Kevin Ross Sets Release Date for Debut Album ‘The Awakening,’ Drops New Single ‘Pick You Up’


Emerging singer-songwriter Kevin Ross has announced his debut album, The Awakening, is set to release on March 24 on Motown Records.

“I really look forward to people listening to the inspiration that’s on there,” Ross told Rated R&B in a recent interview. “This is my first album, so I really touched on a lot of things. It’s a very vulnerable and transparent record that speaks on a lot of issues that’s going on now.”

Along with his announcement, Ross also released his new single “Pick You Up.” Over a finger-snapping beat, Ross reminds himself that he must keep his eyes on the prize in order to overcome the obstacles in his path.

Listen to “Pick You Up” by Kevin Ross below.

In addition to “Pick You Up,” the album will include his previous singles “Be Great” and “Long Song Away.” The latter track reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs Chart.

Ross will also join Ro James on his XIX Tour on select dates in North America. The DMV native will start his stint on March 2 at The Howard Theatre. He will play in other cities such as Baltimore, Chicago and Memphis.

The Awakening Track List

1. Be Great (Intro) feat. Chaz French
2. Don’t Forget About Me
3. One I Love
4. Long Song Away
5. Dream Remix
6. Genesis Pt. 1
7. Don’t Go
8. Look Up feat. Lecrae
9. Pick You Up
10. Be Great (Remix) feat. BJ the Chicago Kid
11. Easier
12. Her Hymn
13. Genesis Pt. 2
14. In the Name of Your Love
15. New Man

Kevin Ross Tour Dates

(Opening on Ro James XIX Tour)

March 2 – Washington, DC @ The Howard Theatre
March 3 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
March 5 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
March 7 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club Theatre
March 8 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues – The Cambridge Room
March 9 – Chicago, IL @ The Promontory
March 10 – Kansas City, MO @ Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah’s Casino
March 11 – Memphis, TN @ 1884 Lounge


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Stream Vedo’s New Album ‘From Now On’

Emerging artist Vedo has released a brand new album titled From Now On. The album features 11 tracks, including the Natasha Mosley-assisted song “4 Walls.”

“Guys are too hard to say ‘I Love You’ and the women are too hard to ‘let the man be the man,'” Vedo told Rated R&B. “We need more love. The purpose of the album is to bring back the true essence of R&B and embody the woman.”

From Now On features production by Fortune, Tariq Beats, Paul Cabbin, VOV, Arto Beatz, Eif Keyz, Abel Beats, K City, Dee Money, Major 88, Vontae Thomas, Swiff D and VSN.

Vedo is an Atlanta resident by way of Benton Harbor, Mich. In 2013, Vedo competed on season four of NBC’s The Voice, where he was on Team Usher. After being eliminated and suffering the loss of his mother from stage 4 lung cancer, he continued to channel his musical abilities and push through to chase his dream. Aside from being an artist, Vedo also is a songwriter. He has written records for artists like Jason Derulo, Jacquees and Chris Brown.

Stream From Now On below.

Kevin Ross Releases Visual for ‘Prototype’

In celebration of his birthday (Dec. 8), rising singer Kevin Ross debuted the visual for “Prototype,” lifted from his Drive EP. Directed by Marc Diamond, the dramatic clip opens with Ross taking pictures of a murder scene. When he goes to pull the sheet off the victim’s body, he is surprised to see who it is. From there, the video takes viewers back to what led up to the murder.

Watch Kevin Ross’ video for “Prototype” below.

Avehre Finds Himself ‘Shattered’ on New Song

Rising R&B singer Avehre is back with a brand new track called “Shattered.” On the raw and honest track, an emotional Avehre sings about lost love.

In a statement to Rated R&B, Avehre said, “‘Shattered’ is about a love that was meant to last forever — a love I never wanted to fade away. Unfortunately, we grew apart. Everything we built was shattered in the wind. We could have maybe worked it out. We could have rekindled things but I was left standing there alone,” he said. “Sometimes I reflect on past situations and wonder ‘what if?'” I think we’ve all been there. I remember recording this song in the studio and singing from a place of brokenness, yet clarity because I was clear on what we could’ve been had they stayed.”

“Shattered” is not an official single, rather it’s something to hold over listeners while he works on his next project that is slated to release some time in 2018.

Stream “Shattered” below.

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