Singer/keyboardist Felicia Temple serves her own brand of R&B sensuality to the va-va-voomest for an unappreciative lover in her new video, “If That's What You Want.” Her sound is a welcome throwback to bewitching femininity filtered through intense vocal power, à la Chanté Moore.
A native of Teaneck, New Jersey, Felicia grew up in a home filled with music. As she remembers it, “Everyone sang and played multiple instruments. I spent many evenings in the studio doing homework while my father recorded. I never received any classical training, just school and regional choirs. I taught myself how to play piano by ear at 13, when Alicia Keys’s Songs in A Minor was released.” She counts Keys, Lauryn Hill and Mariah Carey as singers who’ve influenced her soulful sound.
As this video clearly demonstrates, Felicia is a confident twentysomething who doesn’t shy away from expressing ripe, comfortable-in-her-own-skin sexuality in her songs. “On this latest project [To Whom It May Concern], I want to make some good quality R&B and, at the same time, discuss some taboo topics,” she says. “In the past, it has mostly been males making sensual music and I wanted to share the female perspective.”
Temple’s admirers include INTRODUCING alum Bradd Marquis, who sings Felicia’s praises as a live performer: “[She’s] a beautifully spirited woman who performs with so much passion— and [she] has a little raspy in her voice?! Gets me every time!” Press play and get into the intimate, passionate sounds of Felicia Temple.—Sun Singleton
Sun Singleton is a Virginia-born singer/journalist based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @sunsing.
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