Wrap Up And Watch Out: Veronica V
Hailed by Cash Money as their new ‘r&b princess’, Veronica V has made her arrival on the scene known with her bold debut single 'What happened to Us' featuring 2 Chainz. Promising her fans to always keep 'realness' in all of her music, she talks to The Wrap Up’s Akilah Russell about being a tomboy, starting out in the church, and inspirations…
The Wrap Up: You started out in your church choir and ended up writing songs for some of the biggest music stars in the US. Talk us through your journey into music…
Veronica V: My mum kind of forced me to join the choir initially and I resented her for it at first [laughs], but I had to let go of my inhibitions and I started to view my talent as a gift from God. I remember the first song I wrote; the words just came to me and then the melody fell into place, and that's when I thought that maybe songwriting might be something else I could do.
TWU: How did you get signed to Cash Money Records and what's it like being one of the few girls in the group?
Veronica V: I was recording in the studio in Miami once and the owner of the studio told them that they had to hear some of music and called a meeting. They heard it and said 'we have to have her as a part of the team'. I'm not the only girl on the label, there's Nicki Minaj and Shannel, but it's literally like having a gang of older brothers. When I'm in the studio I am not dressed up, I'm in YMCMB clothes super tom-boyed out. I am a tomboy anyway - most people wouldn't think that to look at me but I really am, so it all works out!
TWU: How hard is it to stand out in the r&b crowd?
Veronica V: Very hard! You have to have a message in your music; fans always respond to that. I'd never go in the studio and be like 'hey just tell what to do and I'll do it'. When people listen to my music I want them to know it came from the heart, and every song means something. Even with 'What Happened To Us', I kept the strength in the lyrics. I'm talking about heart-break, but saying, 'look, you can do you… but what happened to us?'
TWU: Biggest musical inspirations?
Veronica V: Stevie Wonder, definitely. He is, to me, the best; if I want to write I listen to him. If I need vocal inspiration, I listen to him - he is just the best! God blessed him abundantly and he is so humble.
TWU: Have you ever got the chance to meet him?
Veronica V: Well… I didn't officially meet him, but I went to an event in New York and he was there and I was completely dumb-founded [laughs]. Like, I couldn't even do anything. I wanted to cry, laugh and jump up and down… but I had to compose myself!
TWU: How did the 2 Chainz collaboration come about?
Veronica V: They [the label] told me that they were going to get him on the record and I was excited, but then I guess it didn't really register because two weeks later he was on the record and I was like 'wow'. Shocked and happy.
TWU: What are your plans for the rest of the summer?
Veronica V: Right now I am going to travel around Europe for a little bit, I'm going to Paris and Amsterdam. We are hoping to drop the album around the third-quarter of this year so hopefully a tour will be coming up soon.
TWU: Finish this sentence - 'I want them all to understand that...'
Veronica V: I am real. When the make-up comes off, I'm still that little girl from Chicago that just loves to sing.
Words by Akilah Russell (@akilahrussell)