It’s been a banner year for multi-faceted powerhouse vocalist LiV WARFIELD. Aside from releasing her universally lauded second album THE UNEXPECTED in February 2014, she closes out the year clutching a highly coveted SOUL TRAIN AWARD for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance: ‘Stay – Soul Lifted’ (she was also nominated for Best Independent R&B / Soul Performance: ‘Why Do You Lie?’ and Best New Artist).
“Winning a Soul Train award is such an honor. Thank you Centric, BET and Soul Train for letting me be a part of musical history,” Warfield said. “I’m completely blown away and extremely thankful for winning Best Contemporary Jazz Performance for ‘Stay-Soul Lifted’. Soul Train has been such a musical staple in every household growing up. It’s with great pleasure to be amongst the many great artists whom have come before me.” The Soul Train Awards aired on November 30, 2014 on CENTRIC and BET.
This Saturday, December 6, 2014, in NYC’s legendary Beacon Theatre, Warfield will be a featured performer on Cyndi Lauper‘s annual star-studded “Home for the Holidays” benefit concert. She will perform alongside such luminaries as 50 Cent, Natalie Maines, Patty Griffin, Sufjan Stevens, Rob Thomas, Salt-N-Pepa, and more. Hosted by Rosie O’Donnell and Laverne Cox (of Orange is the New Black), the “Home for the Holidays” event supports Lauper’s own True Colors Fund which works to raise awareness about, and help bring an end to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness. More information on the event can be found here: http://truecolorsfund.org/homefortheholidays/
In 2014 alone, Warfield packed the media with bookings on late night TV, major press breaks in print and online media, and live shows that blew away critics and fans alike. After performing the brassy song “Blackbird” on Late Show with David Letterman, Letterman himself called her “unbelievable!” After she tore up the stage on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, USAToday.com deemed it the “best [late night performance] in a long time.” Her performance on Arsenio wowed SoulBounce who said LiV “radiated so much sizzling sensuality that she likely could’ve taken the stage wearing a garbage bag and sweatpants and still had folks eating out the palm of her hand.” Print and online media were equally as awed, with coverage appearing in People, M Music Magazine, JET, USA Today, Rolling Stone, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, etc.
A seasoned performer who has played alongside artists like Al Green, B.B. King, The Roots, and most notably Prince, who she tours with as a member of his backing vocal group New Power Generation, Warfield describes her style as “alternative R&B Soul with a little bit of rock n roll,” a perfect pairing live on stage with Prince who serves as Executive Producer on this latest effort. While she names Nina Simone, Tina Turner, and Mary J. Blige as a few of her biggest music heroines, it’s Prince who taught her everything about being a performer.
The Unexpected was produced by LiV Warfield and executively produced by Prince.