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Echo – Under One Sun

A nice little Q&A from Byron Bay’s Echo.

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With a strong soul influence and a unique jazz sensibility, and peddling an important message, Under One Sun (her latest single release) is a catchy soul pop number that will leave you singing the heartfelt lyrics long after song’s end. Touching on how humanity has a common root, the chorus sees Shameem sing, ‘everyone’s dreaming under one sun’.

What does it mean to you to be a ‘socially conscious’ artist?
It means to use music and lyrics to raise people’s awareness of social issues, and to encourage them to engage in meaningful actions that can improve the state of their community.

What are the issues that you are most passionate about?
I’m very passionate about unity and the overcoming of prejudice, as I feel that disunity is the root cause behind most of the problems that we face in the world today. I’m also quite passionate about the education of children and young people, as they hold the keys to the future of the world; they will shape what the world will become.
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Scenestr – Finding Your Soul With Shameem

Had a really nice chat with Scenestr magazine, here’s the piece…

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Last Friday, Perth soul songstress Shameem released her new album, ‘The Second City’.

After a successful launch at the weekend at the Subiaco Arts Centre in Perth, Shameem will soon be packing her bags for an extensive east coast trip. But before she hits the open road, we managed to corner her with the following Q&A.

Your first single of your new album ‘The Second City’ entitled ‘Under One Sun’ is about spreading the spiritual message about how we all descended from the same gene pool. How did this song come into being?
Well, I was invited by James Bryan, who is an awesome producer and has worked with Nelly Furtado and James Morrison among others, to go to the UK where he is based and do some songwriting with him. He had come across my music by discovering some demos that I had put up on MySpace, of all places! So I travelled to the UK and spent a couple of days in his studio co-writing with him. ‘Under One Sun’ is the first song that we wrote together. I had already come up with the concept for the chorus, and together we refined it and fleshed out the rest of the song. He was really behind the message of the song too, so it came out really naturally.
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Australian Musician – Shameem: vocals

For the musicians and the music geeks, here’s a Q&A I did with Australian Musician.

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Perth based soulstress Shameem is preparing for a huge 2015, which includes the release of her sophomore album The Second City in January. With a nod and a wink to soul, RnB superstars such as Alicia Keys, Joss Stone and Lauryn Hill, Shammem’s brand of soul/pop is both joyous and contagious. Shameem sat down for a quick Q&A with Australian Musician

What was your first gig?
Paid or not paid? Haha. First time singing solo onstage was at the age of 6 singing “Lavender’s Blue” at a school assembly, backed up by the upper primary choir. Can’t remember what my first paid gig was; I think I might have been in my first year at uni, depping for a friend in a soul/ funk covers band.
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iZRA – Shameem

iZRA is an online magazine for kids ages 10+, and here’s a Q&A that I did with them.

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Socially conscious Perth soul songstress, Shameem has announced the release of her new single, Under One Sun and new album, The Second City set for release on January 16. Here she chats with us about the writing process and her creative collaboration.

1. What was it like working with Grammy-winning UK-based producer, James Bryan, (Nelly Furtado, Olly Murs, James Morrison), to co-write this single?: Well, it was my first big co-writing experience, so it was a really different approach to be bouncing ideas with someone else instead of just bouncing ideas around in my own head. I learnt a lot from working with James; he had a very clear idea about what things would work and what wouldn’t work in a song, so I would fire ideas at him and he would be like “yes… no… hmmm, try that again, but with a different lyric?” and really channel the direction of my creativity.
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TheAussieWord.com – Special Interview: Shameem

The Aussie Word did a little Q&A with me…

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What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it all begin? It began when I started taking piano lessons at the age of 7, got a bit more serious when I started writing songs profusely at the age of 12, and got even more serious when I released an EP of original music in 2009. The rest is history.

What had you first interested in music? Music was all around me growing up. My parents would constantly play music at home; everything from classical music through to The Beach Boys and Michael Jackson
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Love ‘Em – album review and Q&A

 

Some serious love for The Second City from music blog Love ‘Em! Also below is a Q&A that I did with them.

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This album blew me away. I’m not going to lie, this isn’t my usual type of music, but Shameem is such a standout that I had to give it a try anyway! And I’m so glad I did. This soulful, enchanting collection, with a distinctive jazzy feel, Shameem hasn’t messed around with this one. The lyrics were amazing; I was so relaxed by this album that it took me way too long to write a review at all! Upcoming artists are my favourite, Shameem offers such an honest, refreshing album. Definitely give this one a chance!

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“Q&A: Shameem” – Beat Magazine (Melbourne) article, 18/07/12

Define your genre in five words or less: Soul with a jazz tinge.

Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like? People have told me that I’m like a more jazzy/arty version of Alicia Keys or Sade. 

What do you love about making music? Telling a story and taking people on a journey.
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