And that begins our lively conversation, as the Los Angeles based musician explains that today; this LA weather doesn’t know if it wants to be warm, hot or cold. And no, we’re obviously not making light of anyone’s actual disorder. That being said, I tell Timothy that VA weather is like that all of the time, so I can definitely relate, global warming aside.
Bloom will be in town this Saturday for an intimate concert at a new lounge in Norfolk, for a show sponsored by the Richmond based Virginia Black Music Foundation, of which I am a board member. The singer and multi-instrumentalist, who counts a wide range of influences, including Jeff Buckley, Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix, was born in Texas but reared in Fayetteville, NC. Yet he actually does have a few VA connections, most notably being his musical connections to both Timbaland and Chris Brown.
Bloom won a Grammy Award for his songwriting and production work on F.A.M.E., the hugely successful 2011 “comeback” album by Chris Brown, which finally relegated the Rihanna incident to little more than a noteworthy mistake of his young past. Plus he was signed to Interscope via a joint deal with super producers Polow da Don and local legend Timbaland, till deciding to part ways with the major label system just a few years back.
He credits Timbaland as being the catalyst for that particular deal, and still highly respects him as a producer. “I’m still a fan,” Bloom readily admits, “I love that guy. He’s a freak in the studio.” It was while signed to Interscope that Timothy first gained international attention as a new artist, when the video for his debut single, “Til the End of Time,” sparked repeated lustful views by both women and men. Co-starring the excellent female soul singer, V. Bozeman, the short film featured the two performers totally nude, but tastefully rendered, with artsy lighting and clever camera angles. The success of the video spurred the song up the R&B charts, and even prompted the label to release a 2011 EP featuring the song and video.
“’Till the End of Time,’ the video that I put out with me and V. Bozeman, where we were naked… that was a risk,” acknowledges the preacher’s kid. “People fell into that and it created a buzz.” Now buzz it did. However, following that success, the momentum slowed down for Bloom, and so eventually, the cat that so many people were touting as the next big rock oriented soul singer, think a younger Van Hunt, was actually without a deal. He states that in the aftermath of that departed deal, he really began to hone his craft as a guitarist and pianist, while eventually creating more records.
Tim independently released his self-titled studio album this past January, which led to a secure management team and an ideal distribution deal for his new music. Accordingly, he recently released a deluxe version of the album, featuring 3 new songs. He tells me what the impetus was for his debut album.
“With this actual album, ‘Timothy Bloom’, it’s a small bit piece of my emotions, and at this time, all I want to do is just love on people.” I laugh loudly when he says that, because it sounds funny. Yet of course he doesn’t mean sexually. He’s talking about spreading love to everyone who will receive it. “Music isn’t always about sex, the bling, the cars and the ratchets…”
“You can light candles for your woman,” he continues, “send her flowers…let her know how much you love her.” It may sound cliché, but spreading love through his art is indeed the ministry of Timothy Bloom.
“That’s my true core: love.”
Timothy Bloom is in concert at Norfolk’s LeiAuntes, on Saturday, December 6th at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $15.00 at the door. Call 804-404-2640 for more information, or visit timothybloom.com.