image_7_.jpg Photo courtesy of Michael Katlow Cox Hey everybody, Did ya' miss me? 'Cause I sure missed you ;-) I was away in April for a few shows so I didn't get to connect with you last month, but I'm back with lots of news. First a little about the trip. I did a show in Monte Carlo (home of Princess Grace Kelly) and since we haven't had a vacation in a while, Chris came with and we had a ball! Spent a lot of time being tourists, taking in the beauty of southern France, and its breath taking views. image_3_.jpg We stayed in a bed and breakfast with very lovely hosts so thank you to Tony and Amandine who looked out for us doing our trip! <3 We were in Nice part of the time and took a day trip to Cannes, home to the film festival, which is this month I think, so the town was all abuzz with excitement! Man I could totally live there.. (Sigh..) Luckily, I get to go back there in July, tell you more about it soon ;-) Then straight home to rehearse the very next day with Christina Aguilera for Times 100 Most Influential People.. And let me tell you, that is SOME list. Check it out here http://time100.time.com/ image.jpeg For this event I got to work with the amazing Rob Lewis, (MD for Christina, New Kids On The Block), the magnificent Cheryl "Pepsii" Riley, who is not only the most amazing singer I know, but one of the loveliest people you will ever meet, and another absolute doll Cossandra Kellam who sang her you know what off! As you can see by the picture above, there was lots of clowning, posing and general mayhem! Anyways, back to what's next.. Sooooooo... The unveiling of our new rock band! OPHELIA ONE Starring the stellar Jane Getter and myself, and featuring Chris Parks on bass, John Caban on guitar, and Kevin Bregande on drums! It's been a good minute since we rocked out so this will be a big release of pent up energy 'cause sometimes you really do just need to rock out and let yo' freak flag fly! BEFlyer.JPG_resized Thursday, May 2nd 2013 9PM - $12.00 The Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10012 If you're not hip to Jane Getter, go check her out pronto http://www.janegetter.com, she's been written up in Billboard, Jazz Times, in fact all over the place including last months Guitar Player Magazine. Excited about this new incarnation. Got some new material we'll throw in too. But the real countdown starts now for the release of my new record in July. Yep, you heard me, yep I said it, lol. And I'm gonna leave that right there.. For now ;-) Also on the agenda this month, is the next installment of The Family Room, a live broadcast from our family room featuring the wonderfully talented songstress Karen Bernod, and James "Biscuit" Rouse singing and playing drums, Chris on bass, and me chiming in on a song or 2. Check out Karen here http://www.karenbernod.com Check out James here http://www.jamesrousemusic.com/index The Family Room will air on Sunday, May 12th at 7PM. To view the live broadcast click the link below.. http://www.stageit.com/vivian_sessoms_chris_parks_special_guests_karen_bernod_and_james_biscuit_rouse/the_family_room_presents/23220 Well, I think that about does it for now, but stay tuned, more shows and more music coming very SOON! And remember, music can change the world.. Hugs Vivian