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Vivian Green is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter and pianist.


Early life

Green was born in the East Oak Lane neighborhood of Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, 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.

In 1994, she wrote songs for many artists, including Britney Spears and Boyz II Men. Green has credit for writing "Dear God by Boyz II Men 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.

A Love Story (2001-2003)

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 Avalon". During the spring of 2005, three years after the release of her debut album, Green released her second studio album Vivian, which 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" debut at #102 on the Hot R&B charts.


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 Tracks to appear on the forthcoming album include 'Beautiful' and 'One Of None'.

Personal life

During her three-year hiatus she had a son, Jordan.



Year Album U.S. U.S. R&B Sales and certification
2002 A Love Story

  • 1st studio album
  • Released: November 12, 2002
  • Formats: CD
51 18 U.S. Sales: 531,000
RIAA: Gold
2005 Vivian

  • 2nd studio album
  • Released: March 31, 2005
  • Formats: CD
18 5 U.S. Sales: 46,000


Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. dance
2002 "Emotional Rollercoaster"
A Love Story
2003 "Fanatic"
"What Is Love?"
2005 "Gotta Go Gotta Leave (Tired)"
"I Like It (But I Don't Need It)"
2006 "Cursed"

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)


  1. Vivian Green - Gotta Go, Gotta Leave (Tired)Billboard. Retrieved:February 11, 2006

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