by G. Brown
If you are one of the fortunate, you may have been strolling near the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park when the murmur of voices, giggles of children and even the chirping of birds suddenly seemed too intrusive and discordant as you tried to isolate a soulful melody susurrantly embracing you acoustically.
A voice so mesmerizing you wonder if God has sent an angel to serenade you. In a way, he has. That is the sound of Victory…Victory Boyd. She and her family have been captivating audiences for years as they performed daily in Central Park.
Victory says she started singing when she 4 years old…actually, she says that’s when her singing career started-“I say ‘career’ because I took it so seriously.”
Boyd had to take it “seriously“. She was surrounded by a musical family as one of nine children all of whom also sang, wrote and played instruments like their Dad. Victory says she begged her Dad who was a member of The Detroit Community Choir if she could join the choir even though she was still very little. Her determination and her obvious talent lead her family to bend the rules-“They broke the rules for me. They allowed me to sing and I’m like, I’m not going to let them down.” Quite the contrary, Victory has helped her family build a budding musical empire.
Her Dad John orchestrated an ensemble of his children…a group he called the “Perfect Blend”. They performed everywhere from the streets of New York all the way to the New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Festival. It sounds like an overnight sensation story, but for years Victory and her family could be heard cantillating on city streets, subway platforms and in Central Park. Their melodies rising above the glaring horns, barking dogs and the normal sounds of the country’s biggest city. Just like a siren’s song, Victory voice is beguiling to anyone within hearing distance, but unlike her chimerical counterparts, Victory’s voice was full of promise especially for her family.
The Fader wrote in an article about the singer that she “impressed the hell out of Jay-Z“. The article continues saying when the Boyds played for Jay-Z, he signed the whole family to Roc Nation and debuted Victory’s solo EP “It’s a New Dawn “. The title is a take on Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good”… ironically, an artist Victory is often compared to as well as Stevie Wonder and Roberta Flack.
Like her Dad, Victory likes to write what she feels. On her new album “Broken Instrument”, Victory says it is a metaphor for life–“I found an instrument in the trash on a street corner in Brooklyn…It was broken, so whoever owned it, was like “Well, it’s broken, I’ll throw it out.”there are similarities between the story of this instrument and human life: we’re valuable — sometimes we’re broken, but that doesn’t mean we’re not valuable anymore.”
If you’re not one of the fortunate souls who happen to hear Victory live on the East Coast because you live on the West Coast, then take heart, fortune is smiling your way. Victory is performing a Live concert in Los Angeles at the ACE Theatre. The event is called The Victory Celebration where she’ll debut her Album “The Broken Instrument”. Joining Victory will be Infinity’s Song and The Syncopated Ladies. Save the date for August 28th and visit victoryboyd.com for tickets.
Here’s a clip of Victory singing her rendition of that Simone classic, “It’s a New Dawn”.