Westerhall Rums UK, Annabel Kingsman interview on Colourful Radio 12-Jan-2020
D.C.R. interview on Colourful Radio 05-Jan-2020
D.C.R. is Dawn Claudette Rose. A Soulful RnB singer / songwriter of Jamaican parentage born in Manchester but raise in London surrounded by music in her home, which included reggae, soul, gospel and Motown. The likes of Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, Bob Marley and Janet Jackson, to name a few, had a massive influence on her ever growing love for music and entertainment.
D.C.R. started writing poetry at age 9, which then developed into songwriting. She would create songs and use other Artists instrumentals as a backing track, from the flip side of an LP and record her vocals over the top, using her dads Hi Fi system and plug in a microphone he had. She’d record all her vocals onto cassette tape.
D.C.R. would do this regularly in her spare time, as if it were her own recording studio. Then play the songs back to herself later. In her mid-teens she was obsessed with Hip Hop music and Rap, as well as the culture. Her favorite influences being NWA, Run DMC, MC Lyte, Nice & Smooth, Redman , Leaders of the new school and many, many more. She started to write her own rap lyrics and incorporated them in her songs.
D.C.R. was also a natural born street dancer and performed regularly at school and home for fun, but then decided to form a dance crew, with her friend, making a good name for herself, performing as open acts for rappers such as Naughty by Nature and Nice & Smooth. She was creative with her fashion sense and had her own unique style, so would create a lot of her own outfits to perform in.
At age 17 D.C.R. attended Westminster College to study Fashion and Design, as her love of designing clothes and fashion styling grew. She thought she would pursue that side of the fashion world, whilst dancing at live shows in her spare time. D.C.R. completed her fashion design diploma and loved it, but realized whilst there, her heart was still deeply in singing and songwriting, so she went on to study Performing Arts. Whilst there she gained more experience and confidence in singing and performing on stage, as well as acting and contemporary dance. She excelled in Performing Arts, but left just completing her first year, as she decided to travel to Canada to pursue her dreams overseas.
Whilst in Canada Dawn lived with her Uncle for 2 years. She attended Barbizon Academy, which was a model and talent school. This helped her get various auditions for modeling and TV work, which was good exposure for her and led onto her working with a music producer named Sam. They worked together in the studio, writing and creating music with a hope to release. D.C.R performed some of her own songs at various music events, but still wasn’t getting the recognition she craved, so after some long thought, she decided to move back home to London.
D.C.R. realized he only way to pursue her dreams, was to create them herself by putting her own music out for the world to hear with her debut EP ‘D.C.R.’,
which is a collection of soulful, RnB tracks with cool swing beat vibes
and a hint of hip hop.
D.C.R. 2019 single releases: ‘Positive Vibes’ and ‘Old Skool’.
MS1 Project interview on Colourful Radio 24-Nov-2019
The main nucleus of the group Is UK DJ – Mike “DJ Blue” Harrison – Principal songwriter, Percussion, Producer and George “GEO” Harrison – Bass, co-production and signwriting.
The two are brothers have been around music for a long time. Owing to the fact that their Father is a gospel singer and prominent music promoter in the 70’s bringing visiting acts over from the USA and the Caribbean.
Music was all around the household, anything from Soul, Motown, Reggae and even Popular music.
Mike was always creative writing poems ,rhymes and playing percussion. Then in turn crafting basic ideas into full songs.
GEO is also musically creative playing Bass, keyboards and guitar. He also does session work for other acts.
“Music plays a very important part in our lives” .
Donovan Kingjay interview on Colourful Radio 27-Oct-2019
Donovan Kingjay was born in South East London to Jamaican parents. Although his family was not particularly musical, it was obvious that he had a talent. At the age of 19, he made hisfirst public appearance at a local community show and hasn’t looked back since. The early sound system that Singjay (His original name) used was owned by Fred Locks and Frankie One Love of King Original Sound. It was Fred Locks who renamed him. Fred said “How did you get the name Singjay and you a straight singer?”, I replied, “It’s a nickname from a long time. Sing like a Jay Bird”. Fred say “From today de I, you get the crowning of Kingjay from now”. This was in 2005. His early recordings were under the name of Singjay.
Donovan eventually came to the attention of Sugar Minott. who referred to him as his godson, and who had become a huge influence on him. Donovan thought of him as a big brother. Only Jamaica releases so far was “Never Too late”, on his Youthman Promotion Label in the year 2000.
Donovan has released numerous singles with different producers over the years and has currently got 4 releases. “I wish” on Bandcamp, Double-A and AA Red Vinyl Release. “Black Liberation / Great Steve Biko”, “Each One Teach One”, all creating a storm at this time. The next single, “Never Giving Up”, is due to be released August 2019, and several singles are awaiting in the pipeline awaiting producers.
Donovan Kingjay has two albums under his belt, “Higher Meditation” and “Natural Living”, and his next album on the Black Legacy label is scheduled for release at the end of 2019.
Donovan is constantly on the road performing, especially in Europe, where he recently headlined March 2019 at The Grounds in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to a sell out crowd.
Donovan is gradually climbing the ladder of success and is going to be around for a very long time.
Victor Haynes interview on Colourful Radio 20-Oct-2019
Victor Haynes has created a reputation as one of the UK’s most reliably versatile soul and jazz singers. A popular blend of standards and original compositions for concert venues, private parties, restaurants, hotels, clubs and corporate events – whether on stage, in the spotlight, or in the background – entertaining audiences with upbeat dance sets or performing laid-back classics for background ambience.International appearances have stretched from Europe to New York, he has supported “A” list stars for their UK shows and his five well reviewed albums have climbed the soul sales charts.
Victor Haynes’ versatile body of work made him a ‘one-call’ when artists like Edwin Starr, The Drifters, Curtis Mayfield, The Temptations, The Real Thing and The Crusaders needed the perfect support act for their UK shows. His international reputation for urbane style has built over three decades of performing at premier concert venues like Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, clubs, hotels, restaurants, corporate events, private parties and residencies. His versatile professionalism switches comfortably from solo gigs to singing with sax player Dean Houston or his up-tempo Motown-influenced ‘Mainstreet’ band.
Victor is available as a soloist … or with northwest sax legend Dean Houston … or with his own up-tempo Motown-influenced band ‘Mainstreet’. And his bespoke selections of soul, jazz and American swing numbers can include touches of blues and reggae too. As up-tempo or relaxed as you need him to be. Victor Haynes is one of the most respected names in UK soul music. A smooth and sophisticated vocal style that merges soul and jazz classics with original compositions. Timeless … or modern. Slow, easy listening backgrounds of laid-back soul … or faster, up-tempo dance sets.
Since then Victor has polished his relaxed interpretation of classic American jazz, swing and sweet soul music from Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington through to Luther Vandross and George Benson. There’s likely to be some edgy blues too. Even touches of reggae. Victor’s albums have climbed the UK soul charts and his work, at home and abroad, has included appearances in New York, France and Italy. He’s rubbed shoulders with the Rothschild family, the Duchess of York, Nigella Lawson, Dannii Minogue, Mel B and sporting legends from Mike Tyson and Wayne Rooney to Chris Eubank and Frank Bruno.
Back in the day – when a professional singing career first tempted him away from his own business designing and making jewellery – he moved to London and worked with major league soul stars like Jaki Graham, David Grant, Heatwave’s Derek Bramble and Rod Temperton. But, back in Manchester, it was his songwriting and recording partnership with keyboard player Pete May that began to attract attention, radio airplay, a recording deal and a series of acclaimed albums. Victor Haynes is as comfortable on stage in the spotlight as he is in the background. Usually solo. Sometimes with Dean Houston. And, yes … he still sings out with ‘Mainstreet’.
Tey Yaniis interview on Colourful Radio 13-Oct-2019
Born in Dallas, Texas Soul Jones Music Group CEO/Artist Tey Yaniis brings his old soul personality and smooth delivery blending genres such as Neo-Soul, chill out, house, funk and hip-hop to create an exhilarated experience to today’s new and old generation of music lovers.
Tey Yaniis love for music began at an early age playing a variety of musical instruments such as trumpet, violin, cello, and singing in theatre arts. Developing a love for performing and entertainment through music Tey Yaniis embarked on a journey to combine hip-hop and poetry with a live instrumentation soulful sound to create his award winning debut album “The Soul Jones Collection” with the debut single “My Coffee Brown” produced by Bink Wills featuring Chris Keys which reached #36 on top 100 top independent chart on digitalradiotracker.com and being the #1 played single on Santa Clara University college radio station. Tey Yaniis influences include John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Cab Calloway, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, The Fugees, Digable Planets, Blackstar, and more. In addition to being a recording artist Tey Yaniis also is a songwriter in which he believes that tapping into a recording artist mind will have maximum results with bringing a masterpiece of a song. Being an experienced figure in the music industry behind the scenes as a tour organizer, hype man, DJ and more Tey looks to bring his soulful style to the forefront with the launch of his independent record label “Soul Jones Music Group” which Tey Yaniis and Co. will be releasing Tey’s follow up album as well as up and coming soul artist.
Tey Yaniis continues to make his mark in the music industry as a recording artist, songwriter and label head on his own terms. His brand will continue to bring not only soulful sounds but to uplift communities and inspire soulful artist to continue push out music that will help heal and bring light into the world. Tey truly acknowledges the support from his fans and family that keeps him making good music and pushing to greater boundaries. Peace, love unity and respect.
Adelaide Mackenzie interview on Colourful Radio 06-Oct-2019
July 2005 saw the launch of Adelaide Mackenzie’s first album “Daily Process” at The Jazz Cafe. Now after 12 years of musical development and personal growth. The much awaited 2nd album from Adelaide Mackenzie entitled “Simply Me” will be launched on 10th October 2019 at South London’s infamous Jazz Venue, The Hideaway, Streatham, London SW16 2BF.
British born Jamaican, Adelaide Mackenzie who was strongly influenced by reggae and soul, has grown and developed profoundly as an artist and in the last 12 years, has won awards and has been dubbed the Queen of open-mic with her live event “Blessed Souls UK”. With a following of over 2,500 fans of both her music and hosting she has an awesome album to launch that her audience will definitely Love. She has recently wowed an audience as the sole supporting act for American Neo-Soul singer “Goapele” at the Jazz café July 2019, showcasing exclusive tracks from her forth coming album.
This new album is an eclectic blend of soul, reggae and pop fused with Jazz and gospel influences. It also contains elements of spoken word which will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted. It covers messages that many can relate to including Love and Relationships on the track “If You’re Looking (for Love)” and healing to overcoming life’s difficulties in the song “Let It Go”. She also has an amazing bonus track “Take Me To Your Dream”. This House track is already having the DJ’s talking and definitely has that element to keep you on the dance floor. No doubt it will be a HIT!
Gospel influences are found in her “Only God” track where she pens her personal journey and belief that “Only God” can heal her soul and in “Stand Up” which features Peter Francis & The Jabez Family choir. The song brings influences of Gospel with a 70’s feel and empowers people to ‘stand up’ for their rights. It also includes the ‘Brook Benton and Clyde Otis’ song “Endlessly” also covered by Randy Crawford. Adelaide recently released her version of ‘Endlessly’ as a single and the feedback from radio DJ’s has been amazing.
Tristan interview on Colourful Radio 29-Sep-2019
Dutch five-piece Tristan’s music can be best described as feel-good vintage Acid Jazz, with the energy, vibe and sounds of today, performed by some of the best contemporary pop/jazz musicians from Europe.
Funky rhythm guitars, Hammond, Fender Rhodes and synths, and a rhythm section that has been performing together for decades playing solid grooves and tight, punchy arrangements that have since become their trademark. All this underpins singer Evelyn Kallansee’s stunningly beautiful vocals. It will take you back to that great warm sound of the 70’s, with a fresh breeze of influences from the present. While Tristan’s music may sound like bands such as Tower of Power, Snarky Puppy, or classic Acid Jazz acts such as Incognito and the Brand New Heavies – who all produce high energy grooves – what makes this group stand out from their contemporaries is the high quality of the compositions and arrangements.
Tristan’s debut release, ‘Full Power’ – which featured US soul singer Heston, UK saxophone maestro Nigel Hitchcock and legendary American trumpeter Randy Brecker – received rave reviews, while their highly acclaimed follow-up, ‘2nd Phase’, proved that this is a band with something to say, both albums going straight to No 1 in the UK soul charts.
The group continued to surprise again, in 2016 with ‘Lifestyle’ and 2017 ‘Live in Concert’. Those CD’s brought them in 2016/ 2017 all over the world: Japan, United Kingdom , Germany, Poland, Romania, Denmark, Luxembourg and France.
‘The Spice of Five’ is their fifth album, and was released worldwide in April 2019.
Cadice interview on Colourful Radio 22-Sep-2019
Cadice is an exciting new London RnB singer/songwriter.
‘Lovers and Friends’ is the latest single.
Her captivating lyrics and soulful flow have been inspired by greats including Whitney Houston and Patti La Belle who Cadice grew up listening to. A true urban artist, Cadice has previously worked on a number of exciting projects including Afrobeat and Reggae releases.
‘Lovers and Friends’ was produced by Sky Beats, and details a story of love at first sight, teasing the potential life that they could have together.
Tony Momrelle interview on Colourful Radio 15-Sep-2019
Tony Momrelle is one of the most exciting and significant soul musicians on the modern British stage.
In a music career spanning 20+ years, he has performed with some of the greatest artists in the world: Incognito, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Sade, Gary Barlow, Andrea Bocelli, Gwen Stefani, Robert Palmer and many more. In Autumn 2016 he supported the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire on their sold-out UK tour.
Momrelle was lead male vocalist of the famous British Acid-jazz band Incognito for more than sixteen years before launching his solo career. His acclaimed debut album ‘Keep Pushing’ was released in 2015, followed by a Deluxe Edition twelve months later. With guest appearances from Talib Kweli, Chantae Cann and Tony Remy, the album is an infectious mingling of eighties-inspired synths, jazzy keys, classic piano and soaring soul vocals.
Channelling Hathaway, Wonder and countless other sounds, styles and ideas through his authentic, thoroughly contemporary interpretation of what British soul music actually means today, Momrelle realised something profoundly special in ‘Keep Pushing’. Strong mainstream and regional radio support for the album culminated in four BBC Radio 2-playlisted singles and ongoing airplay across Europe.
Momrelle’s ‘Keep Pushing Tour’ has flown world-wide, playing to sold-out audiences at venues and festivals in the UK, Australia, Italy, Germany, Russia, France, Indonesia and many more. On home soil, he has dazzled audiences at the EFG London Jazz Festival and Cheltenham Jazz Festival for several years running.
Notable media appearances in 2017/8 included an intimate duet with Jools Holland live on the much-loved BBC One show ‘Later with Jools Holland’, as well as distinguished collaborations with the Guy Barker Orchestra and Big Band for BBC Radio 2 – including a recent performance at the London Coliseum alongside Gregory Porter & Friends for ‘Friday Night Is Music Night’.
His second studio album ‘Best Is Yet To Come’ was released on April 26th 2019.
Fresh from the success of the new single ‘Rising Up’, described by SoulTracks as “an instant classic” and supported by Trevor Nelson on BBC Radio 2, Tony Momrelle returned with an exquisite new body of work that represents a decisive moment in his solo career. Best Is Yet To Come is arguably Momrelle’s finest album to date, truly demonstrating his exceptional prowess as a songwriter, as well as showcasing the outstanding vocal ability for which he is widely known.
Described by Trevor Nelson as “a mainstay of the UK soul scene”, Tony Momrelle has channelled his inimitable talent into his own solo project, the result of which is an album that clearly positions him as an equal and contemporary of the luminaries with whom he has collaborated.
From the heartwarming optimism of the title track, to the disco funk of ‘You Got It’ and the smooth soul sound on ‘We Searched For Heaven’, Momrelle presents a vibrant and diverse canvas of songs that bring out the very best of his talent, leaving the sense that Best Is Yet To Come has something for everyone to enjoy. There are however vital elements running through each track that unify all: the sheer quality of songwriting and the unique, powerful tenor vocal that only Tony Momrelle himself can deliver.
2019 will continue to see Tony touring across Europe, taking the Rising Up tour the UK, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Ukraine and more.
Tony Lindsay interview on Colourful Radio 08-Sep-2019
After 25 years as the lead vocalist for Santana, Tony Lindsay has garnered 11 Grammy awards, travelled on several world tours and recorded on seven CDs: Milagro (1992), Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), Ceremony (2003) and Food for Thought (2004), Ultimate Santana (2007) and Multi-Dimensional Warrior (2008). Their current tour involves Santana’s First Rock Residency: an exclusive two-year deal for 36 shows with AEG at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s concert hall “The Joint,” which began May 27, 2009. When not on tour with Santana, Lindsay performs at various local venues and festivals. Tony has become a regular performer for The Golden State Warriors (NBA), The Santa Cruz Warriors (G league NBA), The San Francisco 49ers, The San Francisco Giants and The San Jose Sharks, singing The National Anthem.
Tony Lindsay also has quite an impressive curriculum vitae as songwriter: “Don’t Be Late For Love” (The Whispers), “Look What We’d Have If You Were Mine” (Tevin Campbell), “Can’t Get Over Your Love” (Howard Hewitt), “Just Because” (Nikita Germain) and various tracks for Johnny Gill, Howard Hewitt, Mica Paris, Shanice, Diatra Hicks, Jay Spencer and Diana Ross; background vocalist: “Everyday People” (Aretha Franklin), “Emotionally Yours” (O’Jays), “Glad To Be Alive” (Teddy Pendegrass), “Heaven and Earth” (Al Jarreau), “Passion,” “Tango In Paris” (Regina Bell), “It’s Supposed To Be Fun” (Lou Rawls), “People Make The World Go Round” (Marc Dorsey from the Spike Lee movie soundtrack Crooklyn), “Many Rivers To Cross” (Oletta Adams from the movie soundtrack Jason’s Lyric), “Voyages” (Elliot Lewis), “Junction Seven” (Steve Winwood), “New World Order” (Curtis Mayfield), VH1 1997 Video Honors Award (Stevie Wonder, Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan, James Taylor, The Williams Brothers and George Michael) and Patti Austin & James Ingram under the direction of Quincy Jones and 18-piece orchestra, along with Jerry Hey for the Dick Clark Productions and the Lexus Corporation; jingle writer: various Taco Bell commercials, Gain, Northern California Chevrolet Dealers, Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, El Pollo Loco, Hot Wheels, Long John Silvers, Pine-Sol, Jelly Belly, Wendy’s, Mazda (national) Signed, Sealed, Delivered, Old Milwaukee Beer (national), Armor All, Dreyers Grand Ice Cream, Matchbox and St Joseph Aspirin; and solo recording artist: Different Moods (1995), The Message is Love (1997) and his current self-titled project Tony Lindsay (2005).
In 1980, Lindsay arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area from Kingston, New York, and continues to perform with the first band he formed Spangalang, who have opened for Curtis Mayfield, Tower of Power, Gerald Albright, Jr. Walker and the Average White Band. He was one of four singers who travelled with “Dancing with the Stars,” the road tour version of the popular TV Dance show, which began in 2005. Lindsay joined Dancing with the Stars on three of the first four seasons as well as touring with Santana. Other bands that Tony helped form and still performs with are The Soul Soldiers, Black Magic, and the Ray Charles Project.
In 2015, Carlos Santana decided to change personnel in his band and set the wheels in motion for Tony to start on his 5th and current solo CD “Something Beautiful”.
Previous solo releases including “Different Moods” in 1995, “The Message is Love” in 1997, “Tony Lindsay” in 2005, and “Memoirs” in 2014.
Marva King interview on Colourful Radio 25-Aug-2019
While perhaps best known for her starring role as Helen in the Tyler Perry’s 60 plus mega-million dollar grossing DVD “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”. She also spent 4 years as a vocalist, dancer & percussionist with Prince and the New Power Generation, Marva King is a true multi-media sensation whose talents and ambition continue to expand with every new creative endeavor.
Today, King prepares for the release of her long awaited 2019 solo CD titled Marva King “Th@t Part”. It embodies R&B, Funk, Raggae, Soul, and Dance Music from the Old & New Skools.
King’s new music will be released Independently on her Marvalous Works Entertainment label. She is also a featured performing artist in the band “consisting of former New Power Generation members & other extremely talented musicians for the new band “ Soul Beret.”
Look for an Original Music CD giving homage to Prince, created by “Soul Beret” band members in 2019.
The multi-talented producer, singer/songwriter and recording artist conceptualized, co-wrote & co-produced her last single “Steppin” along with track-master/producer Stone Paxton in 2012 which featured rapper Alpha Red & Christopher Williams. It rose quickly on the Top 20 U.K. R&B charts.
King sang with and for Michael Jackson, Prince, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, George Howard, 2Pac, Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Yolanda Adams, Anita Baker, Will Downing, Norman Connors, Ronald “Mr. Biggs” Isley of The Isley Bros. just to name a few. Her upcoming cd slated for release in 2019 is a melodic & grooving 12 to 15 tracks that further establish King’s virtuosity as a solo artist after her career as a backing & featured vocalist. Marva; “The key to the success of this project is that I’m expressing myself with total authenticity,” King says, “musically as well as emotionally and spiritually. I’m sharing my beliefs and some of my innermost secret emotions and thoughts about myself and the world around me.”
Blessed with a dynamic vocal range and a multitude of influences, King’s recordings include elements of R&B, soul, funk and reggae. “Soul B Soldier” is focused on a range of music genres, as her mentor Prince did in his successfully illustrious career.
Her previous Indie solo recordings include The One (2010), Grown & Sexy (2007), Soul Sistah (2005) and Light of Day (2003), while Soul Sistah enjoyed rave reviews by the British, Asian and European music critics. The album entered the Top 30 charts at #5 and quickly rose to #2, surpassing Indie Arie, Teena Marie, The Isley Brothers and Donnell Jones, among others. King’s most noted recordings is her Solo debut album Feels Right on Electra/Planet Records 1981, produced by Richard Perry.
A native of Flint, Michigan, Marva King has been performing nonstop since the age of four. In addition to her vast resume as a session singer—which also includes recordings by LionelRichie, Whitney Houston, Jimmy Cliff and Chaka Khan—she co-wrote The Whispers’ single “Innocent,” which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Hot Singles Chart and sold more than one million units worldwide. King also wrote the lyrics & melody for ”A piece of Love” on Lionel Richie’s CD “Louder than words.” Over the years, she has performed live with Lenny Kravitz, Seal and Will.i.am and toured with many affiliated hit makers.
King’s mesmerizing delivery inspired Larry Flick to write in Billboard, “Marva King is a supreme diva, and her name will go down in history as one of the best.” In 1997, Prince took her on the road, under his wing, and made her a member of his group, New Power Generation (NPG)—a stint that included recording on his New Power Soul album. In 2007, recorded Shania Twain’s Hit song “Still the one” which Prince re-titled “Ure still the One”.
Marva reunited with Prince for another series of arena and intimate venue concerts, which included the record breaking “21 Nights Concerts” at the 02 Arena in the UK, as well as recording on his Lotus Flower recording in 2009; she also made several appearances in his bestselling coffee table book “21 Nights.” King managed 15 shows of her own in between the Prince dates. “Those two years were intense,” she says. “I was exhausted the entire time, yet it was so exciting. I learned a lot about performing from Prince.”
Other career highlights include Stevie Wonder hiring King as an eager teen; performing on “Natural Wonder,” a double album recorded live in Osaka and Tel Aviv in the mid 90’s.
King thanks American Idol’s Randy Jackson for her first production jobs at Sony in the early ‘90s, a stint that made her one of the few female producers at that time in the music industry.
Reflecting on her journey, King says, “One of the things I have learned from acting is the importance of communicating your “truths” with people, no matter how apprehensively uncomfortable you may feel to expose your deepest emotions. I’m doing that more with my recordings.
Cooking is King’s secondary passion. Marva creates & modifies many culturally popular dishes & cocktails. She maintained a 3.6 GPA as a Culinary student at the prestigious Arts Institute. Look for “something Artsy” on the screen reflecting her undeniable skills by 2020!!
Currently King returned to the theatrical stage as the lead in the production “Can a Woman raise a Man.” Touring the U.S.
Many exciting things on the horizon in 2019 for the woman many have given the name “Marva The King.” 👑
Candace Woodson interview on Colourful Radio 04-Aug-2019
Born in Paducah, KY, she began singing at the age of five with her older sisters in a gospel group called the Parks Sisters. Although her roots are in gospel, after high school Candace began to explore other avenues in the music industry. She is the first graduate of the Commercial Music Program at Tennessee State University in Nashville and is a professional recording artist with a background in Gospel, R&B, Jazz, and Pop.
Twenty-eight days after her 2014 breast cancer surgery, Candace Woodson was back to business as usual performing at the wedding of one of John “Cougar” Mellencamp’s daughters. This is a testament to Candace Woodson’s lifelong passion for performing and a talent for resilience she calls “stick to it-ness”.
A survivor since 2014, she wrote the song “Free,” a funky old school dance anthem that conveys hope and positivity in the wake of adversity. This is a message she conveys stemming from her own experience and feeling after receiving her last cancer treatment at the Medical University of South Carolina.
This success laid the foundation for a handful of other chart topping singles, including “The Answer Is No”, a defiant female empowerment ballad produced by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tom Glide. “The Answer Is No” hit #1 on the UK Soul Chart Top 30 and has continued to receive airplay Smooth Jazz Radio. Woodson received Billboard’s “Most Added” designation and a Bright Star Awards Best International Artist nominee.
Her highly anticipated full-length debut album “Desire” includes her UK hits as well as new tracks produced by hit smooth jazz guitarist/producer Nils and Lew Laing (Paul Brown, Richard Elliot, Stephanie K) and others helmed by the singer herself.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunities I have had in the UK, and it’s exciting now to work with Nils and Lew in expanding my fan base in the United States.”
“I have stopped and started the musical part of my life so many times, but this time I will not stop no matter how things play out. To me, the album is very authentic and it reflects everything I’ve gone through and the soul of someone who has loved music all her life“.
Tyra Levone is a soulful R&B Singer/ Songwriter/ Producer from Washington, DC. Through emotional, honest, and transparent lyrics, Tyra’s music reflects the struggles of everyday people. Tyra Levone’s first single “If Only I Knew,” released in 2015, expresses great joy, sorrow, and Tyra’s personal life lesson…this too shall pass. In her debut album, “Testimony: A Soul Set Free,” (2017) Tyra bares her soul through musical testimony, with the hope to inspire “the awakening of knowledge, peace discovered on the journey and the freedom to live boldly.”
From humble beginnings, Tyra’s singing aspirations began at the age of 10, with a father-daughter duet at her neighborhood church. She continued writing songs, singing, and playing the piano for church choir and, over the years, further developed her craft.
Tyra’s aspirations for singing began at a young age witnessing her father sing in the church choir, so it was only natural that Tyra began playing the piano and singing in the choir as well.
Throughout these years, Tyra discovered her ability to convert her thoughts, emotions, and feelings into poetry and song. Tyra’s fusion of old school Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Blues, and Hip Hop influences produce an eclectic feel good sound.
She credits her influences to the likes of Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin, just to name a few. Tyra has performed at special events with the late legendary Godfather of GoGo Chuck Brown, Entertainer Marcus Johnson at Blues Alley, as well as numerous other special events and venues, and has written and published songs with Spur of the Moment and Kenny Allen.Tyra’s talent for creating custom written songs for events displays her authentic artistry, a gifting many have grown to love.
Tyra’s has always genuinely believed that when it became her season she would be called…and now she proclaims,
“This is my call…This is my space.”
Her joy, tears, laughter, deep sorrow, and life lessons fueled with mid-tempo to upbeat songs dusted with a few ballads, has accomplished Tyra’s mission of putting everyone in the groove and begin her #FeelGoodFrenzy that will make you clap your hands, bob your head, smile, laugh, and maybe even cry as your soul is enlightened. Witness the musical miracle as we follow the journey of how Tyra’s soul was set free!
Tyra Levone – Keep Steppin – Released 8th June 2019.
Rayvon interview on Colourful Radio 16-Jun-2019
Brooklyn-raised Rayvon has garnered this success and more while affectionately being dubbed the “ambassador of hip-hop reggae.” Having shared the stage with monolithic icons The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson his pop-infused Caribbean flavor has paved the way for the next generation of Barbadian recording artists such as Rihanna, Shontelle, and Jaicko. Rayvon’s eponymous third album. Rayvon features track work from heavyweights such as Jah Snowcone (Sean Paul, Vybz Kartel) as well as the production prowess of Danny Champagne, Ali Cat, and Carl “Beaver” Henderson.
The first single “Back it Up” is a hard-edged pulsating groove that have guys jumping and ladies gyrating. From “Hustle and Flow” to the pop reggae lilt of “Wedding Song,” the album result is an explosive collection of sonic heavy hitters (“Riding Skill”), Euro dance (“Private Dancer”), and his patented brand of hip-hop reggae (“Get Money,” “Bang Bang”). To date, “Back It Up” has garnered Rayvon an International Association of Independent Recording Artists (IAIRA) award and ranked in at No. 1 on Indie-Music.com’s top 25 for 2011. The second single “One N Only” is swiftly giving chase at No. 2.
Rayvon is probably best known for his work with multi-platinum selling vocalist Shaggy. The two began collaborating on a string of tunes in the 90’s which culminated in the Sting Int’l produced regional hit “Big Up.” Rayvon says, “We both got our break with that record. It put us in the reggae/dancehall spotlight. I had a smooth-edged style of singing and he had that rough DJ style. The chemistry was amazing.” Rayvon was also featured covering The Melodians’ classic “Rivers of Babylon” on the B-side of Shaggy’s 1993 hit “Oh Carolina”.
The following year Rayvon’s solo star began to brighten with the release of his hip-hop reggae classic “No Guns, No Murder” (produced by Funkmaster Flex) on the venerable VP Records. The track hit a trifecta on Billboard, ranking in simultaneously on the Hot 100, Rap Singles, and R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs charts. VP issued the follow up “Pretty (Before I go To Bed),” which quickly impacted the Billboard’s Rap Singles chart. Rayvons’ career trajectory accelerated in 1995 when he recorded the island-tinged duet “In The Summertime” from Shaggy’s platinum, Grammy award-winning album Boombastic. The song was a cover of Mungo Jerry’s 1970 hit and following in its original success Shaggy’s version with the help of Rayvon reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and No. 5 in the UK while also featured in various major motion pictures and television series.
Rayvon spent the next few years diligently releasing underground singles including “Bashment Party,” which positioned itself on Billboard’s Rap Singles chart. In 2001 he lent his vocals to yet another smash Shaggy duet, “Angel,” from the 6x Platinum seller Hotshot. This time, the duo topped Billboard’s Hot 100 and took home an American Music Award for the wildly successful tune. Rayvon appeared with Shaggy in the national spotlight on shows like Live w/ Regis & Kelly, Saturday Night Live, Jay Leno, David Letterman and All My Children. The song has since clocked in at 18 million views on YouTube and has been certified gold and platinum around the world. Rayvon says, “People have grown up with the classic songs I’ve done over the years. People want to hear Reggae because it’s feel good music. Feel good music will never die.”
Rayvon previously released two solo albums including Hear My Cry (Virgin Records 1997) and My Bad (Big Yard Music/MCA Records 2002). Though hopes were high for his impressive debut album, it largely hovered under the radar in a whirlpool of label politics. “I came out in a year where it was like a small dog among big dog. Virgin released albums by UB40, Janet Jackson, Rolling Stones, and the Spice Girls that same year. I was caught in that whole whirlwind.” The release of “2-Way” off the sophomore effort reached No. 10 on BET’s 106 & Park countdown and chimed in on Billboard’s R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs chart. The title track “My Bad” stands at 84 thousand views on YouTube, featured a cameo from cohort Shaggy and boasted No. 1 at Top 40 Radio for four weeks.
Noel McKoy interview on Colourful Radio 09-Jun-2019
Noel McKoy is an internationally renowned singer, songwriter and producer.
With over forty years in the music industry, Noel has recorded, performed and toured the world with many of the greatest names in music including (but not limited to): The Staks Band, Stevie Wonder, Kool and The Gang, Ronald Isley, Gladys Knight, George Clinton, Womack and Womack, Atlantic Starr, Lonnie Liston Smith, The Sounds of Blackness, Nu Colors and Marcus Miller.
Noel has sung duets with UK stars including Mica Paris, Beverley Knight, Juliet Roberts and Ebony Alleyne. In addition, he’s collaborated with respected innovators Omar, Mark Morrison, Incognito’s Bluey Maunick, Steve Williamson, Linton ‘Kwesi’ Johnson, The Pasadenas and Acid Jazz’s Snowboy – all of whom consider him a major force to be reckoned with.
He has taken the stage by storm at New York’s legendary Apollo Theatre, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Stevie Wonder requested Noel sing with him at his London 02 concerts.
As the songwriter for, and signature voice of The James Taylor Quartet’s most commercial period – completing 10 world tours and three albums with them, Noel McKoy was at the forefront of the 1990’s Acid Jazz explosion.
As well as being a highly successful front-man and collaborator with other major artists, Noel McKoy is also a deeply respected innovator. The genre-defining street soul anthem “Family” which he wrote, produced and performed in family band Mckoy with his brothers and sister in 1993, is revered over twenty years later as a stylistically unique classic, loved by an entire generation of UK soul fans.
Noel has performed many successful studio sessions with soul legends Atlantic Star, Courtney Pine and Climie Fisher.
Since 2000, the resurgence of the house music scene has, again, heard Noel McKoy’s thundering vocals fronting many chart hits such as the classic “So Right” by Jet Lag (produced by Axwell of the Swedish Mafia). Noel, along with his sisters, also featured on Legendary producer Ian Levine’s Northern Soul 2007 and Disco 2008.
Noel’s mastery of classic soul stylings was demonstrated on his album “Brighter Day” – featured live on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends – and on his series of all-star tribute shows to the greats of black music such as Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway. His successful take on the masters showcased his power, range and versatility, which brought the house down.
Noel was one of the featured singers on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Voice concert – a celebration of some of the great songs of the past few decades, sung by some of the great voices of today.
Noel has featured in the acclaimed cinema movie “Glastonbury”. He has also written for Sir Cliff Richard OBE.
Soundtrack commissions include (but not limited to): composing the music for Children’s ITV drama “Running Loose”, writing and performing the 1994 BBC1 Commonwealth Games Theme “The Brave”. Hollywood took notice and, soon thereafter, he co-wrote the song “Five Good Reasons” for the movie Bad Company starring Ellen Barkin and Laurence Fishburne.
Noel co-wrote and performed on Jean Toussaint’s album ‘A Street Below the Underground’ which was voted Best Album in the BBC Radio 3 Jazz Awards.
Noel has performed jazz originals and standards on the stages of the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scotts. He sang for HRH Elizabeth II on The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee’s River Pageant with Guy Barker’s Jazz Orchestra.
Recent highlights from his ever more diverse career includes taking lead vocals at The Royal Festival Hall for Jazz Jamaica’s 21-piece orchestra’s 2014 “Motown Greats” show led by double bassist Gary Crosby OBE.
In 2015 Noel’s stature within UK Soul Music was again recognised when he was asked to join The British Collective – the supergroup of British soul music pioneers comprising Leee John (Imagination), Omar, Junior and Don-E.
As well as performing and touring, Noel has been writing, recording and producing his TRIO Album concept – which showcases his musical diversity across Soul, Reggae and Dance genres. His “Dutch Pot – Hard Food”, reggae album will be first of the trilogy to be released – Release on Independent Label – Foundation Recordings.
Los Angeles based singer/songwriter and actor Rahsaan Patterson is used to being in the limelight.
This summer marks his 35th anniversary in the entertainment industry. The dynamic artist was
only ten when he landed in the national spotlight as a cast member on the Disney Channel show, Kids Incorporated, alongside cast mates Fergie and Mario Lopez. However, it is not fame that has fueled Patterson all these years but rather an earnest desire to create music and stories about life’s ever-changing journey that capture the human spirit. It is a mission that he has fulfilled well through the narrative of his own soul-stirring compositions. R&B goddess Chaka Khan has sung his praises, Brandy and Van Hunt have recorded his songs and Faith, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi and Rachelle Ferrell have all done collaborations with him. “I create my music based on my personal experience, my spirit, and where the spirit takes me and guides me to where I’m supposed to go,” confides Rahsaan, who was named after the iconic and eccentric jazz legend Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
Patterson’s adventurous musical palette, which fuses the worlds of R&B, funk, jazz, gospel and electronica, has always kept his fans on the edge of their seats. His visionary spirit, coupled with his buttery smooth and flawless soul drenched tenor, has garnered Rahsaan, a unique space in the R&B world. “I am more than a classic R&B person. I have an exploratory nature in life and that dynamic is also reflected in my music,” shares Rahsaan. On May 17, 2019, Shanachie Entertainment will release Heroes & Gods , which further cements Patterson’s place as one of the most impressive voices in modern R&B. “I have always felt my path is my path,” explains Rahsaan. “When everything is aligned, that is when it will be my time to shine brighter.” The arrival of Heroes & Gods is a testament to the fact that Rahsaan Patterson is right on time and his time is now!
Shalamar on Colourful Radio 19-May-2019
As Shalamar, Howard Hewitt and Jeffrey Daniel sold over 25 million records worldwide and collected no less than 100 gold, silver and platinum awards. Howard and Jeffrey, together with Carolyn Griffey – the daughter of Solar Records founder Dick Griffey and Carrie Lucas, bring an exciting blend of funk, disco and soul to every live show. One of the most powerful and energetic acts on the circuit today.
As noted in the British Hit Singles & Albums, Shalamar were regarded as fashion icons and trendsetters, and helped to introduce ‘body-popping’ to the United Kingdom. Jeffrey Daniel brought street dance to the UK – he is noted as the dance mentor for Michael Jackson and the man that taught him the moonwalk.
Howard Hewett is a one of the most iconic US soul artistes of all time, releasing numerous solo albums and collaborating or performing with some of the greats including Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Earth, Wind and Fire, Teena Marie, Anita Baker, Dionne Warwick, Deniece Williams, El Debarge. He was recently voted by Soul Tracks as one of the top 10 greatest male soul singers of all time.
Jeremy Hector interview on Colourful Radio 12-May-2019
Jeremy Sean Hector is a gifted guitarist and songwriter, whose unique approach to writing and performing comprises of a soothing blend of soul and contemporary jazz. He is a perpetual student of music, and aspires to use his gift to positively influence and inspire his listeners.
Jeremy is known for a very melodic style of guitar playing; that has been described as having a vocal quality.
Born on the Caribbean island of Grenada on December 24th, 1990, Jeremy was introduced to music at an early age. His musical journey began at the age of seven; with classical piano lessons. However, it was on the guitar that he found his true passion for music. His father, Jude Hector, being a guitarist himself, exposed Jeremy to a wide variety of contemporary jazz, soul and gospel, and taught him for a few years.
This combination of exposure to music and informal lessons became the bedrock of his musical education. His musical philosophy has been heavily influenced by the likes of the late Chuck Loeb, Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, Eddie Bullen & Arturo Tappin.
In 2009, Jeremy began a four year academic journey on the Caribbean islands of Jamaica and Barbados consecutively, which culminated with a Masters Degree in Psychology. In addition to his academic achievement, he interacted and worked with professional musicians on both islands; an experience which opened his mind to the possibility of life as a musician.
Jeremy’s career as a full-time musician began in November 2014 with the inception of the band Soul Deep; with his twin brother, Josh Hector, being the drummer and bandleader. Soul Deep drew widespread attention on the island because of their versatility and the ease with which they tackled songs from musical giants such as Earth Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder.
The band enjoyed moments such as memorable performances with Ronald “Boo” Hinkson at the Rhythms of Spice jazz concert, and backing the UK’s British Collective comprised of Omar Lye-Fook, Junior Giscombe, Don-E, Noel McKoy and Leee John at the Pure Grenada Music Festival.
Individually, Jeremy has been featured onstage with internationally acclaimed musicians such as saxophonist Arturo Tappin, and pianist Eddie Bullen; experiences which have significantly contributed to his musical development.
To date, the highlight of his career has been partnering with Eddie Bullen and Thunder Dome Sounds to record and release his debut album titled Ascension. As the title suggests, Ascension is just the first step in documenting a musical journey that promises to be fruitful and inspirational.
Chelsea Wilson interview on Colourful Radio 21-Apr-2019
Chelsea Wilson is a Melbourne based vocalist, songwriter, broadcaster and producer. Her debut soul inspired album “I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me” was lauded #2 Album of the Year on ABC Radio National and nominated for Best Soul Album at The Age Music Victoria Awards. An internationally acclaimed live performer she headlined the Arts Centre Melbourne stage at the Australasian World Music Expo; supported Macy Gray on her Australian tour; and made her UK debut at Glastonbury Festival 2015, subsequently selling out the famous London Jazz Café.
Her highly anticipated second album “Chasing Gold” (available March 22) sees Chelsea move into rare-groove territory, fusing her love of early disco, epic pop and jazz. Produced by ARIA nominated composer/ bassist Ross McHenry (The Shaolin Afronauts), the album features lush string orchestration arranged by Ross Irwin (The Bamboos) and backing vocals by Jason Heerah and Thando. The debut single “Real Love” has garnered international airplay.
Behind the scenes Chelsea is the Artistic Director of the Stonnington Jazz Festival and recently appeared as a panel expert on Australian Music at The Lincoln Centre New York City for Jazz Congress 2019. A champion for diversity in the music industry she has produced the ‘Women of Soul’ series featuring artists such as Kylie Auldist, Mojo Juju and Stella Angelico alongside emerging artists since 2010. She is currently Deputy Chair of Music Victoria, the state peak body for contemporary music and was a formative member of the MV Women in Music Advisory Panel.
As a DJ Chelsea has supported artists including Booker T, Neneh Cherry, Tina Arena, Hiatus Kaiyote and Craig Charles.
Taj Weekes interview on Colourful Radio 07-Apr-2019
Musician, Poet and Humanitarian. Taj Weekes is a St. Lucia bred, singer/songwriter and musician with an unwavering, energetic humanitarian spirit that extends beyond his socially conscious lyrics into activism. He is a UNICEF Champion for Children and founder of his children’s charity, They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO). Aside from brains, heart, and a great smile, Weekes is a poetic singer-songwriter who fronts a dynamic reggae band named Adowa, a disciplined team of talented musicians that delivers a blend of rock n’ roll, reggae one drop rhythms and traditional Caribbean sounds. The band (named after the battle of Adowa in 1896) superbly supports Weekes’ haunting falsetto, giving audiences a mesmerizing and fantastic show.
Taj Weekes & Adowa have released six critically acclaimed albums of musically adventurous reggae – To All My Relations (2018), Love, Herb & Reggae(2016), Pariah in Transit (2014), A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen (2010), DEIDEM (2008), Hope & Doubt (2005) – all of which showcase Taj’s unblinking and sophisticated view of the world.
Taj Weekes & Adowa is a dynamic reggae band delivers a blend of rock n’ roll, reggae one drop rhythms and traditional Caribbean sounds superbly supported Weekes’ haunting falsetto, giving audiences a mesmerizing and fantastic show.
Mandee interview on Colourful Radio 31-Mar-2019
Mandee is an award-winning, international singer/songwriter based in the UK who has been singing from the age of 4 and has proven her vocal abilities through many different styles of music she has been recording since the 90’s. She has released some incredible songs which have taken us on a momentous journey as they all bring back sweet memories if you are a true connoisseur of music.
The first song which gave Mandee a lot of recognition was an original track written by the songstress entitled “The Feeling” going back over a decade ago. This song was a production by Cassell The Beat Maker and recorded at As1 studios engineered by DJ Sb.
In October 2015 Mandee released a superb cover of Love Unlimited classic track “If You Want Me…Say It” and the response she still receives via live performances or airplay is remarkable. This song came to light with Frederica Tibbs recommending to Derek Fevrier (Nu Lovers UK) that she thought Mandee would do wonders with covering this timeless classic and so said…so done.
Following through to February 2016 revealed the release of another cover from the songstress but this time we were reminded that “Kisses Don’t Lie” which was originally sung by Miss Evelyn “Champagne” King. Once again Mandee has revealed her sweet, soulful voice on a very well produced Nu Lovers UK revamp in a soft, sensual reggae style.
Mandee has been writing new material since then and has recorded tracks such as
*Soul Attraction* written by Mandee (produced by Zige Dub as part of the “You Should Have Known” riddim compilation),
*Black Lives Matter* written by Mandee & JayjayBorn2Sing, *No Other Love* (Cover) & *Sweet Ecstacy*: Tribute To The Jones Girls (produced by Senator B music production),
*Sweet Thing* (Unreleased cover) & A Mother’s Cry written by Mandee (produced by Don Chandler),
*A Certain Some Way* written by Mandee (Dan-Tan productions)
*Don’t Cry*, *The Tree* & *I Don’t Want To Sing* written by Mandee & JayJayBorn2Sing (BLM productions).
To add to her musical career Mandee has performed with many artists working as a backing vocalist with her band “Maximum Hights” but since 2015 she has been concentrating more on her solo career. She has headlined a few shows and performed as a support act for many artists. In 2018 Mandee performed alongside Arturo Tappin as part of his UK Tour in London and Birmingham where she paid tribute to Aretha Franklin and Etta James and she absolutely astonished the audience with her vocals.
In February 2019 Mandee released her first 5 track Ep entitled *Love & Light* with Fsi Music Productions which is available via CD Baby & most download sites. The response for her EP has been tremendous as her vocal ability & signwriting skills on all tracks have now been exposed to us from a very soulful point of view. Mandee has already started writing & recording new material for future projects with Chopper (Fsi Music Productions).
Keep a lookout for this songstress as she is on the rise.
Christopher & Paulette Tajah interview on Colourful Radio 17-Mar-2019
Play: Dream Of A King
A Resistance Theatre Company Production.
‘New writing’ production ‘Dream Of A King’ is a solo performance that revisits the man that is the icon Martin Luther King Jr.
The Resistance Theatre Company’s mission is to provide a home for storytelling with an African and Caribbean origin. Their first ever production ‘Dream of A King’ is a compelling solo performance which revisits the extraordinary man that is Dr King set on the night of Dr. King’s assassination, Dream of A King explores the extraordinary man behind the legend. The Momentum behind the civil rights movement are constantly referred to in the modern uprising of social movements and the fight against racism. As Dr. King stated “All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” It is this sense of inalienable connection which makes this in theatre experience inspiring and relevant. The play allows the audience to discover the man behind the icon and to give audiences the opportunity to learn more about King’s passion, empathy, inspiration, dedication, philosophy, intellect, and vision.
Chucky Bantan interview on Colourful Radio 10-Mar-2019
Born in South London on the 1st Feb 1972. He found his voice singing Dennis Brown (Easy take it easy) on the stairs on the block. Brought up listening to the mighty Brixton sounds of the early Eighties Sir Coxsone, Taurus and in particular Treasure Isle & King Tubby’s. His older brother Sergeant Six, became a selector with King Tubby’s and he followed the Sound.
In 1986 at the Notting Hill Carnival, at the age of 14, he picked up the mic for King Tubbies and sang for the first time. His sweet singing voice was a huge hit and he became part of The sound, performing at the legendary World Cup clash with Java in 1987 at the Acton Town Hall.
In 1989 he began his recording career. To date he has recorded in excess of 16 singles, having his biggest hit with the Larry Marshall cover I Admire You. Now singing on The Trojan Sound System.
In the 90’s he recorded several tracks with G Vibes under the Goldhanger Record Label, this included the Larry Marshall Classic track Why.
Since then he has been working with various artists, producers and sounds such as:-
King Tubby’s Surety Sound
Currently working with Trojan Sound System since 2008.
Currently on Tour in Europe attending Reggae Festivals and clubs representing Trojan Sound System.
Olivia Lichtenstein interview on Colourful Radio 17-Feb-2019
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER – Olivia Lichtenstein, like so many, grew up listening to soul music. She’s passionate about telling Teddy Pendergrass’ story and bringing his music to a new generation. ‘He was an enormous talent and deserves recognition,’ she says, ‘While everyone knows his voice, all too many have forgotten the extraordinary story of the man behind it, his unique contribution to the history of popular music and his courageous triumph over adversity.’
She has had a long and distinguished career and is one of Britain’s foremost documentary filmmakers and has won numerous awards for her work – BAFTA, Grierson, RTS, British Press Guild Award; Cologne Conference Award; Golden Gate Award; cableACE Award…
Olivia started her career at ABC News in their London bureau before becoming a producer and reporter at TV-am. A Russian Studies graduate, Olivia joined the BBC to make the ground-breaking documentary series, Comrades. She won a BAFTA for The Silent Twin: Without My Shadow, and was the editor of BBC television’s former flagship documentary strand, Inside Story. She won the Grierson Award for Tongue Tied, her film about John Diamond’s journey through cancer (he was TV Chef, Nigella Lawson’s first husband.)
While at the BBC, Olivia commissioned over a hundred single documentaries and was Executive Producer of many documentary series for BBC ONE. She also spent a year on attachment to BBC Drama developing projects before being appointed Creative Director of BBC Documentaries, London, where she oversaw a raft of documentary programming. As a drama director, she made A Lump in My Throat, a TV drama starring Neil Pearson. She has also directed BBC ONE’s Holby City and numerous episodes of ITV police drama, The Bill.
She left the BBC in 2002 to become a freelance Producer/Director and writer and her producer/director credits since then include Who Killed Kirsty MacColl? a film about the British singer/songwriter who was tragically killed by a speedboat in Cozumel, Mexico in 2000; Prince Phillip at 90 for ITV1 and The Twins of the Twin Towers for BBC ONE and OWN in the U.S to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Olivia joined well-respected, independent production company, Storyvault Films as a partner in January 2012. In 2014, she made Broadmoor for ITV, two films with unique and exclusive access to Broadmoor Hospital, Britain’s high-secure psychiatric hospital. It was the first time anyone has been granted access to the hospital, which houses some of Britain’s most dangerous offenders. IN 2014 she produced and directed, Melvyn Bragg – Wigton to Westminster, a highly-acclaimed 75 minute special for BBC TWO about one of Britain’s foremost writers and broadcasters.
Olivia is also the author of two novels, Things your Mother Never Told You and Mrs Zhivago of Queen’s Park. She was educated at Sussex University and did her Masters degree at UCLA on a Fulbright Scholarship. in 2014, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sussex in recognition of her contribution to film and media.