Brookfield Place performance, December

Thanks to Todd Wilkinson for taking these snaps.

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RN’s presenter picks for Ausmusic Month

I’m so completely stoked to be included on ABC RN’s presenter picks for Ausmusic Month, sandwiched between Archie Roach and L-FRESH the Lion – yikes! Check out the full article here; some parts are included below.

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From underrated local gems to inspiring live performances, the RN Music team delves through the past twelve months and beyond to pick out some of their favourite Australian music moments to celebrate Ausmusic Month…

The Rhythm Divine’s Geoff Wood on two of his favourite young local musicians

When I first heard Shameem Taheri-Lee’ story, it sounded like a film script.

Struggling musician posts demos online and gets interest from a Grammy-winning producer, who invites her to the UK to co-write her new single.
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Brookfield Place performances, October

These lovely photos were taken by John Koh during my two performances at Brookfield Place in October.

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Square Turtle crowdfunding reward song

Ever wondered what I sound like singing an indie-folk-pop style jingle? Wonder no more; here’s a song that I wrote as a crowdfunding reward for my album patrons, web design/ software development company Square Turtle Studios.

Community News articles in October

There was some great press coverage from Community Newspapers in Perth, in the lead up to my gig at The Ellington Jazz Club on 18 October. You can check out two different articles that their various papers ran below.

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SHE’S supported music stars such as Michael Bolton and Anthony Callea, performed for crowds internationally and fronted a five piece band.

Now after the success of a busy year touring, neo-soul songstress Shameem Taheri-Lee is returning to Perth this month to bring the sounds of her latest album to the Ellington Jazz Club.

The Victoria Park resident’s sophomore album The Second City boasts 15 tracks with lyrics touching on thought-provoking themes, including prejudice, broken trust and gratitude in the face of difficulties.

“Music is a very powerful medium which can be used to communicate positive ideas and messages,” Taheri-Lee said.
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Beat Magazine – Shameem

An interesting piece in Melbourne’s Beat Magazine; published in the lead up to my solo tour. The journalist, Thomas Brand, got pretty amped up and put a lot of his own political opinion into the article, hehe. I try to stay away from a partisan approach to politics and so I don’t necessarily share his views, but I really enjoyed the animated interview that we had, and his honest exploration of lyrics in pop music.

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Shameem Taheri-Lee is described as a socially conscious musician. Considering the harsh impositions of the incumbent Liberal government, which has granted people the “right to be bigots” while perpetrating the forced closure of Aboriginal communities across Australia, it’s now more important than ever to speak out against social injustice. Taheri-Lee has been subjected to her fair share of discrimination, and writes from the heart in the hope that others will find something to relate to.

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Telethon – performing “Beautiful Soul” live to air

The band recently performed on Channel 7’s Telethon. You can check out our live-to-air performance of “Beautiful Soul” here.

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Ellington gig October 2015

Here are some snaps from my recent gig at The Ellington Jazz Club… first, the pro shots from the footage taken by Mark Turner… (hover your mouse over the photo below to see the arrow to flick through the rest)

Ellington October 2015

And secondly, the up-close bootleg photos from an audience member. Thank you so much Lindi for taking these photos and allowing me to share them!

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ABC RN: The Shameem soul session

While I was in Sydney during my Australian Solo Tour, I dropped into the ABC studios at the request of ABC RN presenter Geoff Wood, to record and film some live performances for his program, The Rhythm Divine. Here’s the video that they produced of my performance of “Beautiful Soul”.

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Diary of a roadie

My lovely husband Kia came along on my recent solo tour; it’s the first time he’s come on the road with me touring. He decided to take a selfie every day with me in the background… This is the tour from his point of view.

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