Armed with an unmistakable voice, spirited guitar, and lyrics drawn from the depths of his soul, Royce Lovett brings a much-needed breath of fresh air to music on his forthcoming Motown Gospel EP, LOVE WINS due out September 16.
Royce delivers 6 more thoughtful, well-crafted songs produced by Nate Butler (Luther Vandross, Backstreet Boys). These songs exemplify a natural next step in Royce’s young career, stronger songs, more musical, more funky, more personal.
Listen to Royce Lovett’s new tune ‘That’s Dat Jesus” below, and you can catch him on Jeremy Camp’s “I WILL FOLLOW TOUR” beginning September 9, 2016.
Drawing from Lovett’s hip-hop roots, “Reach” uses a hard-driving drum beat in relaying the message to always “put your hands in the sky today / though your dream seems miles away.” The slower-paced “Go” explores the pressure of holding fast to the faith you have in yourself despite what friends and others may say. The rollicking “That’s Dat Jesus” embodies the fervor of the hymns Lovett’s grandmother used to sing when he was younger, while the guitar-driving track “I Wanna Love You” outlines the blueprint for winning at love and marriage. “Don’t tell me we lost, ‘cause I want to win,” sings Lovett to his significant other in a gliding tenor. “Love is hard but you’ve got to fight for what you want in the end.”
“That’s my heart cry,” adds Lovett. “I want everyone to be free so they can follow their dreams. Nothing can stop you if you’re focused and purposeful.”
Lovett began internalizing that message while growing up in Tallahassee, Florida. The youngest son of an elementary school teacher mother and city worker father, he was very active in the local church where his parents worked respectively as worship leader and minister. Coming from a family that loves to sing, it was no surprise when Lovett made music “my Plan A” at 14.
Honing his craft as a “hardcore hip-hop/gospel artist,” the high-school graduate hit a crossroads in the mid-2000’s. That’s when he discovered he needed something more to re-stoke his creative fire. After a year spent away from listening to music, Lovett embarked on what he calls “the musician thing,” teaching himself to play acoustic guitar and sharpen his singing/rapping skills while broadening his musical scope.
“In trying to find myself, I began listening to insightful songwriters like Bob Dylan and Bob Marley,” says Lovett. “Folk, rock, reggae … I fell in love with all kinds of genres as I began crafting who I am musically and lyrically. That’s why you hear so many different instruments and styles fused inside of what I create.”
A year’s stint in college as a history major and a later job selling cell phones at Radio Shack only solidified Lovett’s determination to seriously pursue his music career. By 2009, the indie upstart had released his first album, Ought-ism. Over the course of the next five years, Lovett released two more albums (Acoustic Incentive, My Hopeless Romance) and booked several tours of Europe before signing with Motown Gospel in 2014.
Now LOVE WINS, Lovett simply wants to do one thing: continue to bridge cultures through music. “I could care less what people label my music,” he says. “I’m just talking from my soul about life to the hipster, the hip-hop head or whoever, no matter the person’s racial or cultural background. I’m now doing what God called me to do: writing for those who know and writing to those who don’t.”
Jeremy Camp’s “I WILL FOLLOW TOUR” FALL 2016
Featuring Special Guest: Royce Lovett
Sept 9: Orlando, FL – Universal Studios
Sept 30: Charleston, SC – Ashley River Baptist Church
Oct 1: Durham, NC – Catch The Fire Church
Oct 2: Lexington, SC – Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church
Oct. 8: Beaumont, TX – Montagne Center (Lamar University)
Oct 13: Kentwood, MI – Kentwood Community Baptist Church
Oct 14: Louisville, KY – Valley View Baptist Church
Oct 15: Kingsport, TN – Meadowview Conference & Convention Center
Oct 20: Topeka, KS – Light of the World
Oct 22: Lucedale, MS – Lucedale City Park
Oct 23: Albertville, AL – Albertville Fine Arts Center
Oct 27: Mountain Grove, MO – Mountain Grove High School Arena
Oct 28: Muskogee, OK – Muskogee Civic Center
Oct 29: Poplar Bluff, MO – Black RIver Coliseum
Nov 3: Elkhart, IN – The Lerner
Nov 4: Muncie, IN Ball State – Emens Auditorium
Nov 5: Mt. Sterling, KY – Montgomery County High School
Nov 6: Heath, OH – Vineyard Grace Fellowship
Nov 10: Bensalem, PA – Christian Life Center
Nov 11: Cicero, NY- Believers Chapel
Nov 13: Lancaster, PA – Lancaster Bible College