With the smooth jazz and urban radio success of her sensual and exotic, easy grooving debut single “Can’t Buy Love,” Victoria White keeps on adding to the list of cool all-star jazz and R&B company she keeps.
The first artist signed to Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White’s Kalimba label, the jazz and R&B influenced singer/songwriter was already vibing with him, longtime EWF guitarist Sheldon Reynolds—who produced her critically acclaimed debut The Upside—and smooth jazz keyboard star Brian Culbertson, who played on the track “Keep On Going.”
Now, with “Can’t Buy Love” spinning on stations ranging from college and commercial terrestrial outlets around the country to Sirius Satellite Radio’s Jazz Café Channel and key internet portals like smoothjazz.com, groovinu.com and groovesuite.com, she’s hanging with more of smooth jazz’s biggest names.
Rising this week from 42 to 30 on the smoothindiestar.com chart on smoothjazz.com, she’s sharing space with guitarists Brian Hughes, Chris Standring and Steve Oliver and saxman Jimmy Sommers. She’s also on smoothjazz.com’s Top Ten SPINcreased chart (with +27 spins this week) with Culbertson, Wayman Tisdale, Earl Klugh, David Benoit, Eric Darius and Nils. In addition, she’s on the Smooth Jazz Chart with Tisdale, Benoit, Culbertson and saxophone sensation Mindi Abair.
The Radio & Records Indicator chart shows White receiving airplay everywhere from Southern California’s KSBR to Little Rock, Arkansas to Springfield, Missouri, in addition to DMX Cable Radio’s Jazz Vocal Blend Channel. “Can’t Buy Love” is a true coast to coast sensation, earning spins in such major cities as Boston, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Houston, Oakland and Las Vegas.
Most of the songs on The Upside were recorded in a unique, cross-country way, with White sending Reynolds the guitar and vocal tracks she recorded at home in South Carolina and Reynolds adding the bass, drums, percussion and other instrumentation that takes her brilliant melodies and lyrics to the next creative level.
“My song ‘Keep On Going’ pretty much sums up my journey as an artist trying to be heard and accepted in this business,” she says. “I’m singing to tell people, whatever you’re good at, go after it, don’t stop no matter how many obstacles you face.”