Hey check out July’s V-Log.
On my way to writing hit songs. I’ve studied day in and day out on hit songs and their song structures. My goals was to learn how to write commercial R&B/Pop songs. During the Myspace days, I would reach out to songwriters in the music industry on how I can do that and I couldn’t get an answer. So I did some more research. I would look at the R&B/Hip Hop Billboard charts and see what were the top 10 hit songs of the week. And I would study those songs.
There were songs I didn’t like that were up there too but I still took notes. I would also look at Billboard’s Top 100 and look at the Pop Songs as well. Since my music would be R&B/Pop I would listen and sing along, til I knew those songs by heart. And now when I write a song, my ways of writing a chorus or a writing a verse was very different.
I would see similarities with my songs and some songs on the billboard charts. I would then sing my songs to some of my friends and they would say that I have hit songs. And that’s how I improved on my songwriting. Now I have more goals such as being a mainstream artist and hope that this inspired you to stay ambitious and never give up on your dreams.
Yours Truly, Val Johnson
BROOKLYN, NY – During a hot summer day, Val Johnson was sitting in his room in Brooklyn, NY, looking through his catalog of songs searching for inspiration for a new song. The hip-hop artist with a flair for traditional R&B looked at himself in the mirror and in a tongue-in-cheek comment said, “Man … I’m handsome.”
Thus was born Johnson’s newest single, “I’m Handsome (Remastered).” It’s not a song about another conceited rapper. It’s a song that uses the word “handsome” as a metaphor for success.
“To me, handsome means having a nice demeanor, being sophisticated, optimistic, manly and extraordinary,” Johnson said. “I think I’m handsome economically, physically, spiritually – in lots of different ways. The song is about me being handsome – being confident in myself and not letting other people bring me down. And it’s also about having fun and hoping all the girls will come to me because I’m good looking.”
The song – which has a music video on YouTube – has already inspired a “Handsome Dance” that is sweeping across the nation. Johnson said he loves that he’s inspiring others through his music because he’s almost always inspired by people – especially girls – when he writes music. He tells the story of a recent encounter with a beautiful woman at a café in Manhattan as an example of how inspiration can strike at any time.
“I saw this girl with an afro and she was looking real nice,” he said. “I thought she was beautiful. And immediately in my head I started writing a song called ‘Shawty With An Afro.’ I came up with the beat and the chorus on the spot, and walked outside and recorded it on the phone. I feel like I have a special gift for coming up with beats and melodies in my head. If I have a lyric, I can come up with a beat in my head and write it or record it on my phone right away.”
Johnson said his sound is unique – self-described as R&B with a hip-hop sound. He said he feels strongly about representing traditional R&B because many of the artists out there today who call themselves R&B artists have, in his opinion, moved away from what truly makes R&B great.
“I feel like I have my own style, and yet I have the traditional R&B style,” he said. “I’m very melodic. Some people might hear it and think I sound like Ne-Yo or Usher. Ultimately I want people to feel inspired and loved. I feel like that’s missing nowadays, especially in R&B. Love is missing. All you hear is sex and drugs and that kind of stuff. I want to bring the love back.”
Johnson’s single, “I’m Handsome (Remastered),” is currently available for download on all digital media download sites. It will also feature on an EP that he plans to release later this year. He’s also made a music video for the song, which can be seen on YouTube.
For more information about upcoming live shows, or to hear more of Johnson’s music, visit his website at ValJohnsonMusic.com, or follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @IAmValJohnson.
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