People Need Love is an expression of life through catchy, soulful, grooving tracks. Powerful enough to influence the mind to live, love, and leave all worries behind, THE SMOOTH SOUNDS of Russoul's passionate vocal delivery, will create an ambience for any intimate, fun loving, or easy going occasion. THis album is definitely the soundtrack for any magical, sensual, or intimate encounter between people. Play it on your way to work, on your first date, let it sooth your soul as you bathe in ecstasy. Sing and experience a perspective of a man who is inspired to uplift, as well as inspire humanity to love more, and cherish every relationship created as or lives unfold each day. Spread the word and discuss the different perspectives people have as they search for stability in their personal lives. Understand that God has given us all the ability to choose to be ourselves, but we must make that choice.
When it comes to performing, singing, songwriting, and entertaining, an amazing talent that definitely needs to be recognized and heard, is Russell Pike, Jr. Known as Russoul (russ–Soul!!!!!), this artist, fusses jazzy soulful vocals over rhythmically grooving, syncopated beats. His melodic songs of love, inspiration, and dance will sooth the ears, inspire the mind, and move the hands and feet of anyone who has an appreciation for good music.
In January of 2010 Russoul performed @ the Jamaica Jazz Blues Festival in Montego Bay!! In October of 2008 Russoul won the IMWS Midwest Regional Showcase, beating out 2000 bands in his region. Russoul has opened for artists Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, LL COOL J, New Edition, Eryka Badu, Chaka Khan, Cameo, Frankie Beverly and Maze, and Sam Salter. He also has performed for major events such as the Taste of Chicago 2004-2008; the Winter Music Conference 2006-2008 in South Beach, Miami, with world-renowned house dj Dj Mark Grant.
Attending church, practicing piano, and singing created the foundation for Russoul’s talent. His mother was the Minister of Music at several different churches. He attended Chicago public schools, participated in school choirs, and he loved performing in school plays.. After auditioning and becoming a member of the Soul Children, he continued to grow musically and spiritually. His passion and drive for singing was enhanced as he watched other soloists perform. In the spring of 2000,he later received a Bachelors in Music form Clarke Atlanta University.
Russoul would like to acknowledge God for blessing me with the breathe of life, and the ear to hear and perform the many different songs that I’ve been able to write and record. Russoul would also like to thank my savior Jesus Christ for the renewing of my mind and for this victory. Thank you to my parents for allowing me to tap into myself long enough to develop this art form, also for assisting me during the rockiest stages of my career. Thank you to my brother and sister for always encouraging me as well as sharing your insight. My uncles Kent, Keith, and Nick, for always trying to find different ways to keep me focus and determined. Thank you to all my other family members as well for spreading the word and encouraging me to be my very best.
Thank you to Walt Whitman and SCC , to the music faculty at Clark Atlanta University, Glenn Halsey and the Philharmonic Society, ,Dj Mark Grant, Green Velvet, Groove Parlor, Lashondra Stephens, Eric Shienkop, Bandit, Music Dealers, Dj TwiliteTone, D. Gable, Akello, Icon, Orbert Davis, Mark Ingram, Angela Lanier, Discmakers, Elroy Smith, Tiffany Green, Salina Johnson, Common, Kanye West, Don C., Ramonski Luv, Joe Soto, Howard Mcgee, Tony Scoffield, DJ Lee Farmer Soul Selectors, Dj Phantom and the Heavy Hitters. Don, Regina & Julia Johnson, Earl Powell Eptone,, Justin Boyd, Juice, Lance Loiselle, El, Amedeus, Parish Lewis, Andre Harris, George Daniels, Maurice Mahon, Zaja, Zajee, Treo Logic, Keshia Kedan, Emily Howard, Rick Robinson, AWDACATE , SNNY, Wally Hustin, Bishop Larry D Trotter, Pastor Tyler and 1st Timothy, Crystal Savage, Angelo Pike, BJ Pike, and Daria Amerik.