I recently put together a list of my most highly anticipated albums of 2009, and a wish list of artists that I hope to see projects from this year. After seeing Liv Warfield live for the first time last Fall, she was an immediate addition, and I am keeping vigil for news about her next release.

Liv had long been on my radar, but with the overwhelming amount of music I always have on deck, I hadn’t pressed play on her 2006 release, “Embrace Me” before seeing her live performance.

From the moment she stepped on the stage that night and grabbed the mic, I knew all we would be able to do was hold on for the ride. Her self-assured stage presence said loud and clear:“I was born to do this.” So get on board and “Embrace Me.”

Growing up in Illinois in a household that didn’t embrace musical expression, Liv instead filtered her talent into excelling in track and field. I can’t imagine what it must have felt like to hide such a voice. After moving to Portland, Liv honed her skills in part by performing karaoke. She began performing with a hip-hop band in 2002. In 2004, “The Liv Warfield Project” took the Portland music scene by storm. “Embrace Me” hit the shelves in 2006. Oh, but if she would have stayed on this bi-annual schedule, we should have been due a new album last year!

Until that day comes, check out the live performance of some songs from “Embrace Me.” I must admit while I love the studio album, the live versions of the songs are what pull me in. The raw passion and soul she brings to the words on stage reminds me of one of my all-time favorite artists (and one of Liv’s musical idols) Mary J. Blige. Much like when I see Mary, Liv makes you want to get up out your seat, wave your Martin Luther King church fan and get to shouting. She takes you to chuuuuch! Let’s hope this underrated soul singer sees even half the success that Mary has had. It’s truly well-deserved.




Blown away like I was and need to know more? Watch an interview here.

To join my vigil for news about Liv’s next release, visit her official website or her Myspace Page where you can listen to more of her music.

Danielle “Vivrant Thang” Hatchett is a freelance writer and blogger living life like it’s golden in the DC Metro area. She is the creator of Songs in the Key of Life, a music blog (with the occasional personal element) that spotlights underrated soul artists who “don’t be gettin no airplay.” She also maintains a companion You Tube channel where you can view footage of all of her concert adventures. Vivrant Thang has a regular spot here on Urban Thought Collective, and can be contacted at vivrantthang8@gmail.com.

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January 27th, 2009 at 9:37 pm Elsa Harkins says:

Never ever heard of her. Thanks for the intro. ‘Bout to watch these vids.

January 27th, 2009 at 11:02 pm belly says:

damn her voice is crazy! this is some good music

January 27th, 2009 at 11:04 pm Uni Tee says:

a new diva in the hizzouse!

January 28th, 2009 at 10:11 am thelma says:

You have turned us on to some great music so far
Black radio is trippin!

January 28th, 2009 at 10:12 am 2know2love says:

this is fiah!

January 28th, 2009 at 12:08 pm Soulrific says:

I’ve had a copy of Embrace Me in my possession for quite a while now. I love the simplicity of the single, Time, the playfulness of Groove DJ and the smoothness of I Decided.

January 29th, 2009 at 8:57 am Krista Wills says:

I just copped this and couldn’t be happier
Thanks for the hook up I hope this young lady really blows up she deserves it

January 29th, 2009 at 9:06 am Travis Utley says:

good description she is like a lil mary j in training

January 29th, 2009 at 9:11 am buttabrown says:

damn she is rockin out! Its nice to see a real singer for a change and not these overstyled chicks that are there for the looks and not the music
Good pick!

January 29th, 2009 at 9:38 am Uncle D says:

I like your site too its a good place to find stuff no one else is really knowin

January 29th, 2009 at 9:49 am Tracey Abbott says:

Ok its only been like 10 minutes but ‘waitin’ is already my new favorite song

January 29th, 2009 at 9:52 am Raleena Millsap says:


January 29th, 2009 at 1:53 pm Stephanie says:

I love hearing about up and coming soul artists. This is great!

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