The process of making wine starts with planting a seed. The final product is a result of patience, faith, care, labor, and love. This album is the culmination of those same ingredients. So are we. And after all that social distancing, I wanted to make something that would bring people together.
That started right in the recording process by inviting in super talented local artists like Just Juice, Dezi Garcia, and Adriana Rose to be featured, and provide additional vocals on other songs. I also asked my whole family to be apart of the album, you’ll hear my mom, dad, brother, sister, and best friend, all make cameos at different points to bring the whole vision to life. My guy FlyMunny nailed the classic aesthetic we aimed for in the creation of the Vino bottle for the album cover. Needless to say, I am truly blessed for everyone who took the time to be apart of this.
Even with it dropping on my birthday, on Vino, the term Better With Time doesn’t just mean aging well, as we know wine to do. What it really is speaking to is getting better at using time- that is, spending it- on things that are imperishably valuable. Things that are good for your soul. Throughout the album, I reflect on the time I’ve spent and people I’ve spent it with, how I relate to Time itself in the here-and-now, and how the music I make will in fact have a longer life (or more time) than I will.
For a long time, I kept what I treasured most bottled up. Now I believe there’s a reason God planted this seed in me. My fifth studio project in 3 years represents family, faith, growth, passion, gratitude, good taste, and perfect timing.
This is Vino: Better With Time.