“Can I be honest for a minute?” asks Rayvon Owen, his smooth voice gliding 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 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."




Ed Ribeiro: ribeiroe@icloud.com