FRESH: ‘Rain’ – Shiraz

British newcomer Shiraz releases “Rain”.

by Christopher Smith

Shiraz began to shine from an early age, from humble beginnings at age 9, singing and touring with her local choir. It was during this time that she fell in love with the art of performance. From her first solo show at 11 to having her songs being played on international radio at 17, Shiraz is always grafting, always creating and forever evolving. With heavy British Jazz and Soul influences like Amy Winehouse, Corinne Baily Rae, and Duffy, Shiraz’s own style heads in the same direction but with a neo-R&B twist that is beautifully complimented by her smooth as butter vocals and mature writing style.

Over the last year her music has been featured on BBC Introducing Hereford and Worcester, along with being regularly featured on digital radio and music blogs. On the back of being featured on the radio, Shiraz was then invited to play on the BBC Introducing stage at Hay festival to a packed house and has continued to play festivals in and around the Worcestershire area. She will also be supporting City Lights at Birmingham o2 on the 9th November. Her previous two tracks “Done The Dirty” and “Simmer Down” have been snapped up by BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra and Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 show with BBC Sounds calling her ‘one of the UK’s new emerging artists’. Shiraz is making her presence known in the West Midlands and the rest of the world.

Her new single “Rain” arrives alongside a plethora of remixes in a delicious digital pack of electronic goodness. The original track is an electronic, club anthem with strong nostalgic 80’s pop vibes produced and co-written by TILT. The clubland veterans TILT have become a major force in the international dance music revolution with their tribal drums, booming bass-lines, and unforgettable melodies. It’s their driving beat and intense synths that, alongside Shiraz, a 17-year old singer-songwriter from Worcester, who’s vocals make this tune into an almighty earworm. You will be humming this under your breath into the foreseeable future!

For more about Shiraz, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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