charting singles including such hits as “I’m In Love” and “Love Come Down.” All the while, Ms. King developed a sizeable fan base with her incredible work ethic and non-stop world tours. Now Evelyn will release Open Book. “This one” she says lovingly, “is for my fans.” The album features a new dance single, “The Dance” (remixed by the UK’s Soul Seekerz – Rhianna), “Skillz” and the title track, a ballad Evelyn describes as “slightly autobiographical.”

Latin sensation Jodi V.’s new single, “Uh Oh” features top-notch production. Her album boasts real lyrics and songs that contain no sampled music. In fact, Jodi V. is creating a buzz with her heated tracks. Her debut set, Seed Of Love is a street-wise blend of pop with hip-hop appeal to it. Jodi’s voice is sultry, smoky, sexy and as real as it comes. On Seed of Love, Jodi V. shows an impressive musical range from the street hip ‘love-gone-wrong’ of “Crazy Chick” which has received regional mix show spins in Texas and Nevada to the previously mentioned “Uh Oh” which radio is already embracing. This single features a club-banging beat with Jodi’s taunting and teasing, almost “too hot for radio” line,” — “You want it…I got it.” Future chart toppers also include “He Ain’t Everything,” a slamming rhythmic track produced by Fingazz, who recently landed a top ten hit with “Lean Like A Cholo.” David Salas, known for his major label, Latin music compositions, produced “Let Go” a crossover ballad with 808 booms, guaranteed to shatter any already broken heart. Jodi describes her music in simple, one-word phrases. “The songs,” she says, are “inspiring, bright, soulful, comforting, rhythmic, emotional, real and sincere.” Seed Of Love is all those things and more. Tracks include: Seed Of Love, Crazy B, Uh Oh, Breaking Down, He Ain’t Everything, California Luvin’, Let Go, Classy Ladies, Take Control, Crazy Chick.

What: Evelyn “Champagne” King Open Book album release party w/ special guest Jodi V.

When: Tuesday, August 19th, 7:30pm doors, 8:00pm show.

Where: House of Blues, Sunset Strip, Hollywood.

RSVP: Handsonpr @ aol.com

Media Contact: 310-341-3201 or Handsonpr @ aol.com

August 19, 2008 Posted by | MUSIC | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

JODI V INTERVIEW IN SAN DIEGO READER 8/7/2008

JODI V SEED OF LOVE

JODI V SEED OF LOVE

 

JODI V INTERVIEW IN THE SAN DIEGO READER 8/7/2008
“I’ve always enjoyed music and singing,” says singer/songwriter Jodi V, “but I grew up in a religious household, so singing anywhere else but at church was not an option.” Her first public performance was at age seven with her rendition of “These Words I Sing for You,” a bilingual song composed by her father for her mom. She sang for a dozen friends and family members on her neighbor’s porch.”At the age of 18,” she says, “I was given a bit more freedom, so I took advantage by collaborating with local hip-hop artists and producers that I met through mutual friends.”While singing hooks for rappers and producers in exchange for studio time, Jodi posted her own four-song demo on MySpace. One of the rap groups she performed with also has a MySpace page, which they used to send a “friend request” to Rotation Music, a record label based for over 20 years in Laguna Beach. Label heads weren’t impressed by the hip-hoppers, but they did like the photo of Jodi V they saw on the rappers’ MySpace.”I was approached through MySpace by [label owner] Allan Gomez,” says Jodi. “He offered to help me release my first album.” Distributed by label heavyweight Universal, Jodi V’s provocatively titled debut Seed of Love is set for release September 9.

WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER?

“I’m bumping Colbie Caillat’s Coco CD for the moment. Her voice is extremely soothing, and I can relate to a lot of her songs.”

DESERT-ISLAND DVDs?

The Sweetest Thing is the funniest chick flick ever, but no one will watch it with me because I always rewind it to my favorite parts at least five times in a row. There’s also The Notebook.

C’mon, you know you love it, too. And probably The Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, though I admit they’re a little creepy. They’re for those days when I’m in a silly mood.”

TWO FAVORITE WEBSITES?

1. MySpace.com: “You can find old friends, new friends, old lovers, new lovers, family, and music. You can even get signed by a major record label!”

2. YouTube.com: “Staying up on Saturday night until two in the morning watching videos is way better than a potential DUI.”

THREE GUILTY PLEASURES?

1. “I constantly laugh and crack jokes about people with bad fashion sense. It’s mean, but I really can’t help it.”

2. “Being late. I like my five extra minutes.”

3. “Eating a lot of Mexican candy. I had an ulcer two years ago from it, but I just can’t stop.”

BRUSH WITH FAME?

“I got to see Xzibit, MC and host of Pimp My Ride, backstage at one of his concerts. I thought it would be cute to ask him to ‘officially pimp me,’ but he refused. He must get that all the time because he seemed pretty annoyed.”

LAST BOOK READ?

“Well, I’ll admit that, ever since MySpace, I haven’t been reading too much. How to Write a Hit Song is probably the last book I read. It demonstrates and breaks down hit songs so you can learn what works.”

WHERE DO YOU HANG OUT?

“I love the Turf Club on the corner of C and 25th Street. It’s a bar-and-grill where you cook your own food on one huge grill while talking to complete strangers. There’s also ‘Intervention,’ Sundays at the Hard Rock Hotel, which is a cool spot to party it up during the day. There’s always a beautiful crowd.”

YOUR PERSONAL MANTRA?

“‘Time heals everything, so don’t give in or give up.’ I came up with this one day, and I repeat it to myself whenever I’m having a weak moment.”

BEST “I WAS SO BUZZED” STORY?

“I have way too many stories…I’ll keep it short and PG rated. After clubbing one night I let my friend push me around in a shopping cart. It was hilarious — until he hit a crack and I flew out. I was wearing a skirt, so it was a hot mess!”

TERRIBLE JOBS?

1. “I worked at a kiosk in the mall selling portable karaoke machines. It sucked because I had to sing all these horrible songs, and I always seemed to run into someone I knew.”

2. “The worst was this clerical job I had at a funeral home. I was paid $7 an hour to type up death certificates. Surprisingly, I was also responsible for ushering and singing at the funeral services, making casket sprays, driving the company limo or coach whenever the reverend showed up hungover, pulling out dead people from the fridge for ID viewings, and even — yikes — putting makeup on them.”

SOMETHING ABOUT YOU FEW WOULD KNOW OR GUESS?

“I constantly get told that I come off as intimidating or snobby, but the truth is that I’m sweet and very interested in what you have to say.”

CLICK ON THE LINK FOR THE SAN DIEGO READER WEBSITE!

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2008/aug/06/hot-mess/

August 7, 2008 Posted by | MUSIC | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

JODI V SEED OF LOVE CD IN STORES SEPTEMBER 9, 2008!

JODI V SEED OF LOVE

JODI V SEED OF LOVE

LATIN POP/R&B BEAUTY BARES HER SOUL ON NEW CD

San Diego, CA — That voice – it’s sultry and smoky, sexy and funky, soulful and honest and as real as it comes. By the time the first song on Jodi V.’s new cd is over, you realize the San Diego born and raised singer/songwriter is a true music artist and not some talent-less pretty girl cultivated by a record label hoping to sucker music fans with her looks.

Sure, Jodi’s a certified super-hottie with the beauty of a Latin goddess and curves that would make a lingerie model jealous, but she has the voice of an R&B angel and a way with writing songs that are so relatable and real-to-life that fans everywhere can get into what she’s saying.

Jodi V. is about to unleash her street-wise blend of R&B, soul and pop with her first full-length cd titled Seed of Love. Jodi’s cd is scheduled for a September 9, 2008 release by Rotation Music with national distribution by Universal Music Group.

On Seed of Love, Jodi V. shows an impressive musical range from the street hip ‘love-gone-wrong’ of “Crazy Chick” to the melodic and mellow “Seed of Love.” In “Breaking Down,” Jodi breathlessly dissects the emotions found in a broken relationship, while “Uh Oh” features a club-throbbing beat and Jodi’s taunting sexy, yet affirming line, “You want it…I got it.”

Seed of Love’s main producer is San Diego’s street famous Etienne. Fingazz (Lean Like A Cholo), David Salas/Omar Gonzalez and Shawn Bossick also produced tracks on the cd. Their credits include artists with Sony, Universal, Interscope, Atlantic, Warner Brothers, Capitol and EMI, as well as Top 10 singles and major motion picture soundtrack work.

Jodi describes her music in simple, one-word phrases. “The songs,” she says, are “Inspiring, bright, soulful, comforting, rhythmic, emotional, real and sincere.”

The songs – and Jodi V. herself – are all those things and more. Her music proves that good-looking girls can do more than just look good. They can also write powerful lyrics and sing amazingly honest and real songs that appeal to a wide range of fans from all walks of life.

August 4, 2008 Posted by | MUSIC | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment