Last week, three-time Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Raheem DeVaughn held a release party for his fifth studio album Love Sex Passion, at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in the Flatiron District of New York City.

Including the lead single “Queen,” the 18-track project features classic R&B tunes that are signature of the 39-year-old self-proclaimed “Love King.” Among the collection of songs are standout tracks like the bouncy record “Pretty Lady,” and the lesser enthusiastic ballad “When You Love Somebody,” which he performed at the party.

He’s having technical difficulties with the microphone but in true performer fashion, he doesn’t stop the show. Instead, he leaves the stage and takes a light jog over to the dj booth. The entire audience, mostly women, follow him along the way.

“Bet you ain’t never heard nobody singing in a dj booth like this before,” he jokes.

It’s not long before the sound crew comes in to get things in working order and get the show back on the road, well back onto the stage really. Quickly after the repair job, the D.C. soul singer makes his way back to the other side of the room, once again taking the crowd with him. But before he continues the performance he asks the bartender for a glass of water and a shot of Hennessy.

He’s now singing to all the women in the room and they know it. Eyes are wide and phones are out with cameras focused. One woman shouts, “I love you Raheem.” He responds, “I love you too baby, touch yourself.”

He ends the night by politely thanking everyone for their presence and support, and asks that they stick around to take pictures with him. Of course, they do.

To help promote the newly released album, DeVaughn is set to guest appear on the 23-city Intimate Truth Tour, alongside Ledisi and Leela James, beginning next week in Los Angeles and finishing up in Atlanta at the end of March.


Be sure to check out Love Sex Passion and catch the “Love King” in a city near you.