It was years ago when Royce Lovett joked about handing his music to legendary record producer and founder of Motown Records, Bary Gordy. Little did he know that within his future, he would be releasing his debut album from that exact label. From Tallahassee, FL, Lovette received his big break in 2014 when he became signed to Motown Gospel. He went on to release two independent projects for the label including, Write It On The Wall in 2015 and Love Wins a year later.
The blessing of being a husband and father only adds to the achievements of Lovett’s life. While he’s toured beside musical acts such as hip-hop poet Wale, rapper Vince Staples and musicians George Clinton and P-Funk, he’s also received positive acclaim from notable publications and programs such as BET, CBN and Het Magazine.
Lovett’s new album Love & Other Dreams, shows listeners what it means to be an “inspirational artist,” as different melodies and lyrics of hope and love intertwine to express the realities of life in the seven-track project.
Written and produced by Max Stark, with co-writing credits from Lovett the album’s lead single “Up for Love,” sets the foundation for the project as a whole, showcasing the singer’s soulful talent with melodies and instruments as seen in his Nashville Sessions episode with YouTube.
His ability to mix the sounds of hip-hop, soul, and rock is what makes Lovett universally relatable and an inspiration with his contribution to music.
Love This Track received the opportunity to talk with Lovett about his new album, inspirations behind music and love for hip-hop. Check out the highlights below!
How he got his start in music: A lot of people within my family sang a lot. It was always an alternative to many other dreams I had. Doing something like wanting to play sports full-time and then eventually focusing on doing a hip-hop album in my free time.
The process of creating Love & Other Dreams: Relaxed. I would listen to other songs and find samples and listen to the complete record of that sample for inspiration.
Favorite song on the album: Ballad (fly)
Musical inspirations and dream tour companions: Inspirations: Jay-Z. Mos Def. Lupe Fiasco.Dream to tour alongside The Marleys. Lauryn Hill. Bob Dylan.
What determines his future impact on music and maintaining his life: Years ago I started living by three concepts: Security, love, and growth.