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JoJo Interviews Raheem DeVaughn

January 27, 2008

By Joann “JoJo” Brooker

Love Behind The Melody
I recently had the pleasure of talking with Raheem DaVaughn regarding his latest album and his tour with Jill Scott. We chatted via phone and I was pleased to learn that he is very nice, polite and down to earth. He has a lovely southern drawl. I felt like I was talking to a friend.

Joann: Hi Raheem! What’s up? How are you?
I’m good, I’m good.

Joann: Thank you for taking the time to talk to me, that’s nice.
No thank you it’s my pleasure.

Joann: First of all, congrats on your Grammy nomination! You must be feeling real good about that. Is this your first Grammy nod?

Raheem: Thank you hopefully it’s the first of many. Thank you very much – yes.

Joann: Your first CD came out in 2005. Right?
Yes, uh uh, that’s right.

Joann: What’s different with this new CD? What can we expect that’s different in the music from your first one?
I think this second album is more sexy intimate music – set the mood. I intended to make a love album; a love conscious album. All the songs are love songs. That was done on purpose – you know since the album comes out during the winter and right around the corner from Valentines Day.
Being a balladeer is my strength. I want to make sure I leave a legacy. Definitely one body of work where it’s all love songs – my heart.

My first album had more conscience songs – those are records that would be (meaningful) 15 years from now – I have a lot of that stuff coming like that – projects I’m finishing up.

Joann: A friend tells me that “back in the day” in D.C. a woman by the name of Bey Renee used to have talent showcases in her apartment and you were a featured artist during one of those shows. Is that true? So you’re a seasoned live performer.
Yes – yes I remember Bey Renee very well. Live performing is second nature to me. That’s what I do. I love it.

Joann: I can’t wait to see you live. I read that your dad is a jazz musician (cellist Abdul Wadud). Is that correct?
Yes, he is.

Joann: I’ve listened to a few of the songs on Love Behind The Melody and I like the lyrics of “Customer” – you’re saying stuff like “let me serve you up, super-size with lovin’ on the side.” That’s cute!
Yeah, I like that. (Right here Raheem started being flirty and kinda cute.)

Joann: Are you single? The ladies want to know. Do you consider yourself a ladies man?
That’s a gift and curse!! (He’s very playful – laughing). It can be a curse because you’re forced to have to live up to certain things that you may not be able to. But it is what it is. (Laughing)

Joann: (Laughing) Are you planning to tour this year?
Yes, looking forward to touring with Jill Scott – I’m doing about 31 days.

Joann: Oooo, I love Jill! You and her – that’s a good hook-up.
Yes, Jill is great. I’m real excited about touring with her.

Joann: Are you planning to perform in the New York/New Jersey area any time soon? I would love to see you in concert.
Yeah, I have a couple of dates in Newark but I’m not sure when.

Joann: I bet it’s at NJPAC. Whenever it is I’m definitely going to be there.
Make sure you come and meet me. I want to put a face with the voice.

Joann: Okay, that’s nice!
Joann: If you weren’t in the entertainment business, what do you think you’d be doing in your life? Any other business interests?
I’m a hustler – that’s a good and bad thing (laughing, then more serious). I would probably be a youth counselor – a group home situation. The kids a generation behind me are running wild. They need….somebody must take the initiative. I probably would be working with kids at risk.

Joann: Okay, you would be good at that. You could probably do that down the road.
Yeah, definitely down the road.

Joann: Oh by the way, who are you taking to the Grammys?
If my mom’s not available, no one. I was always told ‘don’t bring sand to the beach’. Lots and lots of women!
(Readers: I guess this means that since there will certainly be lots of beautiful women at the Grammys, why bring a date?)

Joann: (Laughing) Okay, Raheem, thanks so much for talking to me. You are so nice. It has really been a pleasure.
Thank you, it was my pleasure.

Raheem DeVaughn Love Behind The Melody is in stores now. Pick up your copy or order it from

6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2008 2:06 pm

    Raheem seems to be a real down to earth guy! Jo you asked the questions that got his personality!

  2. January 28, 2008 2:07 pm

    Props to JoJo! Very nice interview, especially considering it’s a first. I especially like that she thought to ask Raheem what he’d be doing if he weren’t in entertainment.

  3. January 29, 2008 12:42 pm

    Good job Jojo.

  4. February 1, 2008 5:07 pm

    i love this interview raheem devaughn is da best i have so much love and respect for him and his music. i hope he wins that grammy he really deserves.

  5. February 11, 2008 12:54 pm

    raheem has a kyte channel now we can really see this natural born star in his element. watch his grammy footage filmed by raheem him self from his Nokia N95 camera phone.

  6. March 3, 2008 2:12 pm

    Go jo jo. I dig this interview. Check out the Dream is Real TV on Raheem’s myspace-

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