BY: SAMANTHA FOUNTAIN
The Brenau Women’s College embraced singer/songwriter Royce Lovett in the amphitheatre on last Wednesday, September 16th. Brenau was the first stop since he left Florida for his “Write It On The Wall” tour. After releasing music independently for ten years, Lovett signed to Motown Gospel. His newest EP, Write It In The Wall, will be released later this year on October 23rd.
Lovett’s performance was filled with some originals as well as old classics which included a few covers such as Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” and Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay”. Throughout his show he remained charismatic and interactive with his audience. He even threw in a few Adventure Time references for a laugh. His stage presence during his performance was unforgettable. The Alchemist had a chance to catch up with him, and here’s what he had to say:
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it?
“I would say if they knew who Lauryn Hill was, Andre 3000, and Bob Dylan, I would say they, some kind of way, made a baby and it was me.”
What about your performances are unique to you as an artist?
“I think there’s appropriate times for things to be theatrical, but I kind of like that there’s not a theatrical part about my shows. I like to get to know people and I usually never have a set list. I figure ‘Oh they like this or they like this, so they’ll like this’. I don’t like talking. I like getting into people’s minds and knowing if they like the music, kind of making myself vulnerable sometimes. I think that’s what I like about my shows. It’s more personable than theatrical.”
Musically, what has been your biggest accomplishment?
“ I guess I would have to say signing to Motown. It just kind of happened. Like I said right place, right time. I didn’t even really want to do it because you hear crazy, horror stories about the industry. So we actually talked for six months until I said yeah, so I guess right now that would be my biggest accomplishment.”
What message or feeling do you like for the audience to take away from your show?
“Love. I think that love is an umbrella to life. You had a good day because somebody loved you, you had a bad day because somebody didn’t. I think that life is about carrying that out to other people.”
How did you come about the decision to partner with feedONE for this tour?
“I’ve never heard of an organization giving one hundred percent, to feeding or clothing or anything; and so when I heard that I was like, ‘Is this real?’. Because most organizations get almost twenty (percent) because they take the money. Some big people pay for their food, and their drinks, and their jets or whatever. And one hundred percent is all I needed to hear.”
What would you like to be remembered for?
“I’d like to be remembered as someone who loved God and actually showed people that he loved God.”