PRESENTED BY KATIE WARNER
Victoria Love's industrial rock/world crossover music has a profound, fulfilling quality, as noted in this review of her EP just breathe on the blog Sappho's Torque: "Imagine taking Arabic rhythms and then twisting them slightly to the side. Now fill the space with gothic-friendly vocals and a host of stringed instruments. Give lyrics with...relatable themes: redemptive love, righteous indignation, artistic passion. What you'll find when the dust settles is...a haunting five-track disc that will make you want more even if this isn't the sort of music you normally listen to."
Victoria Love (aka Monique Jamail) hails from Houston, Texas, and has been singing and writing music since 1994 as a self-taught artist. At barely 20 years old, she recorded an 11-song CD entitled Small Victories, which received tremendous positive feedback as it and her live shows grew in popularity in her hometown.
In 2002, after a successful tour, personal tragedy struck, and Love went through a period of self-doubt, hating everything she created, which led to an eight-year hiatus from her music. Looking back on that time of her life, she labels it her metamorphosis: her need to grow up, to ignite her soul. She rid herself of old habits and objects that reminded her of years of burnout, and when the purge ended, she returned to music in a searingly focused, dedicated way.
Among her accomplishments, Love has taught at The Famous Girls Rock Camp and founded "Elle Acoustique," a regular event that celebrates women in music and is in the process of becoming a non-profit organization to support women's music education. In September 2011, she released her EP just breathe and is nearing the finish of her new album Ataraxis with the visionary producer James "Roz" Rosnack from Neurotic Artist Studios in Austin, TX.
Love's music is soulful, introspective. The unique arrangements boast a sound that makes you pay attention from their first notes. Again from the Sappho's Torque review: "The thing about this music is that the sound is so full, it's easy to recede into it, to let the layers of instrumentation...pile on top of you while your subconscious plays around with the vocals. It's a singularly fun experience to lose yourself in it for a while." As reviewer Senseitional in I Am Entertainment Magazine put it, "Victoria Love's music is a breath of fresh air from all the monotony in music today. Love's voice, songwriting, and musicianship combined make her a force to be reckoned with, and I advise other female rockers to stay out of her way if [they] don't want to get [run] over."
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