Welcome to the Rocks Off 100, our portrait gallery of the most compelling profiles and personalities in the far-flung Houston music community -- a lot more than just musicians, but of course they're in there too. See the entire Rocks Off 100 at this link.
At first glance, you may notice Love Dominique as a svelte stunner with a wide-eyed gaze, a smile that can light up a room and a body that won't quit. Listen to her latest EP, Wicked Heart, however, and you find that she is also a talented R&B artist and songwriter who has been working professionally since 2009.
"My music has been considered sultry, seductive etc... and I agree," Dominique says. "I've created this sound for myself that blends some of the amazing things that I take away from my biggest influences, like the raspiness of Tina's [Turner] voice, the jazz phrasing in Billie Holiday's voice and the sultry low tone of Toni Braxton's voice."
True. Her Wicked Heart trailer, uploaded to YouTube, showcases a singer who has perfected the art of the siren song with a husky alto that plays off of provocative lyrics and a come-hither attitude that belies her short time in the industry. By the looks (and sound) of it, it won't be long before Dominique is purring on a national stage.
Music Scene Pet Peeve: "There's not really a lot going on for R&B music in Houston," sighs Dominique. "It's kinda lumped together as an extension of whatever rap event is going on.
"As far as the music industry as a whole, I'm actually enjoying it right now," she adds. "2013 has been great for me so far. There are a lot of people supporting my Wicked Heart EP, I've been featured in a couple national magazines, touring, corporate sponsorships... just a really great time."
5 Desert Island Discs:
- Tina Turner, Greatest Hits
- 2Pac, Greatest Hits
- Beyonce, Dangerously In Love
- Erykah Badu, Baduism
- Maroon 5, Songs About Jane
First Song You Fell in Love With? "'Sweet Love' by Anita Baker," says Dominique.
Find out more about Love Dominique at lovedominiquemusic.com.
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