Meet Norman Vladimir, an experimental pop/soul musician living in New York City. Drawing references from jazz, funk, soul, Americana, and classical choral music, Norman Vladimir creates infectious pop melodies and soundscapes that remind you of a moment, take you on a journey, and, in a word, make you feel.
Growing up in small-town Tennessee, Norman Vladimir was raised on a farm and a traditional southern diet of country, gospel, and old school rhythm n’ blues. Early on, he recognized the common thread that ran through these styles that would ultimately lay the groundwork for his songwriting and motive him as an artist. Vladimir first realized his passion for music while singing as a young kid in a children’s choral group, and when he left Tennessee to go to college, he took this passion with him. In college, he honed his vocal skills, his understanding of harmony and blend, and his strength as a performer.
Coming into his own as a songwriter, he moved back to Tennessee, this time landing in Nashville, where he worked hard to create songs that were emotional, honest and accessible. Frequenting open mic nights at the Bluebird Café and other established songwriting venues, Vladimir exposed the world to his exciting new breed of writing while listening intently to those playing around him. He soon decided to take his talents to the Big Apple. Before he knew it, he was living in Manhattan, playing open mics on the downtown scene, and taking the city by a soulful storm.
In the past 2 years his list of accomplishments has exploded: his song “120 Volts” was licensed by The Limited to promote their high-end fashion line, Jodi Arnold; he has shared the stage with many talented artists and performed countless shows with drummer Robert DiPietro (Norah Jones, Jesse Harris, Josh Rouse) and violinist/songwriter Tarrah Reynolds (Harry Connick, Jr., Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys); and he has secured a residency at downtown venue The Living Room, a hot bed for tomorrow’s stars. More recently, he became the lead vocalist for Bill T. Jones’ latest production, Fondly Do We Hope, Fervently Do We Pray, in which he performed for the President, the First Lady, and a star-studded audience for the nationally televised 2010 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. This year, he was ranked #8 of 106 artists and bands in the Deli Magazine's Best of NYC Emerging Artists poll of 2011.