Dubbed Australia’s answer to Alicia Keys and often compared to British chanteuse Sade, Shameem’s style is a unique fusion of 90s-esque R&B/ soul with jazz and 70s funk elements, employing a live band. Her expressive, naturally soulful voice and sense for conscious lyrics is both refreshing and infectious. While her songs defy a number of musical conventions, none will walk away without a tune replaying in their head.
Her 10-track album features a song written in collaboration with Grammy-winning UK-based producer James Bryan, who co-wrote and produced Nelly Furtado’s number one album Mi Plan.
“James Bryan approached me, having checked out my music online, and invited me to spend some time co-writing with him,” Shameem said. “It was a really amazing experience to collaborate with someone who lives and breathes the art of song-writing.”
“I really enjoy the track that we’ve created. I think it’s one of the highlights of the album.”
Having last performed in Albany in February earlier this year, Shameem said she was excited about returning for another performance. “Last time we came down to Albany we had a lovely reception and great response from the audience,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to this upcoming show.”
There is free entry to the show at the White Star Hotel on Friday, December 16, from 9pm to midnight.