Sivion

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Sivion
Birth name Gary James Watson
Also known as Vision
Born (1972-05-11) May 11, 1972 (age 45)
Baltimore, Maryland
Origin Dallas, Texas
Genres Christian hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, author
Instruments vocals, singer-songwriter
Years active 1990–present
Labels Illect
Associated acts Deepspace5, Phat Kats
Website illect.com

Gary James Watson (born May 11, 1972), who goes by the stage name Sivion, formerly Vision, is an American Christian hip hop musician and member of the hip hop supergroup collective Deepspace5. He was also a member of the duo Phat K.A.T.S., which he formed with his brother, who goes by the name Wushu. He has released four studio albums, Spring of the Songbird (2006), Mood Enhancement (2006), Butterfly Sessions with Dert (2010), and Group Therapy (2013), as well as additional live and remix albums and an EP.

Early life[edit]

Watson was born Gary James Watson,[1] on May 11,[2] 1972,[3] in Baltimore, Maryland, with his twin brother, Terry Edward Watson, who is also a Christian rapper, going by the name Wushu. His fathers side of the family is from Maryland and his mothers side is from Texas. He went to University of Miami while his twin brother stayed closer to home attending University of North Texas.[4][5]

Music career[edit]

Watson states that he started taking hip hop music seriously as a career in 1990. He formed the project Phat K.A.T.S. with his brother, himself going by the name Vision and his brother by the name Wushu. Watson eventually changed his name to Sivion, as he discovered that there were several other hip hop artists with the moniker "Vision".[6] Watson explains that he decided on the name Sivion after he misspelled his original stage name in an email to his brother.[7] Watson joined the Christian hip hop collective Deepspace5 during the recording session for The Night We Called It a Day. He started his solo music recording career in 2006, with the studio album Spring of the Songbird, released through Braille's Hip Hop IS Music.[7] A second album, Mood Enhancement, followed the same year, released on July 11, 2006, through Illect Recordings.[8][9] He partnered with Dert for the 2010 album Butterfly Sessions,[10] and a third studio album, Group Therapy, was released on October 15, 2013, from Illect Recordings.[11][12][13][14][15][16] He is part of the hip hop duo, Phat Kats, with his twin brother, Terry.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

  • Spring of the Songbird (June 9, 2006, Hip Hop IS)
  • Mood Enhancement (July 11, 2006, Illect)
  • Butterfly Sessions with Dert (September 7, 2010, Illect)
  • Group Therapy (October 15, 2013, Illect)

Extended plays

  • Here We Go / Sivion for President (January 19, 2010, Illect)

Live albums

  • Live at the Gypsy Tea Room (December 12, 2006, Illect)[17]

Remix albums

  • Everything Is Everything / Brand New Day (May 10, 2011, Illect)[18]
  • Older Now (Remixes) (December 6, 2011, Illect)
  • Butterfly Sessions: Remixed (remixed by Freddie Bruno, February 12, 2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. "COVER CHARGE Work ID No. 331782175 ISWC No. T0722479722 IPI No. 403452300 (WATSON GARY JAMES)". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved February 2, 2016.  COVER CHARGE Work ID No. 331782175 ISWC No. T0722479722 IPI No. 403452300 (WATSON GARY JAMES)
  2. ^ Sivion (SivionDS5) (May 11, 2015). "Happy Birthday shout out to my Twin Brother, Terry aka Wushu from the Phat KATS. I found this old pic…". Twitter. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Gary J Watson in Mount Pleasant, TX". Intelius. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ Cummings, Tony (August 3, 2014). "Sivion: The Dallas-based emcee speaks about the changing face of Christian rap". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ Sketch the Journalist (October 16, 2013). "INTERVIEW: Dallas' Sivion talks "Group Therapy", deepspace5, and burger wars". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved February 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ "aphire :: interviews :: sivion". www.lightonline.org. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  7. ^ a b Shimooka, Tara (November 1, 2006). "Sivion: Vision Reconsidered". Hip-Hop News, Rumors, Rap Music & Videos |AllHipHop. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  8. ^ Hayes, Steve (February 25, 2007). "Review: Mood Enhancement – Sivion". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ Juon, Steve "Flash". "Sivion :: Mood Enhancement :: Illect Recordings". Rap Reviews. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Butterfly Sessions by Sivion on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  11. ^ Hoskins, Kevin (October 10, 2013). "Sivion, "Group Therapy" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  12. ^ Lacy, Dwayne (October 29, 2013). "The best wordsmiths and beatmakers participate in "Group Therapy"". New Release Today. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ Moss, James (May 27, 2014). "Review: Group Therapy – Sivion". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  14. ^ Jones, Grant. "Sivion :: Group Therapy :: Illect Recordings". Rap Reviews. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  15. ^ Gibbs, Lamar (October 14, 2013). "Sivion – Group Therapy". Jam the Hype. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  16. ^ McKay, Aubrey (October 17, 2013). "Album Review: Sivion – Group Therapy". Wade-O Radio. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Live At The Gypsy Tea Room". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Everything Is Everything / Brand New Day remix". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved February 20, 2016. 

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