Fear Not

by PaviElle

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Fear Not, a new independently produced record, presents the captivating work of innovative, potent and dynamic neo-soul singer PaviElle French, and represents her much anticipated return to performing after a five year hiatus.

In the past, PaviElle has taken the stage professionally as a vocalist, singer songwriter and spoken word artist, working with Khalil Queen, Everyday People, and as an early member of EduPoetic Enterbrainment, a group integrating spoken word, R&B, jazz, reggae and hip-hop. Her new endeavor is a musical collaboration with bassist, producer and composer Casey O’Brien and presents ten years of her songwriting, all of it deeply personal and autobiographical.

“It’s like you’re opening up and reading my diary,” PaviElle says. “’These songs are my life, the ups and downs of it all.”

In the new recording PaviElle says she’s committed to “honoring the black aesthetic in soul music,” something she fears her generation (she’s 29) has abandoned.

“With the millennials, that black soul music appreciation seems to be gone,” PaviElle says. “And that bothers me. I grew up wanting to be Chaka Khan. That’s the sound and style I loved. I want to hold up that lineage that she carried, and that Aretha carried and also groups like Parliament.”

Indeed, PaviElle’s sound often has the faint flavor of Sly and the Family Stone, or seems to draw on the influences of little Jose James, and Rufus—with the soulful feel of Bill Withers occasionally evident in the groove.

“It definitely has the 70′s R&B feel,” says O’Brien. “It’s a close album, it draws you in and keeps you in that space. You’re taken into the room. There’s no excess baggage. You’re hearing real musicians actually playing together.”

PaviElle hails from St Paul’s Rondo neighborhood, growing up in a family steeped in music. As a devoted music connoisseur, her father introduced her to a wide variety of sounds, her uncle, George Young, played saxophone for Purple Haze, her mother played saxophone as well and her actor/playwright brother Ahanti Young is an accomplished percussionist and performs with her on the new record.

For Fear Not, she strayed only a couple miles from her old neighborhood, recording at St Paul’s Bellows studio with O’Brien on bass and guitar, Ted Godbout on keys, Nick Dodd on drums, Bryan Highhill on trumpet and Tony Beaderstadt on trombone.

While the sound the group captured was vintage, PaviElle brings her own personal style and passionate energy to her singing, making for a fresh sound that’s uniquely her own. She says she always has a way she wants her songs to “swing,” and it’s this free-style emotion, in the scatting and vocalizing, that brings a millennial’s heart-born, contemporary vision to a classic soul music sound.

Press
“The 29-year-old soul singer is stepping into the spotlight with a batch of original songs that prove that she’s more than ready for her close-up…The resulting songs stand in sharp contrast to much of today’s neo-soul music; rather than try to dazzle the listener with flashy hooks or showy vocal runs, PaviElle draws her audience in close to create an intimate, warm, and emotional experience, her voice unspooling one slow-burning and expressive line after another.”

Andrea Swensson – The Current • Full Article

“The St. Paul neo-soul singer started her monthly residency in good style — from giving Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” a soulful bent to Funkadelic-style jams. She uses classic soul to inform her singing, but is no retro stylist. Rather, she makes good use of contemporary rhythms to keep things moving.”

Larry Englund – Star Tribune

“Be Right There,” with it’s minimal production, does exactly what it’s supposed to do – allow the message and the messenger to shine. PaviElle’s shine has been years in the making, but the polish is coming through with dazzling brilliance.”

Harry Colbert, Jr – Insight News • Full Article

“What happened at the end of the night blew me away. I was on the verge of getting on the stage and move my feet and body but I snapped, clapped, and hollered from my seat when PaviElle French graced the stage with her soulful sounds and full band that understood the energy in her songs and soul. She closed the night filling us with affirmations and stories. We were left in awe.”

Nimo Farah - TC Daily Planet

“If anyone ever ask what happened to soul, the answer is PaviElle. Her superlative style crosses genres while remaining solidly grounded in pure, beautiful soul, creating a kind of hypnotic tonal atmosphere that is all kinds of all right.”

TaylorCisco - Newscastic

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released January 17, 2015

01. Runnin’ (P.French/C.O’Brien)

02. I Miss You (P.French/C.O’Brien)

03. Logic and Reason (C.O’Brien/T.Godbout/N.Dodd)

04. Disbelief (P.French/C.O’Brien)

05. Strange Plane (C.O’Brien/T.Godbout/N.Dodd)

06. Sometimes You Wanna Be (P.French/C.O’Brien)

07. Dreams (S.Nicks)

08. Aftertheafter (C.O’Brien/T.Godbout/N.Dodd)

09. Be Right There (P.French/C.O’Brien)

10. The Breakup Song (P.French)



PaviElle – Vocals

Ted Godbout – Keys

Nick Dodd – Drums

Ahanti Young – Percussion

Bryan Highhill - Trumpet

Tony Beaderstadt – Trombone

Casey O'Brien – Bass and Guitar



Produced By Casey O’Brien

Recorded and Mixed by Adam Krinsky & Graham O’Brien @ Bellows. St. Paul, MN.

Mastered by Huntley Miller @ HM Mastering.

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PaviElle's sound often has the faint flavor of Sly and the Family Stone, or seems to draw on the influences of little Jose James, and Rufus—with the soulful feel of Bill Withers occasionally evident in the groove.

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Track Name: Runnin’
Runnin’

Verse I:

Livin’

Breathin’

Learnin’

Strugglin’

Where’s my father?

Loved my mother.

Grew up humble.

Stayed in trouble.

Aspirations, I watched them crumble.

Knew more than I could say.

Them premonitions on my brain.

Tired of livin’ my life this way.

And, I’m weary of this bullshit game.

Need a step up. Need a change.

Got to make this paper, man.

All this work and, shit to show for.

Sometimes, I don’t want it no more.

But, this passion inside of me won’t let me let this music be, so…

If this is what I’ve chosen here than, this will be the life I lead.

But, I’m runnin’.

Hook:

I’m Runnin’.

Runnin’ for me.

Runnin’ for life. (x2)

Verse II:

Reachin’.

Dreamin’.

Pushin’.

Schemin’.

Wanting something to believe in

Fighting demons.

Writing, because my purpose has a reason.

Chip on my shoulder.

And, it grows colder when you have no light.

Nothing is free it seems, you’re hopeless when you have no sight.

Now the pressure’s on.

And, the show must go.

And, I may be young but, I already know that the business is rough.

And, I’m on my own.

I’m a soldier so…Imma take My road.

Beautiful Blessings Bestowed upon me within my Birth.

I will be me. ‘Til the day my body leaves this earth.

I’m Runnin’.
Track Name: I Miss You
I Miss You

Verse I:

Mama I miss you.

And, I think about it everywhere I go.

I can’t believe and get it through my head that I won’t see you no mo’.

I wish you had more time.

It’s hard to try and process.

I think I’m taking too long.

I’m even talking ‘bout you in this song.

Verse II:

Daddy.

I wish.

You didn’t have to suffer that way.

But I know you see a brighter day.

I hope you and Mama,

Are somewhere together.

Once again.

To feel true happiness.

Hook:

I Miss You.

I Miss You.

I Miss You.

I don’t know what to do.

I Miss my Mama. Miss my Daddy.

Lord, yes.

I Miss You…
Track Name: Disbelief
Disbelief

Verse I:

I am on my own.

And, I feel like I won’t make it.

Because when I see the rain, it seems to pour.

And, I’m neglecting health…and, all the time I tell myself

I know there’s something better in store.

Now,

Whatcha gonna do if you quit your job?

And, how you gonna live and can’t afford no cost.

Now,

If you gotta hustle when the times get hard.

Remember most of all, rely in God…

And yourself.

I cannot believe.

That these things are happening to me.

Hook:

I cannot believe.

Tell me what is going on.

I cannot believe!

What’s real out here indeed.

I’m struck by disbelief.

And, I’m not accepting…not accepting

This.

Verse II:

I take two steps forward,

And, infinity back.

My bitterness, deep.

Cause I was dwelling in the past.

But, I’m ever evolving.

And, constantly changing.

Woman of light!

Yes Sir, I will make it.

But, habits are deeper than marrow.

You’ll never impress minds that are narrow.

So, just keep it moving,

Move around and, do your thing.

And, remember most of all,

You are a Queen…or a King.

Yes, You Are.

Hook:

I cannot believe.

Tell me what is going on.

I cannot believe!

What’s real out here indeed.

I’m struck by disbelief.

And, I’m not accepting…not accepting…this.
Track Name: Sometimes You Wanna Be
Sometimes You Wanna Be:

Verse I:

I don’t know maybe it’s me.

Or maybe quite a few.

Who wish the world could see

Things from their point of view.

They judge me without knowing.

They say I got a scandalous life.

Don’t know where I’ve been or going.

But one thing, realize.

Sometimes you wanna be:

Kissed

Sometimes you wanna be:

Missed

Sometimes you wanna have:

Fun.

Sometimes you wanna be:

Loved.

Hook:

La La La La La La La La La

Sometimes you wanna be loved.

Yeah.

La La La La La La La La La

Loved….

Loved….

Loved….

Sometimes you wanna be loved.

(Scat)

Hook:

La La La La La La La La La

Sometimes you wanna be loved.

Yeah.

La La La La La La La La La

Loved….

Loved….

Loved….

Sometimes you wanna be loved.

Verse II:

I don’t know maybe it’s me.

Or maybe quite a few.

Who wish the world could see things from their point of view.

They judge me without knowing.

They say I got a scandalous life.

Don’t know where I’ve been or going.

But one thing, realize.

Sometimes you wanna be.

Sometimes you wanna be.

Sometimes you wanna be.

Sometimes you wanna be.
Track Name: Dreams
Dreams

Verse I:

Now here you go again

You say you want your freedom

Well who am I to keep you down

It's only right that you should

Play the way you feel it

But listen carefully to the sound

Of your loneliness

Like a heartbeat... Drives you mad

In the stillness of remembering what you had

And what you lost...

And what you had...

And what you lost

Hook:

Thunder only happens when it's raining

Players only love you when they're playing

Say... Women... They will come and they will go

When the rain washes you clean... You'll know

Verse II:

Now here I go again, I see the crystal visions

I keep my visions to myself

It's only me

Who wants to wrap around your dreams and...

Have you any dreams you'd like to sell?

Dreams of loneliness...

Like a heartbeat... Drives you mad...

In the stillness of remembering what you had...

And what you lost

What you had...

And what you lost

Hook:

Thunder only happens when it's raining

Players only love you when they're playing

Say... Women... They will come and they will go

When the rain washes you clean... You'll know
Track Name: Be Right There
Be Right There

Verse I:

Let me tell you all about this Brother.

Just if you don't understand.

I'll never find quite another Bottom line he's a hell of a man.

All my heart takes him seriously.

Long term possibilities.

I'm day dreaming about bring his Mrs.

I love the king that he is.

I'm gonna stand by you,

I'm gonna be beside you,

And, I'm gonna love you,

‘Cause, I'm gonna be with you.

Hook:

Imma be…

Right there.

Imma be…

Right there.

Imma be…

Right there.

Imma be…

Right there.

Now you and me,

We got an understanding boy…

Boy you're so good to me...wow

To repay you,

I will never know how.

Hook:

Imma be,

Right there.

Imma be…

Right there.

Imma be…

Right there.

Imma be…

Right there.

Verse II:

Now get it straight.

Now, first things first.

I love that man for all he's worth.

Not concerned about material…

Just looking for what's in his soul.

Predominantly…

Drama free.

Keeps cool under pressure you see.

You know he's tough and he'll tell you in a minute.

Oh Lord,

He is the man for me.

Hook
Track Name: The Breakup Song
The Break Up Song

You said that you’d always be right there for me.

And, I took that to the heart.

I went on a limb and trusted it.

And, I was wrong from the very start.

Basically there’s no reason…

That I’m seein’ for us to keep at this.

Unhappiness is our common ground and,

We are farthest from our bliss.

So, I gotta get away from you.

Because it’s going nowhere.

And, hopefully you’ll see it too.

No longer on cloud nine.

Now I am sober.

I’m seeing the things for what they are.

Like a broken record.

Over and over.

Deep in the arguments and never get far.

I changed to accommodate you -

And, I guess that was my mistake.

I have learned I have to make a choice -

And, this choice I am willing to make.

(song change)

I’m jumpin’ mad.

And, there is nothing you have more to say.

I’m done with talking.

So, move out my way.

You say I’m mean!

I won’t tell you no motherfu*kin’ lie.

I just got to say,

What’s on my mind.

You talk about the way that I do this and that.

I don’t want to hear it!

So go on now scat!!

You hurt me too.

But, just in a different way…

You get me psychologically…

…with them games you play

Hook:

I’m not the one…

So kick the fu*k back.

I’m not the one…

So kick the fu*k back.

Mmm.

(Scat)

So now you’re gone.

Looking towards a new future.

Optimistic are the plans.

Now without you, Sir.

I was so tired.

Thinking that there was something wrong with me.

My mistake, I was wrong.

Just needed clarity.

Now I’m feeling good.

He was blocking the sunshine of my light.

I love ya but, understand…

What’s wrong and what’s right.

Hook:

I’m not the one…

So kick the fu*k back.

I’m not the one…

So kick the fu*k back.

Peace!!