Sunday 17th March
£20.00 - £30.00
Hosted by the wonderfully charismatic and talented soul singer Natalie Williams and her band, Soul Family Sunday offers the chance to catch some of the best R&B, soul and jazz musicians in the UK up close and personal.
While guests vary from month to month, there is always the opportunity to hear music of the highest quality where the
stars of the British scene showcase their material in an exciting ad hoc setting.
Imaani has performed worldwide on television, in the studio, and live with such luminaries as Jocelyn Brown, Gloria Gaynor, Incognito, Betty Wright, Mica Paris, Stephen Marley, Julian Marley, Carleen Anderson, Leon Ware and the legendary Chaka Khan, to name but a few.
Her emotive lead vocal contributions can be heard on the classic Urban Species album ‘Blanket’ and of course, no less than nine of the celebrated Jazz funk band Incognito albums including 'Eleven', 'Beneath The Surface' and 'Adventures in Black Sunshine', Bees & Things & Flowers, Tales from the Beach , Surreal and the Incognito 30th Anniversary Live. During the course of her long running relationship with Incognito, Imaani has completed seven world tours and is still an active member of the band. She also is a front member of the of the incredible Reel People with whom she has participated on two albums, ‘Seven ways to Wonder’ and ‘Golden Lady’
With her song 'Where are you', Imaani achieved a Number 15 position in the UK chart and a celebrated Number 1 position in several European countries. Imaani also had chart success with Garage outfit Tru Faith & Dub Conspiracy with their single 'Freak Like Me' reaching Number 12 and becoming a club dance classic.
Imaani’s distinctive vocal has featured on ten singles for House Music production unit Copyright, with tracks including 'Running Away', 'Time', 'Bring Me Love', ‘Wizeman’ and ‘Nobody’ all becoming club anthems across the globe. She has also written and performed on the upcoming album ‘Future Retro’ from the talented Layabouts.
Imaani’s solo single ‘Found My Light’ remixed by the Layabouts and released on the Reel People Music label has become her biggest to date, becoming one of the most downloaded dance tracks in 2011
While her contributions to the 2012 Down to the Bone album ‘The Main Ingredients’ have been received with rave reviews.
Imaani is currently working on a solo album and can be seen performing with her live band around the country.
NATALIE WILLIAMS BIOGRAPHY
Now launching her 6th solo album, MOBO nominated singer- songwriter, Natalie Williams, is an essential fixture in UK music.
With her incredible all star 10 piece band she is in the 7th year of running and hosting her monthly residency, Soul Family Sundays, at the Club, which has featured the likes of Lalah Hathaway, Jamie Cullum, David Ryan Harris, Jarle Bernhoft, Hamish Stuart, Alice Russell, Terri Walker, Gwyneth Herbert, Krystle Warren, Eska, Roachford, Emeli Sande, Omar and many more.
Throughout her career, Natalie has toured extensively around the globe, performing at a number of the world’s leading live music events including opening the London Jazz Festival (2009) at the Barbican with Guy Barker’s Jazz Voice, Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Glastonbury Festival and the Royal Jubilee Pageant, amongst many more.
Williams has appeared as a featured artist with RnB producer and DJ, Nu:Tone, collaborated with The Heritage Orchestra, Goldie, Bugz In The Attic, Jamie Cullum, Shlomo and Amy Winehouse, supported John Legend, Lemar, Alison Moyet, Babyface and the Neville Brothers. She appeared with legendary drummer, Manu Katché, on his French TV show ‘One Shot Not’ alongside Kurt Elling. More recently, Williams has performed backing vocals for Cee-Lo Green, Miss Dynamite and Keri Hilson.
2012 saw her at the Barbican’s sold out Urban Classics performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, performing backing vocals for Ed Sheeran, Devlin and Miss Dynamite. Returning in August 2013 at the Royal Albert Hall with the LSO and featuring Laura Mvula and Maverick Sabre.
2011 saw the start of Natalie’s exciting, popular and vibrant vocal collaboration, BLINQ, alongside the king and queen of the British vocal jazz scene, Ian Shaw and Liane Carroll, vibrant soul singer Brendan Reilly of Basement Jaxx and Mercury nominated pianist, Gwilym Simcock. The project’s sell out performances in 2012 received great critical acclaim.
In January 2012 she started collaborating with Bluey from Incognito, co-writing three tracks on the acclaimed new album ‘Surreal’ and she has since joined the band as one of the lead singers of the group, touring the USA, Europe and the Jakarta and Shanghai Jazz Festivals in 2012. Their Japan Blue Note tour in August 2012 saw Natalie her appear alongside legendary songwriter, Leon Ware, performing his original classic ‘Inside My Love’ written for Minnie Ripperton.
2013 has seen Natalie go from strength to strength. Her busy diary with Incognito has taken her to the USA and throughout Europe including performing solo at the Royal Albert Hall in May supporting Mario Biondi.
Natalie Williams drive and fluidly evolving artistry is undeniable – a drive that was rewarded in October 2010 when she was nominated for a MOBO Award for best UK soul, in a category alongside internationally recognised artists Sade, Corinne Bailey-Rae and Plan B. Whether she’s featuring as a sensational singer-songwriter, producer, promoter, or champion of burgeoning talent, she’ll forever be the epitome of a true artist.
…”People can’t help but go away with a bit of Williams’ natural sparkle having attached itself to them”
special guest: Leigh Coleman
It is hard to believe that a young musician from a market town in the Midlands could develop a style astonishingly reminiscent of the classic Soul artists of the 50′s and 60′s, whilst maintaining a sense of modernity and freshness. Yet this is exactly what Leigh Coleman manages to conjure in his song writing and performance. His unwaveringly calm temperament melting with the joyous rhythmic influences of jazz and funk produces songs of emotional openness and a pop sensibility that will resonate with all who hear him.
Now, Leigh finds himself on the cusp of major recognition, and undoubtedly transatlantic mainstream success; all at the tender age of 22. Listening to Coleman it is clear he has a vast tapestry of influences, some of which drawn from listening to his parents’ record collection at just four years old; his first memories being Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ album, as well as George Benson, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra.
Leigh Coleman’s notoriety as an artist has risen with remarkable alacrity over the last couple of years, and has seen him travel around Europe singing with and supporting Joss Stone during her Soul Sessions 2 tour, and supporting the great, legendary Solomon Burke in February 2011. Whilst more recently performing with the legendary Sandie Shaw and Beverly Knight at London’s Global Angles Awards. Having already played alongside many greats, he is now looking forward to making his London Debut with dates at the, the 606 club,The Stables and the Mostly Jazz festival to name but a few.
Leigh’s Debut EP entitled ‘IT IS WHAT IT IS’ was recorded in Miami. Produced by Jonathan Joseph (Grammy award winning musician; Joe Zawinul, David Sanborn, Joss Stone, Ricky Martin and many more) and the Godmother of Miami Soul the legendary Betty Wright (multi-platinum selling and Grammy award winning Artist/ Producer ). The six tracks of original songs (including co-writes with Joss Stone and Betty Wright) are the real deal. The breathy tones of ‘Got what I wanted’ , the sunny feel of the title track and the quirky brilliance of the rhythmic track ‘Need You’ will leave you in no doubt, one listen will convince the most sceptical that this young man has been here before.
“From the moment I met Leigh, I knew it was not a casual encounter. Sometimes, you just know instantly that a student or an aspiring artist has ‘it’. His gentle spirit caressed the mother in me his fluidity on the frets flavoured his vocals and intrigued the musician in me. His voice evoked a quote I’ll borrow from a lifelong friend, Lionel Richie: Easy, Like Sunday Mornin’. He is a Soul Man…..that Coleman”.
(Ms B) Betty Wright
“It’s not very often you come across someone with bags of soul like Leigh. He’s entirely captivating, magical and puts a unique and modern twist on classic soul-driven, hook-laden acoustic grooves.”
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