Viacommunity’s week of festivities kicking off its 20th anniversary campaign culminated with a VH1 Save The Music Moment performance by V. Bozeman on Friday at Viacom’s global headquarters in Times Square.
After performing her new single Smile for the Viacom employees assembled in the studio, Bozeman sat down with Trell Thomas from VH1’s Save The Music Foundation to discuss her work with the foundation and the motivation behind it.
For Bozeman, understanding of the music industry did not first come when she made her debut on Empire or even when she got signed to Timbaland’s Mosely Music Group, but rather through her high school music program, the primary factor that inspired her to attend Crenshaw High School. While touring with the program, Bozeman sang French songs in cathedrals throughout Europe and gained a work ethic that has helped her get to where she is today.
Prior to performing in Times Square, Bozeman had been in Brooklyn visiting one of the Save The Music Foundation’s participating schools. When speaking about the experience, she said, “I mirror these children, I’m from the inner-city. I’m from South Central L.A. but I’m not of South Central L.A.” She credited the presence of music in her life as being her gateway to the world. After singing with the children and talking about the importance of school music programs, Bozeman wrapped the visit by donating instruments to the school.