“Can I be honest for a
minute?” asks Rayvon Owen, his smooth voice guiding effortlessly over
effervescent synths on his new single, “Volume.” It’s a fitting opening line to the first
single from his forthcoming EP, given that authenticity is a common theme
within the Virginian artist’s music.
A glowing collection of pop
gems layered with textures of soul and r’n’b and incandescent synth, each song
in Rayvon Owen’s catalogue is a glimpse into who he is as a person, and the joy
that being yourself can bring to not only you, but others. “People go through a lot every day and I
think you can get really down when you’re only hearing negative things about
what people are saying about you, or what people are doing to you. I think that the best thing you can do is to
be yourself and I hope that people find that message through my music.”
Having already garnered
attention from the likes of People Magazine, Huffington Post, USA Today and
Billboard for his 2014 EP, “Cycles,” Rayvon’s ability to bring authenticity and
emotion to his lyrical narrative and melodies is a strength that he only
continues to excel at on his new EP.
His previous single, “Can’t
Fight It,” released on Valentine’s Day, was a special moment in Rayvon’s
life. He used the visuals to come out
publicly as gay. “I was working on
“Can’t Fight It”, and one of my close friends passed away. He was struggling with who he was and what he
wanted to do, and never really accepted himself. And I really was thinking like what legacy
will I leave, is it going to be my authentic self?
Rayvon continued to work on
his music when a few weeks later, love struck.
“I fell in love and it was all so much at once, the death of a friend
who was going through the same thing and then beginning of this relationship,
and it was just like, hitting me over the head.
The universe telling me “you need to get this together.”
Despite knowing the time was
right, Rayvon was nervous to reveal the news, recalling that he even lost
contact with some close friends and family from his home town. “I was so afraid, being from the South and
being black and coming from a more conservative area and growing up in an
environment that is not very conducive to being gay or even questioning your sexuality.” Rayvon adds. Nevertheless, the outpouring of
support from his fans was overwhelming.
“I would get a message from someone who would say this helped me come
out to my parents, or saved me from taking my life. And it’s just like, ok, this is worth it.”
“I love singing about love,
life experiences and my journey growing up to be the person I am today.”