Velencia Jones loves a lot about life, but especially enjoys fine champagne and great conversation.
She successfully brings both loves together in her new podcast, “Champagne & Conversations,” where she talks to past and present entertainers, all the while sipping bubbly.
But there’s much more to this artist with the gift of gab than a great interviewer sitting down with current and old-school artists, including some crowned “the royalty of hip-hop.”
Velencia Jones, who also goes by Champagne N Vee has done many things in entertainment, from make-up to hair to brand management. She loves being a mom and an entrepreneur and is looking forward to seeing how the podcast develops along with other luxury-focused projects in the works.
She recently shared details about her new show, her favorite entertainers, and how it’s going trying to find her purpose.
How would you describe yourself?
I’m a businesswoman. I’m a mom. I’m a ‘Glam Ma’ and I’m a friend.
Please describe your podcast.
What we’re doing is a new visual podcast every week, 2 times a week on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5pm EST/2pm PST. We say it’s a flow of love and light, with the idea of being in a living room discussing things with a friend. We talk about music, current affairs, lifestyle, and other topics with some of the greats of hip hop and R&B. We also bring in our friends and other experts. The goal originally was to connect with others during COVID lockdowns.
Were you affected by COVID?
It turned into a positive. Because of lockdowns, I did something with my passion of talking to people by having conversations online. It showed me a lot about myself and the people in my world, and I also had the chance to get to know others and have them get to know me.
How did the podcast name come about?
I love to talk and I love champagne. Talking with people is the best way to learn more about them.
Who have been your favorite guests?
So many! Buddy Lewis, Ruben Paul and Chris Spencer are friends who are comedians. Troop and Ruff Endz from the 1990s, Sybil, the singer and songwriter.
With so much going on, how do you stay grounded?
Boundaries are important. I try to not put too much into any particular area of life, like business, family, multimedia projects, especially ones that might be overly stressful or complicated. I also make sure to find time that’s quiet for myself where I can focus on positives and make time for prayer.
What projects are next?
I have my own brand of champagne coming plus a line of cigars, since I’m all about enjoying the finer things in life. Maybe a book in the future.
What can you tell those who want to do what you do someday?
Start by figuring out what you want. Make sure you’re intentional in what you do. Keep your focus along your path. And GLO, which is my brand.
Follow her on social media on Twitter and Instagram, Champagne & Conversations on Clubhouse and Champagnenvee on Facebook.
All images courtesy of Virgil Odell @virgilodell