Billy Valentine & The Universal Truth Share Inspired Cut ‘My People… Hold On’

Jazz meets gospel, with societal concerns...

Billy Valentine is one of Black American music’s more quietly influential figures. Not heard of him? That isn’t too surprising. Yet he’s been there in the background for decades now, working with huge names and wining props from the absolute greats.

A lounge singer as a teen, he supported the likes of Roberta Flack before becoming revered as a songwriter and studio figure. Signed to A&M alongside his brother, the pair scored hits as The Valentines and even sculpted a bona fide Quiet Storm classic, too.

Bob Thiele Jr. heads up the reconfigured Flying Dutchman imprint, a revered figure in American music and a close friend of Billy Valentine. He says:

“It was Billy’s voice that sold our songs, making them irresistible to the artists who would cover them. Others caught on and Billy would become the secret weapon of nearly every songwriter in L.A. His vocal performances on demos made their songs (and ours) irresistible to Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, and countless others. And yet, no one outside of the privileged few knew who Billy Valentine was.”

All that should change with new album ‘Billy Valentine And The Universal Truth’. Out on March 24th, it’s a fantastic, riveting listen, packed with bold performances and stunning musicality. A selection of soulful vocals, it will be brought to vivid life at London venue The Forge on April 7th and 8th.

Gilles Peterson has already lauded it as “incredible”, and we’re able to bring you a stellar version of ‘My People… Hold On’.

Jazz meets funk with gospel appeal, the societally-conscious songwriting is matched by an emphatic performance from Billy Valentine, the sense of yearning producing something timeless. It was true then, and it’s true now – Billy Valentine offers something with sheer class.

Check it out now.

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