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Brand new single – Beautiful Soul

Shameem_Single_Sleeve-cover_lowresShameem is very excited to announce the release of her brand new single “Beautiful Soul”! “Beautiful Soul” is available for purchase on iTunes and BandCamp, and streaming services such as Spotify. Check out the sunshine-drenched music video, produced by Red Bird Creative in Shameem’s hometown of Perth.

“Beautiful Soul” is the first single from The Second City, Shameem’s forthcoming sophomore album. Driven by Shameem’s expressive, soulful vocals, an unforgettable hook and a phat urban beat, “Beautiful Soul” draws together elements of R&B, soul and a slight tinge of jazz. Shameem’s sense of social consciousness has informed the lyrics, which draw attention to the way in which children are taught prejudice and indifference by adults.

Shameem, who considers herself a “musician” rather than a “singer”, not only wrote but also co-produced the track, contributing to the drum programming and keyboards as well as the instrumental and vocal arrangements.

Beautiful Soul (full video)

Shameem_Single_Sleeve-cover_lowresPurchase “Beautiful Soul” on iTunes. Also available on Bandcamp.

Produced by Red Bird Creative. Dress created by Ayesha Parsons of Decisively Ambiguous and Aggie Ampersand. Makeup by Gail Wilton; hair by Sharryn Sinclair.

Beautiful Soul shoot

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Photos taken by Red Bird Creative and edited by Angelyne Wolfe. Make-up by Gail Wilton; hair by Sharryn Sinclair. Dress created by Ayesha Parsons of Decisively Ambiguous and Aggie Ampersand.

Beautiful Soul – lyrics

Beautiful Soul

Every boy and every girl
Born with such a beautiful soul
Is taught ugliness in this world
Haven’t you heard?
Haven’t you heard?

Such an innocent creature
Born into this life
Carries no preconceptions, no wrongs
But we teach them to be cautious of the other
Not to just trust and love one another
“It’s dangerous”, we say

Every boy and every girl
Born with such a beautiful soul
Is taught ugliness in this world
Haven’t you heard?
Every boy and every girl
Born with such a beautiful soul
Is taught ugliness in this world
Haven’t you heard?

Haven’t you heard?

And wherever you go now
Those little eyes are watching
Every evil you harbour, they’ll see
Please don’t behave as if you think only of yourself
Without considering the needs of anyone else
You know what is at play

[Chorus]

It’s so absurd
How we teach them to choose darkness over light
They heed our word
When we tell them they should fight
Instead of stand up for what is right

[Chorus x2]

Haven’t you heard?
Haven’t you heard?
Haven’t you heard?
Haven’t you heard?

Beautiful Soul – inspiration

The lyrics for “Beautiful Soul” are here.

In the house where I grew up, we had a copy of the painting “Temily Means Peace” by Western Australian artist Chelinay Gates (shown below) hanging on our living room wall. This picture was a strong image in my mind throughout my childhood, symbolising harmony and unity in diversity. My parents taught me that it didn’t matter what your racial or religious background was, we were all members of one human family. I learnt these beautiful and powerful words: “Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.” (Bahá’u’lláh)

Temily Means Peace - Beautiful Soul

As I grew up, though, I realised that not everyone was being showered with these same ideals of harmony and unity as I was. In a society where prejudice is such a stealthy but pervasive reality, I found it difficult for myself personally to remain aloof of all the muck and not to succumb to the same preconceived assumptions, indifference and apathy that plagued so many others.
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Coming soon: brand new single

shameem_04_lowresShameem will be launching her new single “Beautiful Soul” in Perth with a full-band show at The Ellington Jazz Club on Friday 27 June. The show will include a premiere screening of the music video for the single, produced by Perth digital media start-up Red Bird Creative.

“Beautiful Soul” is the first single from The Second City, Shameem’s forthcoming sophomore album. The single will be available on YouTube and for online purchase and streaming on June 28. To be the first with the links, subscribe to Shameem’s monthly e-newsletter here.

 

Beautiful Soul video shoot

Here are some sneaky behind the scenes photos from the film shoot for the music video, produced by Red Bird Creative, for my upcoming single “Beautiful Soul”. You can see here my dress (designed by the wonderful Ayesha Parsons of Decisively Ambiguous), me in action getting my hair and make-up done, the crew in action filming, and then celebrating the end of the day with my pal Diego, who was such an amazing helper on the day, and Bill Dobbin, who was acting as the main character of the video.

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