PaviElle

Fear Not, a new independently produced record, presents the captivating work of innovative, potent and dynamic neo-soul singer PaviElle French, and represents her much anticipated return to performing after a five year hiatus.

In the past, PaviElle has taken the stage professionally as a vocalist, singer songwriter and spoken word artist, working with Khalil Queen, Everyday People, and as an early member of EduPoetic Enterbrainment, a group integrating spoken word, R&B, jazz, reggae and hip-hop. Her new endeavor is a musical collaboration with bassist, producer and composer Casey O’Brien and presents ten years of her songwriting, all of it deeply personal and autobiographical. “It’s like you’re opening up and reading my diary,” PaviElle says. “’These songs are my life, the ups and downs of it all.”

In the new recording PaviElle says she’s committed to “honoring the black aesthetic in soul music,” something she fears her generation (she’s 29) has abandoned. “With the millennials, that black soul music appreciation seems to be gone,” PaviElle says. “And that bothers me. I grew up wanting to be Chaka Khan. That’s the sound and style I loved. I want to hold up that lineage that she carried, and that Aretha carried and also groups like Parliament.”

Indeed, PaviElle’s sound often has the faint flavor of Sly and the Family Stone, or seems to draw on the influences of little Jose James, and Rufus—with the soulful feel of Bill Withers occasionally evident in the groove. “It definitely has the 70′s R&B feel,” says O’Brien. “It’s a close album, it draws you in and keeps you in that space. You’re taken into the room. There’s no excess baggage. You’re hearing real musicians actually playing together.”

PaviElle hails from St Paul’s Rondo neighborhood, growing up in a family steeped in music. As a devoted music connoisseur, her father introduced her to a wide variety of sounds, her uncle, George Young, played saxophone for Purple Haze, her mother played saxophone as well and her actor/playwright brother Ahanti Young is an accomplished percussionist and performs with her on the new record.

For Fear Not, she strayed only a couple miles from her old neighborhood, recording at St Paul’s Bellows studio with O’Brien on bass and guitar, Ted Godbout on keys, Nick Dodd on drums, Bryan Highhill on trumpet and Tony Beaderstadt on trombone. While the sound the group captured was vintage, PaviElle brings her own personal style and passionate energy to her singing, making for a fresh sound that’s uniquely her own. She says she always has a way she wants her songs to “swing,” and it’s this free-style emotion, in the scatting and vocalizing, that brings a millennial’s heart-born, contemporary vision to a classic soul music sound.

Past Shows


Jul
31
st
2019
Turf Club
Jul
31
st
2019
Turf Club
Jun
14
th
2019
Mainroom
Jun
14
th
2019
Mainroom

ROCK FOR PUSSY and an all-star band led by JOHN ELLER

with Adam Levy, CIARAN DALY, CHRIS PERRICELLI and more!
Jul
13
th
2018
Mainroom
Jul
13
th
2018
Mainroom

ROCK FOR PUSSY

with an all-star band led by JOHN ELLER, CIARAN DALY, DAVID J RUSS and more!
Apr
22
nd
2017
First Avenue
Nov
27
th
2015
Mainroom
Nov
27
th
2015
Mainroom

A TRIBUTE TO THE REPLACEMENTS

with The Melismatics, Al Church, NATO COLES & THE BLUE DIAMOND BAND and more!
Jul
31
st
2015
Mainroom
Jul
31
st
2015
Mainroom

Sonny Knight And The Lakers

with Wanda Davis, PaviElle, MAURICE JACOX and more!
Jan
24
th
2015
Mainroom
Jan
17
th
2015
Mainroom
Jan
17
th
2015
Mainroom

FIRST AVENUE’S BEST NEW BANDS OF 2014

with Hippo Campus, PaviElle, Sam Cassidy and more!

More Shows

May
9
th
Fine Line

Greer

with The Honeysticks
Nov
26
th
The Fitzgerald Theater

Dave Simonett

with bnsn rmsy
May
21
st
First Avenue
Sold Out

The Hold Steady

with The Bad Man and Gully Boys
Nov
17
th
NoonChorus

Sylvan Esso