Some snaps from my solo tour, which included shows at The Loft, Gold Coast, and at Maleny Music Festival in Sunshine Coast.
It’s been a busy and exciting 2015 for Shameem. In the span of one year she has:
- Released her sophomore album The Second City. The album and its singles (Beautiful Soul and Under One Sun) have garnered some great press coverage and reviews
- Received airplay on over 80 Australian community/ ABC radio stations and 130 USA college radio stations, and charted in the Top 30 at 6 USA stations, including two Top 5 positions
- Toured the Australian east coast twice – once with her band and once solo – each time performing 9 shows in 7 cities/ towns
- Supported Michael Bolton at Perth Concert Hall, and supported Anthony Callea at The Quarry Amphitheatre
- Performed in Toronto, including a showcase at Canadian Music Week
- Sold out her show at the Perth International Jazz Festival
- Been nominated for the (international) Independent Music Awards for “Under One Sun”, and placed 4th in the Australian Songwriting Contest Contemporary Pop/ Dance category for “Beautiful Soul”
Shameem is currently back in Perth, focussing on writing some new material in her home studio. She will be announcing her next tours in early 2016.
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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Here are some pics from my Australian Solo Tour – 9 shows in 11 days in 8 towns/ cities!
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So I was surfing Google and I found this BMA Magazine review of my Canberra tour show by accident! What a nice surprise…
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At The Basement, Friday February 20
Been to The Basement lately? The venue’s makeover is gobsmacking, with the old décor, including the big spider, replaced by a flash look with autographed guitars and LPs on the walls. While still supporting metal fans, the venue now embraces a wider range of genres. Instead of bone crushing beats and ragged screams, tonight’s show engulfed us in a wave of funk.
Some photos from tour… 14 days of jam-packed madness, including 9 shows in 7 cities in 11 days, and radio interviews/ performances coming out of our ears!
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Just recently, the band embarked on the scenic 5-hour drive to WA’s Great South to perform shows in the lovely towns of Albany and Denmark. Here’s a snap of me and guitarist Dom Barrett at the ABC South Coast studios, where we did an acoustic on-air performance.
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Later that day we performed at the beautiful Denmark Arts Markets. Such a lovely, relaxed atmosphere, with the audience all chilling out on the grassy river bank.
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Shameem (the full band) will once more be heading south to Albany and Denmark at the end of February to perform at their favourite regional venues. Show details are below and here.
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Flight from Perth to Sydney: 4 hours. Sydney to LA: 14 hours. LA to Atlanta: 4 hours.
In Atlanta airport there is a baby grand piano in the food court of one of the terminals. The man at the piano is Tonee, who tinkles the ivories and croons the best of pop, soul and jazz tunes to the diverse people who pass through the food court. As I sat enjoying a smoothie, Tonee noticed me lip-syncing along to his music, and called me up to perform in his place. The crowd at Atlanta airport showed their appreciation of my covers of Aretha Franklin and Michael Jackson with warm-hearted applause – it was a good start to the trip!
These shots are taken by various people: friends, strangers, and strangers who became friends! The photos are from a variety of performances, from the big Canadian Music Festival gigs to the sweet and simple house concerts. Thank you to one and all who shared this wonderful journey with me.