*V.I.P. (Virgin Island Professa) preps for his May 22, 2019 released of his new album “Emergency” (Dust Dem AFF Music), with the release of the first single and music video “Want It.” When I tell you the talent level of this Virginia Island singer, songwriter, producer is up there with Bob Marley, take my word for it. It’s not because he won my 20 year old “Uplifting Minds II” (ULMII) Baltimore talent competition six-times or that he has been a sponsor of that event since 2008, but witnessing him take an audience of people from their seats to their feet.
“Around the world we have a lot of issues with violence…I want to let everyone know it’s an emergency, we need to change, get better, do better,” said V.I.P., born in the U.S. Virgin Islands as Marvin Shamal Davis, Jr.. “I hope to bring awareness to crime and violence and the need for change. It’s good to be happy.”
V.I.P. debuted in 2008 with “Ambassador” (Ivory Penn Entertainment) produced by Steve Ivory (Disney). That was the year V.I.P. started sponsoring the ULMII community event. His hit singles in the states and in the Virgin Islands include “Hands Up” and “Soakin’ Wet.” – two of my favorite V.I.P. singles. The Virgin Islands radio stations have always played his music as if he was Bob Marley. He is a local Virgin Island celebrity that is always representing his Virgin Islands home. The V. I. is included on his branded products which can be found at IslandPridePrints.com.
“Everyone needs to focus on the root problem. Rich or poor we all have the same problems,” he pointed out. “Have feelings, but don’t take it to the extreme.”
V.I.P. has a sweet and humble personality that people gravitate to. He said he was musically inspired by Calypso music, Bob Marley and Jay-Z.
“My inspiration…Calypso music, Bob Marley of course…he is a global figure not just in the Caribbean and Jay-Z and I am inspired by yourself with your positive energy,” V.I.P. said. “My parents too, their strength…gave me the strength to be who I am.”
The Virgin Islands, where he was born and raised until he relocated to the states with his father Marvin Sr., has a West Indian culture mixed with African heritage. So his music is a mixture of that West Indian culture and music from the African-American Hip-Hop culture in the states. That gives his music a very fresh and different sound that can be heard in the music video for the “Want It” single (https://youtu.be/k4yO0Yu13Y8).
V.I.P., who has been the opening act for the Baltimore ULMII event almost every year since 2011, calls his style music Vulcha.
He hopes his body of music helps to create “world peace.”
“I wish for people to have the ability to know the path they may be taking,” he said. “That could help make world peace…something that creates international greatness. We’ve lost great brothers like Nipsy…too soon. We’ve lost some powerful brothers and sisters to violence.” @VirginIslandsProFessA (Facebook)
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: “Uplifting Minds II” Free Entertainment Conference annually in Baltimore (Saturday April 20, 2019) in partnership with Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times and Los Angeles (October/TBD). Offering Entertainment Business panel and a talent showcase and competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) with over $15,000 valued in prizes. www.UpliftingMinds2.com www.GoFundMe.com/Uplifting-Minds-II-Entertainment-Conference