Thursday, June 23, 2011

Indie Review welcomes Winston Warrior

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Atlanta born and truly Southern raised, Winston Warrior painfully lost his virginity to the music industry in the ‘90s. As an original member of the break-out R&B group, Lo’ Profile, Winston’s budding music career was promising and longevity was the plan. They already had two hit singles, “Missing You” and “Play Melody” on radio rotation and garnered much local industry acclaim. Winston, along with his group-mates, were frequently booked as opening acts for major artists such as Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah, Dru Hill, Soul 4 Real, and Bone Thugs N Harmony.  With packed venues, a growing fanbase, and a successful audition with an influential player in the game, all of the group’s hurdles had been cleared with grace. Success, however, never comes easily and it soon became apparent how crucial a role ulterior motives had played in their achievements and the group split up. While the collaborative dream did not make it to fruition, the ever present longing for Winston to create and fulfill his artistic goals never dissipated. He was now armed with a business degree from the University of Miami and had plenty of production and performance experience under his belt to pursue a path in marketing. Although not in the spotlight as before, success in Winston’s corporate endeavors soon followed and he was able to make new as well as retain the strong industry connections he had from his showman days. Hesitant, however, to reemerge as a musician because he had been away from the game for so long, Winston’s insecurities overshadowed his desire to sing. Fortunately, Winston’s support system was instrumental in encouraging him to reconnect with his music once again. This time, however, he is wiser and in complete control of his artistic vision.  No longer a teenage singer, Winston is more mature.  The sound of his music harkens back to the sounds of one-name legends like Luther, Freddie, Teddy, Barry, and Donny.  Winston’s music is a fusion of smooth hip hop beats and harmonic R&B themes, coined by him as “Vintage R&B”.  His music pays tribute to the feel-good R&B and soul music of the late 80’s and 90’s, but with the edginess of today’s production creativity that will be supplied by collaborations with various producers including Don Vito and Sean McMillion from Don Vito Productions. Atlanta-based producer, Don Vito, widely known for work with Ciara, Cherish, Jagged Edge, Bow Wow, Omarion, and Yung Joc, to name a few, was an early believer and advocate of Winston’s objective. 

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