Queen V is doing a small tour to promote her ep, Bridges, which dropped in February. This coast-to-coast, limited stop tour included a private show in Pittsburgh. The proceeds helping support the Sewickley YMCA scholarship funds and raised over $30,000. The concert was in a barn like no other. Privately owned, the venue was literally a converted barn nestled in the hilltops of Sewickley itself. Limited space and ticket availability made possible to only have 200 folks in attendance, so there was not a bad spot in the house. Barn acoustics make for amazing sound and Queen V and 5 of her 6 piece band made the most of it. Mostly originals and a few covers thrown in for fun (Mr. Mister’s Take These Broken Wings”) made a strong set. The highlight of the show is when this incredibly talented group switched out their instruments, making the most of their amazing capabilities. Also joining the Queen V was a resident 11 year old and members of the opening (local) band Laurel Oak Boys. Together they ended the set a personalized version of Here We Go! much to the delight of the Steeler fans in the house.
The previous stop on her “one off” tour was singing the National Anthem and doing an acoustic set for the crowd at Camden Yards prior to an Orioles vs. Yankees game. July will see V and Co. at Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood. The tour will likely wrap in the fall.
Like many, V was classically trained but has always been a rock and roll girl writing her own songs and jamming out on her guitar. Never wanting to be anything other than a musician, the pretty brunette kicked off her career in 1996. The New Jersey native did the usual club tour circuit in NY/NJ clubs then quickly broke into national touring as openers for artists like Twisted Sister, Billy Idol, Bon Jovi and more.
Bridges is the singers 7th album, all produced on her own independent label, Royal Noise.
The first six, including a compilation, Decade of Queen, were straight up rock with V belting out strong vocals reminiscent of other rock and roll queens of the 80’s.
Bridge shows an evolution into a new sound, leaning away from hard rock and bearing (acoustically) toward Indie. With time spent in Nashville collaborating and getting back to her songwriter roots, a softer sound has emerged but with a voice still strong. V describes the ep as, “less distortion/more emotion” and “dialed back with more finesse”. She has been carefully collecting the reactions of her long time fan base and the feedback on the evolution is nothing but love.
Already looking forward to her next project, Queen V says creating music makes her happier than anything else, she feels a driving need to share her art. Her loyal fans encourage and motivate her. Keeping it fresh, innovating and growing are challenges she takes on not just for her audience but also for herself.
Find Queen V’s work on all the usual downloadable outlets, or when you purchase a cd receive the download code as well. www.queenv.com
In case y’all were wondering why V loves the ‘Burgh enough for a private show? Her husband is a guy from Crafton named Bill. Something about football…