Smooth R&B performer Jerome Woods, born in Benton Harbor, Michigan,
is better known by his stage name Rome. He sang along with his mother’s soul
records (Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke) as well as in the local church choir. He
joined an R&B cover band named Fire & Ice while still in high school and quickly
began traveling the region performing in local clubs and talent contests as a solo
act and with the band.
Rome left Oakwood University in 1989 to pursue his dream of becoming
an R&B singer on the West Coast. He quickly began touring as a back-up
vocalist with R&B singer/songwriters Patti LaBelle and Vesta known for hits
"Once Bitten, Twice Shy", "Sweet Sweet Love", "Special," and her 1989 hit and
signature song, "Congratulations,” in addition to performing in industry
Finally, in 1996 Rome was connected with record producers Gerald
Balilergeau and Victor Meritt who sent his demo tape to RCA Records. The label
signed him immediately and he began working on his debut album, self-titled
ROME, which was released in April 1997. The album soon ascended to #30 on
the Album charts, mainly on the strength of the single, "I Belong to You
(Everytime I See Your Face)," which peaked at #6 in the United States. Rome
had two Top 40 hits from the album, and it was certified platinum.
In 2001 he returned with two albums: To The Highest and To Infinity
(Thank You); the last one is just an alternative edition of Rome2000: Thank
You. Do It followed in 2003, and three years later Sony issued The Best of
Rome has just released his new single, “Close to You” on iTunes!
Check out his website at www.Rome2You.com for booking contact information
and upcoming tour dates.
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