Vivian Sakiyyah Green is an American R&B singer-songwriter and pianist. This Philly native took an interest in all three categories at a very young age. Green has credit for writing ‘Dear God’ by Boyz II Men from their 1997 album Evolution. Green received her big break at the age of 19 when she became a backup singer for Jill Scott, who took her on an international tour. She signed to Columbia Records in November of 2002. That same year, Green released her debut album, A Love Story, which featured the number one dance single ‘Emotional Rollercoaster.’ That record propelled her to stardom. Meanwhile, Green made a cameo appearance in the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely singing a cover version of Porter’s 1930 song ‘Love for Sale,’ which made the film’s soundtrack album. She also played Brenda Holloway in an episode of the first season of NBC’s drama series American Dreams, entitled ‘The Carpetbaggers’ in April of 2003, performing a rendition of Holloway’s 1964 hit ‘Every Little Bit Hurts.’
In 2005, Green appeared on Cyndi Lauper’s The Body Acoustic album on the tracks ‘I’ll Be Your River’ and ‘Sisters of Avalon.’ Vivian’s versatility allows her to connect and interject with artists from various genres. She has countless features and collaborations. From soundtracks to compilations, as well as her own projects, this soulful spirit is never out of work. She’s done festivals and concerts, in addition to TV appearances on BET and Centric’s music series. Green has an extensive resume. It includes work with such artists as Jazmine Sullivan, Talib Kweli, Wyclef Jean, Rihanna and Janet Jackson, just to name a few.
Three years after the release of her debut album, Green released her second studio album, Vivian. It featured the lead single ‘Gotta Go Gotta Leave,’ which peaked at #1 on the dance charts. The song also charted #1 on the Hot Adult Airplay. The second single on that album ‘I Like It’ followed up as #1 on the dance charts also. Between her first & second albums, she took a three-year hiatus, giving birth to her son in 2004.
In April of 2009, Green signed a three-album deal with E1 Music. Her third album, Beautiful, was released exactly a year later in 2010. The songs on that album explore the ins and outs of love from a variety of perspectives—from the youthful romanticism of ‘Somewhere’ to the hard-won intensity of ‘Beautiful.’ In contrast to her first two albums, Vivian approached the recording of Beautiful in a more intimate, organic manner.
In 2014, Vivian Green became the first artist signed to rapper/producer Kwamé’s record label, Make Noise Recordings. Vivid, her fifth studio album, is more uptempo, which is different from what the fans are used to. Vivian is now a full-time advocate for special needs children, speaking publicly about her experiences. This Friday night, downtown at the City Winery, she will be performing her soulful feel good music. The demand for this full of life, zeal, vibrant, light soul is so high, it requires two shows.