Space Ship News article 21/11/10 – “Shameem Taheri-Lee plays the Ellington”

Shameem Taheri-Lee, dubbed Australia’s answer to Alicia Keys, is performing a landmark show in her young career at The Ellington Jazz Club at 6:30pm on Saturday December 5th.

2010 has been a busy year for this motivated young artist, who has been promoting her recently released EP “Universe for Afternoon Tea” in her home town of Perth, Australia. The first track of the recording, “Undertones”, was nominated for the 2010 WAM Song of the Year Awards.

“This performance is important because it is my last major gig before I set off to pursue some really important projects,” says the bubbly singer/ songwriter. “I have a lot of plans for 2011, such as touring Australia, recording my first full-length album and travelling to the UK to write with James Bryan, who co-wrote and produced Nelly Furtado’s recent #1 album.

“James Bryan approached me himself, having checked out my music online, and invited me to spend some time co-writing with him. I’m really excited about this unique opportunity!”

Shameem’s style is a unique fusion of 90s-esque R&B with jazz, employing live instruments. Her golden, naturally soulful voice and sense for conscious lyrics is both refreshing and infectious.

With Shameem you’d have to be locked in a lead-lined room to miss this lady’s sparkle,” says James Morrison, Australian jazz virtuoso. “Her charisma and sheer energy on stage command attention and the listener is rewarded with a swinging, soulful sound – this is what jazz is all about.”

Shameem Taheri-Lee was born in Australia to a Chinese-Malaysian father and an Iranian mother. The diversity of her heritage has not only contributed to her exotic looks but has influenced her distinctive eclectic approach to music.

Tickets for the show can be purchased at

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