Vincent John has spent the greater part of the decade creating timeless Soul/R&B recordings for the likes of legendary artists including Lee Fields, Nicole “Lady” Wray (Missy Elliot, Blakroc), El Michels Affair & more.
While honing his chops as a writer and performer on an array of classic records, John also toured the world as a member of Lee Fields’ renowned band The Expressions, further cementing his status as a multi-instrumental musical force.
In 2016, after relocating from New York City back to his hometown of Philadelphia, Vincent John stepped out on his own to release his debut EP Never Go Back. The record immediately garnered critical acclaim from a wide range of publications, with the likes of Billboard stating “As guitarist for Lee Fields & the Expressions, John knows a thing or two about soul music. But on ‘Heaven Knows’ he finds his own voice in some of the 1980s most timeless pop and new wave artists with a modern electro pop twist, delivered with a soulful sense of honesty.“
In 2017 John released his second EP, Tangerine, a record which expanded his signature 80s pop/r&b sound with touches of afrobeat (“Foolish Game”), world music (“Tangerine”) and even house (“Fantasy”). Along the way, he has always managed to deftly impart a sense of timeless human emotion to his modernist form of expression.
His next release was 2020's Fate EP, a rich, bold collection of confessional synthpop true to Vincent John's form. From summer dance numbers like "Natural" to the stark, minimalist title track, the collection takes risks and leaves a lasting impression.
In 2023 Vincent released the dance floor burner "Rosy Light." The single blends nostalgic New Wave synthesizers and hazy vintage drum machines with modern R&B flourishes. Lyrically, the song is a confession of coming to terms with his own crippling optimism. “I always see things through a rosy light,” sings John, with a despair that implies he knows things won’t work out in the end. With gut-wrenching honesty, VJ grapples with the painful realization that maybe he needs to start over. It is a difficult truth, but one that Vincent John can’t help but deliver with style and beauty.