“Tablespoon Music” and “Celerity Records” Present:
LOVE SONGS, BEATS AND GUITARS (Release Date – April 1st 2014)
With soul stirring lyrics and a smooth voice to match, Ian Von has — in a short time, captured the attention and hearts of the masses. Smart, witty, God-fearing, and talented are only a few words to describe the triple threat as he now stands to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with.
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, La., Ian grew up in a very musically inclined family with its roots planted firmly in the church. It would be here where he would first hone his skills as a musician. With brothers, a mother, sister, and many cousins gifted musically, music is not just in his soul but is a birth right. One cousin, Micah Stampley, has made quite a name for himself in the music industry by signing with Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Dexterity Sounds/ EMI label. These “in- house” influences helped Ian develop his craft.
With a vocal range spanning several octaves, Ian quickly became a standout within the Baton Rouge church community. Performances with various choirs and groups took him to cities around the world including Detroit, New York, London, and Paris. The trips abroad would serve to expand Ian’s musical appetite, exposing him to a Gospel community with voices unmatched in the secular world. Ian remembers fondly the sounds of the Clark Sisters, the Winans family, Kim Burrell, Fred Hammond, as well as many other Gospel musicians being played around his family home.
A product of the hip-hop generation, the culture was inescapable. Much of the popular music of the day spoke on conditions and a lifestyle not foreign to him. As Ian grew older he became increasingly aware of his surroundings and began to explore the sights and sounds of his neighborhood. Brian McKnight, the harmonies of Boyz II Men, and the street poetry of Nas all influenced the teenager, and as he puts it, would later help him become a more balanced and well rounded artist.
Presently Ian has been working on an R&B Soul project entitled:Love Songs, Beats and Guitars. He is working with Super Producer Veit Renn and Derek “DOA” Aleen among others.
“The heart of this record is to make true to form Romantic R&B music that fuses a reminiscent feel and yet the crosses over POP music’s ideals sonic-ally…”He prays that he can build a diverse audience, but knows that the music will provide a platform from which he can affect many people’s lives.
“I am firm believer in the saying to whom much is given, much is required,” Ian concludes. “So as long as I’m called, I’ll answer.”
In Print: Ian Von has been featured in publications such as 225 Magazine and Clutch Magazine.