Soul singer Vivian Green who’s vocals laced the hit song, “Emotional Rollercoaster” was living the dream. She was doing what she loved to do, sing, and was about to be a new mommy. But when she gave birth, Vivian faced every parent’s worst nightmare: her newborn son, Jordan, was not expected to live due to the diagnosis of a mysterious and rare illness. The news was enough to drive her to contemplate suicide.
“When he was born, I was told he would die in seven days and that [if] he [lived he] might be mentally challenged. He was late to walk and talk and he wouldn’t eat for a year and a half. At that point I definitely didn’t want to be here. I didn’t think it could get any lower than that,” she reveals.
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In the five years since her last album was released, Vivian took time away from music to focus on her son’s health. “We weren’t slaving over the record all this time,” she explains, “I’m a mom, so I’ve really been doing that. My son was born with an unknown syndrome so I’ve really been taking time off to be a mom and to deal with with Jordan. For the first few years it was really hard because he was in and out of hospital, a lot of surgery, all sorts of things that you can go through in a children’s hospital. One year he refused to eat at all and had to be fed through a tube.
Dealing with the pain of Jordan’s condition, in addition to the pain of a recent breakup, helped Vivian to find peace in her faith.
“My spiritual growth skyrocketed. Sometimes you have no choice but to believe that God knows what he’s doing. I realized…