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Independent Music Awards finalist!

IMA-Nominee-LogoShameem has been nominated for the Independent Music Awards! The nominations in more than 80 Album, Song, Music Video and Design categories were culled from thousands of submissions from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Greenland and Europe. Shameem’s track “Back To The Ground” has been nominated in the R&B/ Soul Song category.

Winners will be determined by a panel of influential artist and industry judges including Tom Waits, Ziggy Marley, Meshell Ndegeocello, McCoy Tyner, John Medeski & Chris Wood (Medeski, Martin & Wood) and Raul Midon. In addition to this industry-determined judging process, you can help Shameem to become a fan-selected IMA winner by voting here before Friday July 19!!

 

“On the Record: Shameem Taheri-Lee” – Drum Media review, 02/02/12

Most could easily agree that jazz music is all about charisma, and some of the best jazz is that which can reward its listeners with a soulful, swinging sound. Perth-based singer/songwriter Shameem Taheri-Lee showcases an unmistakable talent and passion for constructing songs infused with groove and R’n’B to create a distinctive approach to music and her self-titled CD.
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“Shameem Taheri-Lee: Hey Soul Sister” – Xpress article 16/11/11

Perth singer-songwriter Shameem Taheri-Lee is set to release her debut album this Saturday, November 19, at the Hyde Park Hotel. Shameem took her band to Soundbaker Studios to lay down 10 tracks of smooth soul-funk and R&B, an exciting follow up to her 2009 EP Universe for Afternoon Tea. PATRICK MARLBOROUGH chatted to Shameem about the album, her upcoming shows, and where her music fits in the Perth scene.

Born in Australia to a Chinese-Malaysian father and an Iranian mother, Shameem Taheri-Lee is an expressive musician who has been wowing crowds with her soulful voice. Over the phone, she is as infectious and calming as her music. She begins discussing the recording process of her new album.
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Back to The Ground – inspiration

The lyrics for “Back to The Ground” are here.

I wrote this song while in London, in collaboration with Grammy-winning producer James Bryan and song writer Nick Whitecross, who was a member of British 80’s dance/ synth band Kissing the Pink. We initially intended to write a house track, but in the end we felt that the melody works better with a more medium-tempo groove.

This song is the story of my life, and could be yours too – living the busy-busy-busy 21st century lifestyle, and wishing that you could somehow untangle yourself and have a little break!

Back to the Ground – lyrics

Back to The Ground

What the heck am I doing?
Sometimes I got to stop myself and ooh!
Bring it back to the ground
Gotta stop to get moving
back to where I want to be and ooh!
Bring it back to the ground, bring it back to the ground
Bring it back to the ground

Feels like I’m running everyday of my life
So tired of always racing with time
I wish I could just stop and rewind
to somewhere I can free my mind

Wake up each morning with my head full of plans
So much to do it’s getting way out of hand
They slip through my fingers like grains of sand
and I just don’t understand

What the heck am I doing?
Sometimes I got to stop myself and ooh!
Bring it back to the ground
Gotta stop to get moving
back to where I want to be and ooh!
Bring it back to the ground, bring it back to the ground
Bring it back to the ground

Well, I know what I want but it is so hard to change
I keep on trying but I’m stuck on this page
There’s a mess in my head I need to re-arrange
to get me out of this place

What the heck am I doing?
Sometimes I got to stop myself and ooh!
Bring it back to the ground
Gotta stop to get moving
back to where I want to be and ooh!
Bring it back to the ground, bring it back to the ground
Bring it back to the ground

I want some time for a bubble bath
I need my space just to meditate, yeah
Don’t want to lean on caffeine, no, no
I wanna let my hair down, be free
I wanna be free

What the heck am I doing?
Sometimes I got to stop myself and ooh!
Bring it back to the ground
Gotta stop to get moving
back to where I want to be and ooh!
Bring it back to the ground, bring it back to the ground
Bring it back to the ground, bring it back to the ground
Bring it back to the ground