Vivian Green is an American R&B and soul singer, songwriter and
Green was born May 22, 1979 in the East Oak Lane neighborhood of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and took an interest in singing, playing
the piano, and songwriting at a very young age. At the age of thirteen,
she became a member of a female quintet called Younique. Also, she
is a graduate of Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social
Justice. Green has credit for writing "Dear God" by Boyz
II Men, from their 1997 album Evolution. Green received her big break
at the age of nineteen when she became a backup singer for Jill Scott,
who took her on an international tour. She signed to Columbia Records
in November 2001.
Between her first and second albums, she took a three-year hiatus.
During this time she had son Jordan (2003) ), with ex fiance, drummer
Erik Tribbett. She continues to live in Philadelphia where she is
raising her son as a single parent.
Green released her debut album, A Love Story, in November 2002 in
the U.S. and February 2003 in the United Kingdom, featuring the hit "Emotional
Rollercoaster". In the meantime, Green made a cameo appearance
in the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely singing a cover version of Porter's
1930 song "Love for Sale", which made the film's soundtrack
album. She also played Brenda Holloway in an episode of the first
season of NBC's drama series American Dreams, entitled "The
Carpetbaggers" (originally aired on April 6, 2003), performing
a rendition of Holloway's 1964 hit "Every Little Bit Hurts".
 Vivian (2004-2006)
In 2005, she appeared on Cyndi Lauper's The Body Acoustic album
on the tracks "I'll Be Your River" and "Sisters of
During the spring of 2005, three years after the release of her
debut album, Green released her second studio album Vivian. It featured
the hit lead single "Gotta Go, Gotta Leave (Tired)". The
lead single "Gotta Go, Gotta Leave" debuted at #102 on
the Hot 100, #24 on the Hot R&B, and #1 on Hot Dance charts.
The song also charted #1 on the Hot Adult Airplay. The track known
as "I Like It (But I Don't Need It)" followed up as the
album's second single. The song followed up the previous single "Gotta
Go, Gotta Leave"'s success by charting #1 on the Dance charts.
The third single, "Cursed", debuted at #102 on the Hot
In 2007, Green appeared on Guru's album Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The
Hip-Hop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future on the track "Fine
and Free". While performing at a gig in support of her second
album, Green announced that she is currently recording her third
full length album on Koch Records. In April 2009, she signed a 3-album
deal with E1 Music with the first album under the deal set to be
released in Summer 2009. Her third album titled Beautiful was
released April 6, 2010. The songs explore the ins and outs of
love from a variety of perspectives, from the youthful romanticism
of "Somewhere" to the playful insight of "So Good" and "Better
Man" to the hard-won intensity of "Masterpiece" and "Beautiful."
In contrast to her first two albums, which were recorded in a variety
of studios with multiple producers, Vivian approached the recording
of Beautiful in a more intimate, organic manner. With the exception
of "Save Me," which she cut with Jason Farmer (Keyshia
Cole, Rihanna, Wyclef Jean) in the producer's seat, Vivian recorded
the entire album with Grammy-nominated producer Anthony Bell, a longtime
friend and collaborator who made key production contributions to
her first two albums, and whose extensive resume also includes work
with Jazmine Sullivan, Jewel, Musiq, Raheem DeVaughn and Jill Scott.
Year Album U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Indie Sales and certification
2002 A Love Story
1st studio album
Released: November 12, 2002
Formats: CD cassette
51 18 - U.S. Sales: 531,000
2nd studio album
Released: March 31, 2005
18 5 - U.S. Sales: 46,000
3rd studio album
Released: April 6, 2010
101 26 13 U.S. Sales: 22,061+
Year Single Chart positions Album
2002 "Emotional Rollercoaster"
A Love Story
What Is Love?"
2005 "Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired)"
I Like It (But I Don't Need It)"
 Award History
Lady of the Soul Train Awards
2003: Best Solo R&B/Soul Single "Emotional Rollercoaster" (nominated)
2003: Best Solo R&B/Soul Album of the Year "A Love Story" (nominated)
2003: Best Solo R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist "Emotional Rollercoaster" (nominated)