Res Is Ready To Play
Res may be from Philadelphia, but don't count her debut effort, "How I Do" (MCA, June 26), as part of the city's recent neo-soul movement.Res may be from Philadelphia, but don't count her debut effort, "How I Do" (MCA, June 26), as part of the city's recent neo-soul movement.
"It's every genre of music," she says. "It's the aspects of rock music that I like, mixed with the aspects of hip-hop that I like, mixed with the aspects of R&B that I like, mixed with electronica. It doesn't have a name - it's what I like."
Res' varied musical tastes are a product of her upbringing. As a student at the Academy of Notre Dame, an all-girls Catholic prep school in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Res was exposed to rock music. At home, her parents schooled her on the soul of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.
Res' rock-soul musical fusion is firmly felt on first-single "Golden Boys." With characteristic confidence, she says, "It's a hot, energetic song, and it's refreshing [compared] to what's out there now. No one is doing anything like it."
She started demoing her own tunes at the age of 19. Those first cuts landed in the hands of then-Epic A&R assistant Santi White, who offered the singer the chance to join pop/R&B act Groove Theory -- which she promptly turned down.
Having recently performed one of her first gigs, a showcase at New York's Shine, the 23-year-old singer says she is more comfortable onstage than she is in the studio. "When I come out onstage you're going to stop what you're doing. Whether you like it or not, you'll notice me."
The artist adds that it's actually a relief to get onstage at this point. "[In the studio,] I was standing in a booth singing [and] acting that there were people out there vibing with me. It's harder to get into."
Res recently finished a brief road stint with Musiq Soulchild, and she's scheduled to do dates with Soulchild in Greece, Japan, and London this summer.
For its part, MCA will be actively working "How I Do" as a developing-artist project with the "Golden Boys" video being serviced to video outlets in July. "We're looking to build organically first, via word-of-mouth and retail, and then to radio," says Tim Reid, MCA marketing director.
With a title like "How I Do," Res is undeniably an artist who is sure of her musical direction.
"I'm going to listen to the record whether or not anyone buys it," says the singer. "That's the important thing for me -- not just to have a hit song, but to have a record that I like."