Released On: Aug 17, 2010
Released By: Wings Music
Setting out from her native Florida, Yvette Rovira traveled to Boston's Berklee School of Music to earn her degree in songwriting, and eventually moved to New York City to craft her self-titled debut album. Working with producer Rob Mounsey (Rihanna, Mary J. Blige) and the same tight family of musicians she's collaborated with in the past few years, Rovira's recorded a dozen tracks that are flavored with Latin-inspired percussion, funk, and old school R&B references, all sung with a distinctive power and passion.
Rovira shares writing credit on ten of the CD's twelve tracks. Notes of inspiration and weight course through "Everybody Stand Up," which opens with the words of no less a spiritual leader than Mahatma Gandhi: "Be the change that you want to see in the world." Rapper Lex Doe adds his distinctive edge to two songs: "City of Lights," which Rovira describes as her "love song to New York City," and "Psychedelia," the singer's take on the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky." Her lyrics resonate with a positive message, whether she's heading for the dance floor on the high energy "Let's Go Out Tonight" or bearing her soul on the pop ballad "Passion," which Rovira says is about her love for music. "Give Me Just a Little Bit of Time," which features M.C. Atlas, fuses pop, gospel and hip-hop into a poignant parable with universal appeal. All this talk of Rovira's ability as a songwriter should in no way detract from her power as a singer. Her voice pulses and soars on soulful anthems like "Fearless," and rides waves of emotion as her vocals intertwine with guitarist Nicholas Cassarino's on the R&B ballad, "Hold Me."
The two songs not written by Rovira are "Love Can Find a Way," written by producer Rob Mounsey and "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream," one of the least well known songs off of Aretha Franklin's 1967 Atlantic Records debut, I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You.