Written by: Richy Jones
Someone to look out for on the RVA music scene is 24 year old R&B/ neo soul artist, Sir Rome. Popping in at local open mic nights, such as B.A.D. Thursdays, Tuesday Verses, and The Roots Jam on Monday evenings, I’ve witnessed this young man’s talent first hand.
Whether he’s performing R&B covers, soulful mash ups, or original tunes, his voice soars high, swings low, and will make you stop mid-order at the bar to see just who is on the mic stirring up your soul. At least such has been this writer’s experience.
Having Bahamian roots, Sir Rome grew up in Chesterfield, VA, singing in his father’s church. A list of some of his biggest musical influences include The Clark Sisters, Kirk Franklin, Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, and Patti LaBelle. Additional motivation comes from a yearning for self love.
His latest E.P. “Rome-Ance” is an unabashed sonic portrait of love, sex, and heartbreak. His wide range as a vocalist and versatility as a songwriter are undeniable in each of the 5 tracks. Intimate and personal, “Rome-Ance” feels like a raw look into Sir Rome’s heart.
“Each song I make is a part of me whether it directly relates or not! So each song I make it’s like a personal challenge to make more and try and dive deeper into myself to do something new and different! But also I do this because I want to break generational curses!” Says Sir Rome.
He’s currently working on releasing a few more singles preempting the release of his full album which he hopes to release by the end of this year.
Blog Author - Richy Jones: Hey, my name is Richy Jones (they/them) and I’m a freelance creative holding it down in RVA. In 2017 I earned a bachelors degree from Virginia Commonwealth University with a discipline in music education. As a former school music teacher, I maintain a passion for sharing my love of music through various media. I’m happy to be apart of the HearRVA team, being a proponent of Richmond’s vibrant and growing music scene. As a hip hop artist, I record and perform under the stage name Qing Richy.