Raph Solo has released a brand new music video that shows a different side to the out artist. He dances! “It’s all very tongue-and cheek,” he laughs. “I hope fans like the choreography and chutzpah.”
In “Love Lives”, Raph Solo boldly declares that he is no less equal than any other person for who he is or who he loves.
“I have worked very hard to gain the self-respect and acceptance I enjoy today,” he explains. “It’s been a difficult journey but I’m finally at a point where I know that I don’t need anyone’s approval to feel comfortable in my own skin.”
Just a few years ago, Raph admits he fought his feelings for men and even underwent reparative therapy in an attempt to cure himself of his homosexuality. In the end, it was even more damaging to Solo and his self-esteem. “It made me feel like a failure because no matter how hard I tried, I could not change my feelings.”
“Love Lives” was written and produced by Raph. The song is an R&B, modern pop groove; melodic with an edgy tech feel. He says he wasn’t originally planning to release the song. He recorded it on his birthday as a special gift to himself. Ultimately, however, Raph felt its message was an important one and that it reflected his current state of artistry. “I wanted to take my sound onto the streets and into the clubs,” he says.
Born to Lebanese/Chilean parents on the Gulf of Guinea in Nigeria, West Africa, Raph Solo is a singer, songwriter and music producer. He has released three full-length albums, including last summer’s THE ANONYMOUS ICON, featuring “Star” and “Good Morning London”.
Today, Raph is a proud gay man in a loving relationship with an English man from the East Midlands who shares his core values and beliefs.
Raph Solo’s “Love Lives” is being released globally through Angel King Musique and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon as well all other online retail outlets. Visit his website. Follow Raph Solo on Twitter and Facebook.