Wow! What a debut album from this singer/songwriter whose soulful voice has something of the Billie Holidays about it.
And she can turn her hand to a tune too, with these compositions ranging from smoky-jazz to pop and the two covers here (Eric Bibb’s “Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down” and Hoagy Carmichael’s “I Get Along Without You Very Well”) are spine-tingling.
Has she been on Later with Jools Holland yet? If not, expect to see her there very soon.
It’s obvious to even a casual observer of Britain’s jazz scene that there is a resurgence in the art of the song and the craft of the vocalist.
Singer/songwriter Melissa James is set to be one of the finest of this new breed: her unique approach to her craft is immediately apparent on Day Dawns, a strikingly beautiful debut from a vocalist with a deep emotional connection to her music.
Melissa James is a UK based singer/songwriter already building a following on the club circuit with her heartfelt mix of soul and jazz. That fan base is set to expand with the release of this, her debut set – a 13 tracker of varied material given a unity by her warm, velvety vocal delivery.
There’s lots here that’s radio friendly – notably ‘Little Caged Bird’ and ‘Sing’. Both are uplifting and they’d sit comfortably on the Radio 2 daytime playlist.
Brit-based singer/songwriter, Melissa James first began singing seriously while at university, influenced by the likes of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone and the writings of Joni Mitchell.
Acquiring a vocal coach who teamed her with composer and jazz pianist, Ross Lorraine, the two embarked on writing for the Joe Leach-produced project here, which has been some three years in gestation.
London-based singer/songwriter Melissa James kicks off her recording career with a solidly soulful debut album that has been the result of three-years of hard graft.
During that time the singer – whose voice is a finely-nuanced expressive instrument with an inherent, underlying soulfulness – has accrued a devoted fan-base thanks to her captivating live performances in and around the capital.
Singer/songwriter Melissa James has a soulful, jazzy, sometimes Pentecostal vibe, married with a rich, mature voice.
Remember the name Melissa James. The British neo-soul singer is creating a huge underground buzz with her enthralling live performances and forthcoming debut album Day Dawns.
Here, the 36- year-old talk about her blooming career and wanting to contribute to the black British soul experience.