TIR 169: Vocalist Val Young on Being Funk’s & Rap’s Golden Gal

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Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott “DR GX” Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on THE ONE: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove.

Featured in TIR Episode 169 (2 parts): R&B, funk and hip-hop vocalist Val Young. Having worked with George Clinton and Roy Ayers, she spent several years during the 1980s recording and performing with the Gap Band. She can be heard on that group’s smash hits including “Early in the Morning,” “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” “Outstanding” and “Burn Rubber.”

During the latter part of that decade she connected with Rick James and released two solo albums, Seduction and Private Conversations. She can also be heard on several James songs as well as those by protege acts such as the Mary Jane Girls, including “In My House.”

For the past three decades, Young has kept very backing artists such as Bobby Womack, Teena Marie, Dr. Dre, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Snoop Dogg, Gerald Levert, 2Pac, El Debarge, Charlie Wilson, Teddy Riley and many others. Most recently she has been involved in a revival of the Mary Jane Girls.

RECORDED OCTOBER 2020

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