Augusta Margaret River Mail article 02/02/11 – “Shameem set to shine”

PERTH based singer/ songwriter Shameem Taheri-Lee is bringing her latest tour south. Dubbed Australia’s Alicia Keys, she and her band have hit the road this month for a Western Australia Tour.

Her tour follows a busy 2010 which saw her release her EP Universe for Afternoon Tea, and nominated for a 2010 WAM Song of the Year Award for the recording’s first track Undertones.

Taheri-Lee’s tour will take her through the South West down to Albany and then all the way up to Broome with several stops on the way, including one at Margaret River’s Settlers Tavern.

“I’ve done one-off regional performances before, but this is the first time I’ll be touring the great state,” she said. “It’ll be a real adventure; there aren’t a lot of bands who do extensive regional touring in WA… especially not as far as I’m going!”

“I have a lot of plans for 2011, such as touring Austrlaia, 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 number one album.”

Taheri-Lee’s style is best described as a unique fusion of 90s-esque R&B with funk and jazz, employing live instruments. Vocally, she has a naturally soulful voice and sense for conscious lyrics which she describes as refreshing and infectious.

Having been born to in Australia to a Chinese-Malasian father and an Iranian mother, Taheri-Lee credits her distinctive, eclectic approach to music to her diverse heritage.

Shameem Taheri-Lee and her band will perform at Setters Tavern on Saturday, February 5. The show starts at 9:30pm and is free entry.

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