Under One Sun – inspiration

The lyrics for “Under One Sun” are here.

Scientists have discovered that every single human being on the planet shares 99.9% of their genes with every other human. In other words, we are 99.9% genetically the same as everyone else, and only 0.1% different. Through genetic research, scientists have also concluded that we are all descended from a common ancestor who lived in Africa some 200,000 years ago. So we are literally all related to each other, by blood.

Even before I learnt these scientific concepts regarding evolution and DNA, I was a believer in the oneness of humanity from a spiritual point of view. In the Baha’i Writings, it says: “O CHILDREN OF MEN! Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other. Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest.”

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 Painting by Phil Doncon.

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Under One Sun – lyrics

Under One Sun

It takes just one moment, just one dream
‘Cause you know we all need to be loved
We come from one ancestor, just one forefather
And one earth mother, under one sun

We are but one, we are but one
Don’t you know that everyone’s dreaming under one sun?
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Brand new single – Under One Sun

Shameem_UnderOneSun_single_cover_higresShameem is stoked to announce the release of her brand new single “Under One Sun”! “Under One Sun” is now available for purchase on iTunes. The track was co-written with and produced by Grammy-winning UK-based producer James Bryan, who has worked with such artists as Nelly Furtado, Olly Murs and James Morrison.

Ever true to Shameem’s mission to encourage social and spiritual consciousness, the lyrics of the song carry an important message of unity. The track has a bright, soul-pop feel, with a hint at the soulful grooves of Stevie Wonder and the rich harmonies of D’Angelo.

The captivating video, in which EVERYTHING is made of paper, was produced by up and coming Perth director Jason Eshraghian. It was created in collaboration with Western Australian artists Renee Farrant, who created all the paper objects in the video including Shameem’s outfit, and Phil Doncon, who created the painting that is featured in the video’s narrative.


New album now available!

Shameem’s new album is now available for purchase! This self-titled debut album features 10 brand new tracks written by Shameem, including one song co-written by Grammy-winning UK producer James Bryan.

This album brings together 18 months’ work of writing, performing, touring and experiencing that amazing thing called life. Driven by Shameem’s soulful, expressive voice and the strong rhythmic grooves of her band, the songs tell many different stories of hope, anguish, love, protest and growth – check out the lyrics and inspirations here.

Now available at the following stores:

Online stores

BandCamp – online download and physical CD
CD Baby – online download only
iTunes – online download only

Perth Record Stores

Fat Shan Records
Planet Video

“Keep ‘Em Shameem” – Drum Media article 17/11/11

Local songstress Shameem Taheri-Lee and her band launch their debut LP this weekend, and Jackson Best finds out the goss.

You first caught people’s ears with the Universe for Afternoon Tea EP back in 2009. What’s been happening since Afternoon Tea? Playing lots of shows, and writing lots of songs! Earlier this year we did a big WA tour, which was challenging and exciting for the band. I also did a songwriting trip to London mid-year and scoped out the music scene while I was there, and played a few gigs too.
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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!

Album Launch!

Shameem & her band are releasing their debut album: 10 brand new tracks, freshly recorded, including a track co-written by Grammy-winning producer James Bryan in the UK.

Held in the stylish, newly renovated Hyde Park Hotel, this promises to be a special evening, with a lot of SURPRISES… not to be missed! Entry is FREE. The album will be available for purchase for the first time – be the first to get your hands on a copy!

Saturday 19th November, 8:00pm-12:00 midnight
The Hyde Park Hotel, cnr Fitzgerald and Bulwer Streets, North Perth

Support acts and special guests include:
Tiaryn Griggs
Georgia Mooney
Ndorse (of the Brow Horn Orchestra)
Donovan de Souza (of the Accumulated Gestures)

London trip

In late May/ early June, I braved the 24 hours of travel to the city of red buses and phoneboxes. My purpose: songwriting, gigging, jamming, networking, learning, scouting. The perks: fun, friends and shopping.

Songwriting: this was the real stimulus for the trip. I’d been invited by James Bryan (who produced Nelly Furtado’s recent #1 album, “Mi Plan”) to do some co-writing with him. I spent 3 sessions with him at Kensaltown studios, during which time we wrote 2 songs… one gospel-ish number about world unity, and one more groovy neo-soul tune about the stress of the 21st century lifestyle. 
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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.
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