Velencia Jones did just about everything in entertainment, including hair, makeup and brand management. She also got to know plenty of people in showbiz, which makes her podcast “Champagne and Conversations’ a little more legit.
What started as a pandemic project to check in with her friends and musical colleagues has turned into an especially popular podcast.
In each episode, Velencia Jones, who goes by Champagne Vee, talks to someone noteworthy in the world of music, especially hiphop, her favorite style. Her first podcast featured Doug E. Fresh, and she continues to converse with what many people call hip-hop’s royalty of the past and present.
The topics are always interesting, the champagne is always flowing, and like any good conversation, everyone contributes and gets something good out of it.
What’s your podcast all about?
“Champagne and Conversations” is an interactive discussion with people I call experts, artists and friends. We talk about all sorts of things, everything from what’s happening today to what was happening in the 1980s and 1990s. It’s like being together in the living room. Guests have great things to say and provide Gems for our listeners. We also like to give “Roses” to our guests to thank them. And we drink champagne.
I hope listeners enjoy our respect for these legends of music along with appreciating their art, and everyone enjoys the experience.
Why did you give it this name?
I love champagne and I love conversations. You learn so much.
Who have been some of your best guests so far?
FatMan Scoop was great. Prince Markie Dee, RIP, was so cool. All of them have been open and chill.
Who would you like to have as a guest?
We weren’t able to talk to DMX or Shock G. But we did talk to some people who had successful recordings with both of them. Loose Cannon65, Drag-on and Kasino came on and talked about their memories of X and how special he was and how much he loved his family. MoneyB69 and Young Hump talked about Shock G and how great he was.
Did you ever expect to be doing something like this?
As a small child I talked to everyone. Today I’m doing what I love. This is the great part. I’m also combining it with my purpose so that takes it even further.
Any advice you’d like to share?
Create a plan and move forward. Go for it.
To tune in and hear current and past episodes, visit @champagnenvee on Instagram and Twitter plus Champagne Vee on Facebook. There’s also a YouTube channel, Champagne & Conversations.