Page 5 - Fall 2013 Issue
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 A POWERHOUSE SONGSTRESS
Stylis'c versa'lity whilst maintaining consistent standards is just one of the many things that dis'nguishes the talent that is BASHIYRA. Soulful, mesmerising and smooth are just a few of the words that describe her inimitable voice. With a repertoire that spans reggae, soulful house, neo- soul and jazz, BASHIYRA has an ability to cap'vate, move and entertain diverse audiences. The greatest example of this capability was her rousing performance at The Opening Ceremony of The London 2012 Paralympic Games and a subsequent personal thank you leQer from UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
Never one to rest on her laurels, the mul'-award winner leapt in spring 2013 by seXng a new World Record – BASHIYRA become the first Independent Ar'st to achieve 4 concurrent posi'ons in one chart. The consecu've releases, I Won’t Worry, You Haven’t Seen Nothing Yet, The You In Me, and Don’t Get In My Face, all charted in The Top 50 RnB Charts DPP (USA). Whilst the heavy-hiQer, I Won’t Worry, simultaneously held the #1 posi'on on The Urban/RnB/Crossover Top 40 Breakouts Chart (USA), and the Number 30 posi'on on The Sweet Rhythms Chart (UK), having previously peaked there at #2.
BASHIYRA established her career in the 90′s working as a backing singer for ar'sts ranging from the iconic Queen, Michael Bolton, to the legendary PaX Labelle and Diana Ross. Her prowess as a songwriter, producer and arranger has been recognised by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Gamble and Huff, the produc'on duo responsible for The Sound of Philadelphia.
2009 saw the release of her refreshing debut, THOUGHT YOU KNEW, a balanced mix of neo-soul, jazz and dance harnessed by her rich, soulful and emo've voice. This successful self-release led to BASHIYRA receiving The Soul Baby Live Award 2011. In the same year, Black Women in the Arts awarded BASHIYRA The Nina Simone Award for her outstanding work in the area of jazz (which was acknowledged and endorsed by the official legacy estate of Dr Nina Simone).
The London-based singer, songwriter, producer and arranger performs interna'onally and has passport stamps from all con'nents. She was the first interna'onal ar'st to sign a produc'on deal with NuVybe Records (USA), the label headed by Herb Middleton, an industry veteran who hasworked with Raheem DeVaughn, Teddy Pendergrass, Mary J Blige, Al Green, Ann Nesby, Phyllis Hyman and Kenny LaXmore.
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