Soul singer Raheem DeVaughn has a new CD out, his fifth, called Love Sex and Passion. And why not? He’s already known as a popular crooner who makes the kind of music that generates all three. Too bad it wasn’t out for Valentine’s Day, but for some couples Valentine’s Day happens all year long. Those are the ones DeVaughn hopes to capture.

“On the last album I did a lot of interludes and whatnot so I just wanted to get right to it,” DeVaughn says. “I just try to make each album a different experience and an eclectic ride,” DeVaughn says. “Titling the album Love, Sex and Passion was a bold statement within itself. Those three words I think it’s so many layers and nooks and crannies and different places and topics you can talk about. I wanted to make sure when I touched on love that I talked about the good, the bad and the ugly – all of that.”

As is the norm for DeVaughn, and especially so when you record and album named Love, Sex and Passion. DeVaughn says that he tried to choose songs that reflected all the emotions that come along with a passionate relationship.

“As an R&B singer, I think that when you get to your fifth and sixth album it’s challenging to be able to talk about the same subject matter or tell the story poetically,” DeVaughn says. Well, considering how few R&B singers even get to a fifth or sixth album these days, obviously Vaughn is doing something right.”

Does his music reflect his life experiences or is it something borne from fantasies or stories he’s heard from others. DeVaughn is cagey about that.

“I plead the fifth,” he says. “Real talk. I live vicariously through my music. Some of it, I’m more connected to than others. I’m always looking. The challenge is that I love women. You know my motto – touch yourself until I can get to you.”

Well said.

“Music is therapy,” DeVaughn adds. “I try to go back in time and recreated those moments in time like Marvin Gaye and Earth, Wind and Fire and the 90s. This album was heavily influenced by the 90’s the best era in music aside from the 70’s. This is like a retro futuristic throwback.”

Track Listing For ‘Love, Sex and Passion’

1. Welcum 2 Love, Sex & Passion (intro)

2. Black Ice Cream

3. Pretty Lady (ft. Trombone Shorty)

4. Queen

5. Nothing Without You

6. When You Love Somebody

7. All I Know (My Heart)

8. Terms of Endearment

9. Miss Your Sex

10. Baby Come Back

11. Never Never Land

12. Temperature s Rising

13. Sun Roof Room (50 Shades)

14. Strip

15. Countdown To Love

16. Feather Rock Lovin (ft. Boney James & The Illadelph Horms)

17. Infiniti

Raheem DeVaughn is also headed to a city near you. Check out his tour dates below:

The Intimate Truth Tour 2015 Dates:

Feb 27 – Los Angeles – Club Nokia

Feb 28 – Fresno, CA – Tower

Mar 1 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

Mar 4 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center

Mar 5 – Dallas, TX – Majestic

Mar 6 – Tulsa, OK – The Brady

Mar 7 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theater

Mar 8 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

Mar 11 – Chicago, Il – Portage Theatr

Mar 12 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

Mar 13 – Detroit, MI – Motor City Casino

Mar 14 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theater

Mar 15 – Baltimore, MD – Lyric

Mar 18 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center

Mar 19 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theater

Mar 20 – Newark, NJ – NJPAC

Mar 21 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall

Mar 22 – Richmond, VA – Altria Theater

Mar 25 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore

Mar 26 – Greensboro, NC – Cone Denim Entertainment Center

Mar 27 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial Auditorium

Mar 28 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues

Mar 29 – Atlanta, GA – Symphony Hall

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Estelle 02-10-15
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