Artist Profile: Roxanne DeVinna
Roxanne’s cheerful, friendly, voice and lively laugh welcome me before her body has fully rezzed—and when it does, a vibrantly attired woman with hair the color of fire fills my view. We chat for a bit on voice, and the warmth of that sweet voice fills me with ease as we settle in to discuss her return to the SL music scene, and what fans can expect from Roxanne in the future.
What first got you into the SL music scene?
Music has always been a way for me to share my talent as well as a way to connect to people all over the world. When I gave birth to a special needs son, I joined SL to have a creative outlet. I’ve made clothes, and built tip jars—but nothing satisfies my spirit as much as performing across the grid. When the stay-at-home order began, I returned to SL to provide comfort and joy to others during an uncertain time through my shows.
How would you describe the music that you typically perform?
I love to sing songs that touch people’s spirit—music that really evokes emotion and allows me to connect with my audience. At any of my shows you might hear some Nirvana, some Amy Winehouse, some Nina Simone, some Queen, and some Etta James—all in an hour! Unless a venue prefers a specific style, I love the audience to guide the show with their requests. Lately, I’ve loved to perform romantic songs, big ballads, songs to fall and stay in love to.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Oh this is something I think about often! I’d be honored to collaborate with: Turner Harbrough, Patrice Deextraordinary Virgo, and Winter. If you’ve had the opportunity to go to their shows, you quickly find out that their voices are simply amazing and their stage presence is electrifying. I’d love to make beautiful music with either of these great singers.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
During these times I feel it’s important to leave people better than I found them and that’s my goal with every show. I leave my fans with a message of love, peace, joy, and happiness.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
I’ve performed at Cafe Musique, Lunar Lounge, Higher Ground, MICAH, Tryst, Paracosm—and I enjoy my shows there quite a bit. My favorite venue to perform at is Branagh’s Jazz because as much as I enjoy singing there I enjoy the other performers there as well as the aesthetic of the sim. I have weekly gigs at several of the venues I mentioned above—so the best way to keep up with my shows is to check my calendar at roxannerox.com!
What is your favorite song to perform?
By far my favorite song to perform is Undercover Lover by Melody Gardot. If you haven’t heard it, run to YouTube or Spotify now and allow yourself to engage the husky tones of Melody Gardot’s come hither voice.
Which famous musicians do you admire?
I love a lot of musicians but I especially love Etta James, Beth Hart, and Ella Fitzgerald. Their voices are timeless, their style is just classic.
If you could change anything about the SL music scene, what would it be?
I’d really like the future of the SL music scene to be more inclusive and collaborative. We all perform here as an outlet as well as to express ourselves so it seems natural to me to band together in these times to create resources and opportunities for singers to do what they love. I’d like venue owners to consider the diversity of their venue line-ups, to constantly seek out new talent, and to give different people new opportunities.
What’s next for you?
I’m excited to share that I’m working on making videos featuring the top requested songs I perform. The first one should drop before the end of the month. Other than that, I’m working on songwriting so I can start sharing Roxanne originals with my fans!