The smooth ways of Bobby Valentino, the first R&B artist signed to Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace Records, are bringing him back to the top of the charts – as his brand new single “Anonymous” (featuring Timbaland) comes in as the #1 Most-Added record in its impact week at Urban radio.
“Anonymous” sets the stage for the May 8th arrival in-stores of Bobby’s long-awaited second album, ‘Special Occasion.’ Bobby has co-written more than three-fourths of the new album, which also boasts songwriting and production credits from award winning hit makers such as Sean Garrett, Tim & Bob, Delite, Bryan Michael Cox, Dre & Vidal, Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins .
One of the album’s earlier advance tracks, “Turn The Page” (described as “a heartfelt and emotional ballad about trust, love and taking chances in a relationship”) – which was also the #1 Most-Added single at Urban Mainstream radio upon its release.
‘Special Occasion’ is the follow-up to Disturbing Tha Peace Presents: Bobby Valentino, his self-titled debut album of April 2005. His premiere single, the RIAA gold “Slow Down,” rocketed to #1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks chart and bulleted inside the Top 10 on the Hot 100. Bobby’s debut album shot rose to #1 R&B/#3 pop and was also certified RIAA gold, making him the R&B success story of the year.
Channeling the sounds of Babyface, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince and other classic R&B greats in his music, Bobby Valentino tapped into a soul-starved marketplace that can’t seem to get enough of him. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, and raised in Atlanta, the 25-year old first tasted stardom in the teen vocal group Mista (produced by Organized Noize), who delivered a classic hit with 1996’s “Blackberry Molasses.” Bobby eventually returned to school, receiving a degree from Clark Atlanta University in 2003. He was later ‘discovered’ by multi-platinum award-winning rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and his business partner, Chaka Zulu, President, Disturbing Tha Peace, who signed Valentino to DTP.
After completing a 32-city promotional tour of major and secondary markets in early 2005, he appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Live with Regis & Kelly.” Bobby then earned the headlining spot on the year’s hottest package tour, the 7-week “Scream Tour IV: The Heart Throbs,” also starring Bow Wow, Omarion, and Marques Houston, which ran from July through September, presented by BET in conjunction with ACG (Artistic Control Group, Inc.), AWT (Atlanta Worldwide Touring), and So So Def. Bobby’s success was measured with nominations from the 37th Annual Image Awards as Outstanding New Artist, and “Soul Train” Music Awards nominations for Best R&B/Soul Single, Male and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist.Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.