I was first blessed by the soulful, angelic voice of Heather Victoria a few years ago when I was discovering the depth of the Jamla Records squad. Having been a fan of both Rapsody and Add-2, I quickly realized the Jamla family ran deep with next level talent and artistry. As I dove deeper into the catalogue, I was fortunate enough to link with a few of the Jamla artists – including Queen Rap, Add-2 and Heather Victoria – for interviews.
Since then, I’ve been anticipating new music from Ms. Victoria. And, praise God, I awoke this morning to see a new record from the Jamla crooner. While today saw a few high profile releases, I’ve had the six and a half minute “Japan” queued up on repeat throughout most of the day.
Featuring smooth production from The Gavin Quintet, “Japan” showcases exactly what makes Heather so captivating. The way her voice flows, emanating from the depth of her heart and soul, has the potential to send chills up and down the listener. And her voice is such a fine balance of sultry and soulful, hypnotic and enchanting – this is R&B in the most beautiful way.
Here’s to hoping “Japan” is just one of many new tracks we get to hear from Heather Victoria in the near future. It’s a welcome tease hearing her sing the hook or chorus on someone’s jam, but the world needs more original solo bops from Jamla’s own, Heather Victoria.