“I am constantly amazed that Vlada has retained so much of the beautiful nuances of American Soul music as well as the awesome creative beauty of his native land, Switzerland, into a musical package that appeals to people in any culture!”
— Kirk Whalum
“Vlada is one artist whose musical writing and vocal talent and love for Christ all meet in a wonderful way.”
— Mark Kibble (Take 6)
Take a virtually unknown Swiss-Serbian singer, songwriter and pianist, an all-star cast of musicians and singers and a fusion of soul, funk, gospel and pop and the result is a debut album packed with top quality tracks and a retro 70s vibe.
‘All About You’ has been a labour of love for Vlada. More than six years in the making and completed without the backing of a major record label, Vlada’s debut album features an astonishing line-up of world class performers, such as drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Herbie Hancock, Frank Zappa), bassist Abraham Laboriel (Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles) and guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. (Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Destiny’s Child). And that’s before factoring in ten-times Grammy Award-winning vocal group Take 6 and renowned saxophonist Kirk Whalum!
All the songs on Vlada’s impressive debut album ‘All About You’ (2010) are original compositions – a powerful and highly unique blend of soul, funk, pop and gospel. The sessions with the US all-star band took place in Switzerland in 2003, while the musicians had a couple days off their busy schedule. Vlada remembers, "I had the chance to work with some phenomenal players, some of the best on the planet and to see their work ethic, attitude and their servanthood and humility was quite amazing. We recorded 13 tracks live in the studio within two days, with a maximum of three takes, and I sang live with the band as well." It’s therefore not surprising that Vlada’s debut is reminiscent of Motown and the classic soul/funk records of the 1970s. Further sessions followed in Nashville, after Mark Kibble, the lead singer, producer and arranger of Take 6, suggested to Vlada that he co-produce and finish the album in Tennessee.
Multi-cultural Vlada has the potential to make music that will reach the whole world. Raised in Switzerland to a Serbian family, he later lived in England, Germany as well as in the US (New York and Nashville) for five years. Only recently, he moved back to Switzerland to get married. Vlada speaks five languages fluently, reinforcing the international and wide appeal of the ‘Vlada sound.’ With almost 30 years’ stage experience and hundreds of performances as a lead singer with various projects in Europe as well as the United States, Vlada is ready to embark on a highly promising solo career.
– Mike Rimmer (UCB Radio/BBC, Birmingham UK)