About Us

Born in Saint Paul, MN, Vinny Franco grew up listening to R&B, Classic Rock, and Salsa music. He began singing and performing at the age of 9 and continued to learn various instruments and musical styles. He received classical voice training through Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. During this time, his original music was indie and folk influenced and upon graduation from high school, he found his passion for R&B, Funk, and Pop music.  He began his professional musical career after releasing his breakout single .Dopamine., which garnered thousands of streams on Soundcloud and Spotify with no press or media coverage, connecting him with his first fans. Working alongside JFaye, a twin cities local music producer and Berklee College of Music graduate, Vinny has released over 20 singles. More recently, Vinny Franco's music has been influenced by 70's and 80's funk, creating a fun, energetic listening experience for his fans.

Since then, he has released other singles like Bebe Bonsoir, I Might Never Make It Back, and You Fucked Up My Whole Life which has received over 30,000 plays on Spotify and Apple Music. Vinny Franco's music has been featured in blogs around the Minneapolis area and his single, I Might Never Make It Back, was feature by Chaz Kangas on Go 95.3. He has collaborated with local artists including Yung Wes, Bloodline, Keny Grey, Amanda Yang, Sam Hill, Morgan McCarthy, Lexxii, Talon, Sun The Pisces, and Sumer. 

Franco has performed at venues around the Twin Cities including The Underground Music Cafe, The Red Sea, Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, Hook and Ladder Theater,  7th Street Entry, and recently, a sold out show at Acadia.

Vinny Franco's goal is to connect with people through honest, emotional, uplifting, and most importantly, groovy music.

About Us:
Vinny Franco and the Love Channel is a dynamic and soulful musical collective with a lineup that features a vibrant horn section and captivating background vocals. We draw inspiration from legends like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and Silk Sonic while adding our own contemporary twist.

Our Sound:
Our music is a fusion of soulful melodies, infectious rhythms, and powerful lyrics that tell stories of love, life, and everything in between. Rooted in the traditions of R&B and soul, our sound is both nostalgic and fresh. Expect lush harmonies, groovy basslines, and unforgettable hooks that will have you singing along from the very first note.

Live Experience:
When you attend a Vinny Franco and the Love Channel live show, you're in for a treat! Our performances are energetic, engaging, and downright fun. We love connecting with our audience and creating memorable experiences.

Meet the Band:

  • Vinny Franco (Vocals): The charismatic frontman with a voice that can melt hearts and ignite the dance floor.

The Love Channel Horns:

  • Matt Knudson (Saxophone): Adding a sultry and melodic dimension to our sound with his saxophone prowess.
  • Braden Williams (Trumpet): Bringing a soulful and dynamic brass presence to our music.

Background Vocalists:

  • Kryston Pastrano (Vocals): Providing soulful and harmonious support.
  • Livi Lee (Vocals): Adding depth and beauty to our vocal arrangements.

The Groove Masters (Rhythm Section):

  • Tyler Edwards (Drums): Laying down the irresistible beats and rhythms that define our sound.
  • Wes Mager (Keys): Adding a touch of musical finesse with his keyboard skills.
  • Tyler Trenhaile (Bass): Holding it all together with his groovy basslines.

Our Journey:
Born out of a shared love for soul music, Vinny Franco and the Love Channel are gaining recognition in the music scene. With a growing fan base and a dedication to our craft, we are committed to delivering soul-stirring music that resonates with people from all walks of life.

Join Us:
Get ready to groove, feel the love, and experience the magic of Vinny Franco and the Love Channel. Whether you're looking for the soundtrack to your night out or seeking to immerse yourself in the beauty of soulful melodies, we're here to take you on a musical journey that you won't soon forget.

Follow us on social media, check out our latest releases, and join us at our next show for an unforgettable experience that celebrates the timeless power of R&B and soul. Vinny Franco and the Love Channel - Where the heart meets the groove.