KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. LA-based violinist, composer, and vocalist V.C.R makes self-styled “cinematic soul” that defies reductive categorizations. Homeschooled in a musical family, she began as a violin prodigy, performing in gospel choirs and string ensembles from age 5. Raised on a strict diet of non-secular music, V.C.R soon found her way to the popular repertoire, leading to obsessions with artists from Chaka Khan to J Dilla. Moving to LA, she quickly became an in-demand guest artist and collaborator, appearing with artists including Yoko Ono, Fiona Apple, Nicki Minaj, and St. Vincent, among many others. In 2019, she published her first book, “The Creative Black Woman’s Playbook,” published by Co-Conspirator Press. Her debut EP, including the single “Minnie Lives,” will be released in summer 2021.