“How you ladies doing? Can I help y’all?” – it’s a subtle, but smooth opening statement from Devinn Le’Raay. And you can bet it’ll work. In his latest video for “Facetime,” Le’Raay takes the front desk at his own furniture shop — and when a pair of fetching young women arrive in search of something with memory foam, you know it’s not going to be long before the lights go down and the fun begins. It turns out the “Facetime” they’re after has nothing to do with telecommunications. They’re looking for a far more rewarding way to connect.
And whenever lovers are ready to put their desires into action, Devin Le’Raay has always been ready with the soundtrack. The St. Louis R&B singer specializes in sultry ballads, sweetly-sung salaciousness, lascivious come-ons, and pure sonic steam. His recent EPs No Breaks and Stay Smooth are statements of intent from a love man with a way with words — and an even better way with a seductive melody. He makes music for the amorous, and if for anyone feeling frisky (and it is the season), it’s hard to ask for a more appropriate score than “Facetime.”
On the track, Devinn Le’Raay has help from a like-minded artist. Fellow soul singer Lakes The Voice handles the song’s first verse with the distinctive combination of warmth and excitement that characterizes all of his performances. He sets the stage for Le’Raay’s own performance, which sizzles from the first note, and doesn’t let up until the final echoed drumbeat and whirring synthesizer. The two singers match their voices to a velvety pop-R&B production that’s as soft, plush, and comfortable as a… well, you know.
Mattresses are stacked everywhere in the “Facetime” video. In fact, there are so many mattresses in Devinn Le’Raay’s warehouse that it could easily double as a swank hotel. Once the illumination dims and the mood lighting blinks on, the store becomes a suitable place to dance — and maybe to go farther than that, too. Lakes The Voice leads the two customers into the storeroom, which suits the production because it’s Lakes who kicks off the track. He takes the hand of the more experienced of the two young women; the “innocent” one finds her match and her mattress with Devinn Le’Raay, who has had his eye on her from the moment she walked through his door.
How did you get your start in music? When did you realize this was your passion?
I started singing early as a kid in church. I remember I sang one time and one of the church
members started crying. But I didn’t start recording music until 2018. I woke up one day and
decided to try to write a song. I have been in love with music creation ever since.
How would you describe your style and genre? What makes it unique?
I would describe my style as real R&B. When it comes to male vocalists, I don’t feel we are fully
represented. My music is a blend of throwback R&B with the influence of the instrumentation of
What influences your sound? Is it your environment, your inspirations, your own
My sound is influenced by my experiences. I always felt that every song is not just a new
chapter in a book but is an entirely new book. Next time you listen to one of my songs, close
your eyes and let the book become a movie.
How did you come up with the concept for the “Facetime” music video?
My brother, who is also the director of the video, and I were talking and we were inspired by the
movie Next Friday. Both me and Lakes The Voice mention mattresses so us selling mattresses
was the perfect reason to tie the song to the video concept. We got them special mattresses.
How did you and Lakes The Voice come into collaboration? What was it like working
Me and Lakes are both R&B artists from St. Louis. We were both performing at an event and
talked about working together. Of course, that didn’t happen right away. We started the song
together at Lakes’s house, then weeks later in another studio. We knew immediately this would
be a fan favorite.
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