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Vincent D’jon Perette, known as Vinx, is musician and former athlete.

Vinx attended Kansas State University on a track scholarship. In 1977, hate nearly took away Vinx’s athletic career and his life when racists burned down his house, along with the home of another black family living in his Kansas City suburb. Vinx was severely burnt by the fire. He overcame his injuries and three years later made the world’s second longest leap in the triple jump. This qualified Vinx for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. When President Jimmy Carter called for an Olympic boycott that year, Vinx’s athletic goals were put on hold.

A deejay in college, Vinx also performed with the Kansas State Jazz Band. In 1978, Taj Mahal invited Vinx to perform with him at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. When Vinx’s Olympic dream was deferred, he turned his back on track, but after two years returned as an assistant coach for the women’s track team at the University of Texas at Austin. In Texas, Vinx rediscovered his Olympic ambitions and began working toward the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. After an injury at the trials took him out of the running for the ’84 Olympics, Vinx stayed in Los Angeles and began working as a fitness trainer for the rich and famous. His clients included Stevie Wonder, George Hamilton and Marisa Tomei.

Vinx’s early years in Los Angeles brought him much triumph and tragedy as he transitioned from his athletic past to his musical future. In 1987, Vinx landed his first recording session with Ernie Watts on his Grammy awarded Musician project. Following Tom Jones’ recording of Vinx’s ballad “Touch My Heart,” Vinx toured extensively with the likes of Rickie Lee Jones, The Bus Boys, Teena Marie, Toni Childs and Robben Ford.

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  • KenclecticTyree

    20,000 plays? Is that it? I know plenty of folk are sleeping on such good music

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • LemonLenka

    I saw him live at JazzDock in Prague and he was incredible!!!!!!!! best show ever!!!!

    1 Oct 2010 Reply
  • NiceNSmooth

    A great all around artist and mad cool people. A must see live.

    17 Feb 2010 Reply
  • studiozappa

    il 24 gennaio suona a vienna/austria ha promesso che sarà a milano in primavera

    23 Oct 2007 Reply

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