Romain Virgo will unleash his sophomore album The System this week on May 8 with VP Records. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter delivers a quality set of dynamic, conscious-themed roots and lover’s rock tales. Each song flows seamlessly to the next and shimmers with the vocal delivery of one of Jamaica’s most captivating new voices. Romain teamed up with Jamaica’s top producers on the new album, including Shane Brown (who produced seven of the songs) as well as Donovan Germain and Viking Productions.
Romain Virgo recentlly wrapped a mini U.S. tour and promo run last week, performing in Northeastern cities including Hartford, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City. He will return to NYC on Sat. May 12 to perform at a Mother’s Day concert featuring Sanchez, Cocoa Tea and Christopher Martin held at Amazura in Queens. The same day, there will be a special meet & greet with all the artists at VP Records retail store (170-21 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY 11432) from 2-5pm. On Monday, May 14 Romain will perform a 3-song live acoustic set at Miss Lily’s Variety Store (132 West Houston Street) in Manhattan at 7pm.
It has only been five years since Romain Virgo made history as the youngest winner of TVJ’s popular “Rising Stars” – Jamaica’s equivalent to American Idol. In this short time frame, Romain recorded his debut self-titled album with several chart-topping reggae hits (“Can’t Sleep” and “Wanna Go Home”) and won numerous awards within the Caribbean community. He also made history as the first Jamaican artist to perform at Academy of Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee – where he sung his Reggae’s Gone Country rendition of “All The Gold In California” alongside original vocalists The Gatlin Brothers.
Romain continues this success with his second full-length release The System. Recorded primarily at the legendary Penthouse Studio, these 15 lyrically sophisticated tracks offer compelling accounts of the challenges of living the ghetto life. Songs like “Minimum Wage”, “Another Day Another Dollar,” Press On” and “Not Today” are clear examples of the struggle that many face on a daily basis. And on the gritty first single and video for “I Know Better,” Romain cautions the youth to refrain from picking up the gun despite their desperate circumstances. The album would not be complete without a set of Romain’s romantic antics. His ability to swoon the ladies is evident on tracks like the 2011 reggae chart topper “I Am Rich in Love,” “Broken Heart” featuring Busy Signal, the sensuous rub-a-dub tune “Fired Up Inside” and on a rendition of Adele’s haunting “Don’t You Remember,” which is currently receiving rotation in Japan.