Hip Hop Troubadour Royce Lovett groomed his lyrical skills for years as an underground emcee, growing from influences like Bob Marley, Mos Def and drawing comparisons to Wyclef Jean, John Legend and Lauryn Hill. Lovett has been sharpening his genre-bending style since he chose a career in music. In the time since, he has independently toured the globe and performed alongside the likes of Wale, Vince Staples, George Clinton P-Funk, and more. Lovett released a series of independent albums and after signing with Motown Gospel, released two EPs. He stirred up an inimitable and authentic style steeped in hip-hop, soul, and rock guitar, receiving acclaim from BET, Jet Magazine, and more.
Royce’s debut LP “Love & Other Dreams” instantly comes to life from the first note. Opener “Up For Love” begins with a delicate beat as Royce’s soulful delivery instantly takes hold. This simmering groove slips into artful verses before a powerful hook. Elsewhere on the record, handclaps and jazzy guitars power “Mr. Radio,” while “Ballad” illuminates his vocal range over resounding piano chords. “Sunday Morning” speaks to the families of those incarcerated, and “Hero Song” urges for leaders to stand up. Ultimately, Love & Other Dreams illuminates many sides of Royce as he empowers the listener through each moment and shares a timeless message. Now, armed with new music, Lovett is poised to take his message of love and hope to longtime fans and those just discovering his infectious reggae-infused, hip hop sound during his brief stint on NBC’s The Voice.
“When listeners hear my songs, I hope they walk away feeling heroic,” he muses. “Music doesn't change people. That comes from within. I do think that music can push them over the edge. It’d be amazing if I can help do that.”