SoulBounce Live: V. Bozeman Live At Highline Ballroom, 5.7.15

Photo Credit: Sean J. Rhinehart

Photo Credit: Sean J. Rhinehart

Your girl V. Bozeman has had quite the year, especially with her role in television sensation Empire getting her even more notice. But while Empire may be her current claim to fame, it's her undeniable talent that has gotten her this far. The bald diva proved that when she took the stage at New York City's Highline Ballroom and showed the crowd that a talent like hers isn't just made for TV.

She began the night by taking the crowd down memory lane to pay tribute to some of her musical icons. First up was a loving rendition of Whitney Houston's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" featuring a few moments that sounded as if V. was the second coming of Nippy herself. From there, she catered to the fellas in the audience with Destiny Child's "Cater 2 U." After the first bit of nostalgia, she delved into her own catalog, including some never-before-heard material she worked on with Timbaland. But she didn't leave those who knew her older material out in the cold, as she lit into a fiery live take of controversial scorcher "Race Jones" and even paid tribute to CeeLo Green with a cover of "Crazy."

To end the night, she trotted out her Empire show-stopper "What Is Love?" as the song's co-writer and Jim Beanz beamed in the crowd and the audience sat in awe of the raw power of her voice. It was a moment they wouldn't soon forget. While she might be riding the Empire wave, she made it clear that her talent isn't an overnight sensation but something firmly rooted and here to stay.

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