New York, NY â€“ R&B sensation Bobby Valentino will hit Apple stores across America offering up the sexy and heart-felt sounds from his sophomore album â€œSpecial Occasion,â€ which was released May 8th on DTP/Island Def Jam, debuting in the Top 3 on Billboard. As part of Juneâ€™s Black Music Month, Bobby will treat fans with his live soulful renditions of the hit single â€œAnonymousâ€ (feat. Timbaland) and other tracks. The crooner of the #1 gold single â€œSlow Down,â€ will perform at Apple stores in seven cities, starting on June 1st in his native Atlanta (see itinerary following).
As a co-executive producer on â€œSpecial Occasionâ€ and with co-writing credits on more than three quarters of the album, Bobby Valentino showcases his vocal talents and musical influences on 14 tracks, working alongside award-winning hitmakers such as Rodney Jerkins, Sean Garrett, Tim & Bob, Delite, Bryan Michael Cox, and Dre & Vidal. Channeling artists like Babyface with his remake of the classic song â€œSoon As I Get Homeâ€ and other influences like Marvin Gaye, Jodeci, and Boyz II Men, Valentino creates a signature sound of lush ballads and club-ready songs with support from artists like DTP co-founder and executive producer Ludacris, Fabolous, and Timbaland. The Timbaland-produced â€œAnonymousâ€ already looks to bring another hit for Valentino, heating up the charts, currently standing at #35 on Billboardâ€™s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and steadily rising.
Inspired by music from a very young age, first tasting stardom in the teen vocal group Mista (produced by Organized Noize) with the 1996 hit â€œBlackberry Molasses,â€ and striking gold as a solo artist with DTP with the 2005 self-titled debut album â€œDisturbing Tha Peace Presents: Bobby Valentino,â€ which rose to #1 R&B/#3 pop, was certified RIAA gold, and spawned the #1 gold hit â€œSlow Down,â€ Bobby Valentinoâ€™s star continues to rise, and â€œSpecial Occasionâ€ shows his talent to make him an artist to watch for many years to come. Valentinoâ€™s smooth voice and passionate delivery on â€œSpecial Occasionâ€ has already drawn some rave reviews, with the Associated Press comparing him to Keith Sweat and Jodeci, calling â€œSoon As I Get Homeâ€ a â€œmust-have rendition of Babyfaceâ€™s classicâ€ and USA Today saying â€œWhether heâ€™s expressing the deepest passion or just playfully wooing, Valentino always does it with gusto.â€
Explains Valentino, â€œEvery song on this album is for a Special Occasion, whether youâ€™re by yourself, going to the club or with that special somebody you love,â€ and Valentino is excited to perform live again and create a â€œSpecial Occasionâ€ for fans in each city. Fans can check out www.dtprecords.com for updates on their city.