Official Biography of V3
(courtesy of EMI Gospel Records)
V3 are three young women who've got something going on. Something major and memorable, and perfectly made for this moment in time. From smooth R&B grooves, to slammin' hip-hop and gorgeous ballads, sisters LaToya, Sacha and Shelley Vinson have delivered one of the year's most striking self titled albums, poised to explode from one end of the radio dial to the other.
With an ear to the street, and eyes always focused on their higher calling, V3 delivers a message of relevance and urgency. And V3 the album is a profound journey into that rare, anointed place where entertainment, inspiration and worship meet in perfect harmony, and the natural intersection of Gospel and contemporary R&B.
Raised in Atlanta, the children of a pastor/father, and a mother who was a professional singer, songwriter and recording artist, the sisters grew up singing under their mother's careful tutelage, and guided by the spiritual teachings and example set for them by their dad. V3's musical influences lean heavily toward the progressive Gospel acts of their youth-Commissioned, the Clark Sisters, BeBe & CeCe Winans, and Andrae Crouch, among others-as they fuse the inspirations of their mentors with cutting-edge, 21st-century sensibilities to create a sound both exciting and entirely their own.
With LaToya and Sacha both co-writing a number of the album's songs-and receiving the perfect production touch from artist/producer, Antonio, and Josiah Bell & Robert Marvin-better known as Double Dutch- the album packs a lyrical power every bit the equal of its formidable musical punch.
With the album is set for a summer release, V3 is embarking on what promises to be a long and exciting journey; and with their compass and course clearly set. "A lot of people shy away from church and the Gospel, because they think they are going to be judged, or put down, or preached to," says Shelley, "and they don't want to hear that. They just want you to be real with them. And that's exactly where we are coming from. We are just being real-who we are-and not afraid to admit we have the same struggles as anybody.
"We want to entertain people, and show them that there's no contradiction in enjoying yourself and also being a Christian," she concludes. "We're just people, like everyone else, and we're not perfect at all; but you don't have to be perfect in order to receive God's love. Our greatest purpose is just to love people as much as we can, and try to live the kinds of lives where others can really see His love through us. That's why we are here. We want to let our light shine wherever we go."