*(Los Angeles) – In 2010 Winston Warrior began cutting a path through the music business jungle that has developed into a credible success story.
Through his Independent label Vintage R&B, he’s achieved notable R&B chart action, seen his music videos in rotation on Centric and VH1 Soul and performed countless shows including the prestigious annual For Sister’s Only concert for Atlanta’s V103.
Now, months after the release of his debut album Lifeology 101 the industry has started to take notice. Warrior and his music appear on the first round ballots for both the 3rd annual Soultracks Awards and the 54th Grammy Awards and for this independent artist, the battle continues.
From the set of his music video in Los Angeles for his forthcoming song, the inspirational “Keep It Moving,” Winston Warrior shares, “I am thrilled and humbled to be included on the ballot in four categories in the Soultracks Awards. Nearly a year ago when we started, we dreamed for the music to be embraced and to cut through the pack, but now to see my name on the Grammy ballot with artists like Usher, Johnny Gill, and Chris Brown only makes me want to push even harder. I am very blessed.”
Winston Warrior’s debut single “Bad 4 U” was a Top 30 Urban Adult hit this summer leading to his appearance in September at V103’s For Sister’s Only. Warrior shared the stage with veteran acts Monica, Cee-Lo Green, Tyrese, and Kindred The Family Soul and wowed the audience who had also become familiar with the Atlanta native’s moves from his music video on Centric and VH1 Soul.
Lifeology 101, the debut album by Winston Warrior, was released on the independent Vintage R&B label in May and was immediately featured on iTunes, itself an enviable feat. Warrior remarked “As an artist you have to surround yourself with the very best team to secure the best opportunities. I feel I’ve been able to do that, but only because the changes in the music business have made it possible for Independent artists to work with the best people and break through to the mainstream. Half the Grammy Awards are now going to Indies like me.” Lifeology 101 presents a fusion of smooth hip hop beats and harmonic R&B themes, coined by Warrior as “Vintage R&B” playing tribute to the feel-good R&B and soul music of the late 80’s and 90’s, but with the edginess of today’s production creativity. Production collaborators include Don Vito and Sean McMillion from Don Vito Productions (DVP) and Selasi “The African Kid.” Atlanta-based producer, Don Vito, widely known for work with Ciara, Cherish, Jagged Edge, Bow Wow, Omarion, and Yung Joc, to name a few, was an early believer in Winston’s dream of returning to the mic after spending many years behind the scenes.
View the video for “Bad 4 U” Here: