Sunday 14th April
£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: JP Cooper
NEW EP - ‘Oh The Water’
RELEASE Date 4th February 2013
JP Cooper is proud to announce the release of his new 3-track EP, ‘Oh The Water’, due out on 8h February on No 1 Records. The EP was recorded in JP’s hometown of Manchester in October/November 2012 and was produced by JP Cooper & Simon Robbs and mixed by Dan Edinburg from New York band Stepkids (Stones Throw).
In addition to the 3 tracks that make up the main CD…there is also a second CD containing 3 remixes of the title track by Don Diablo, Murkage Cartel and Monochrome all brilliant in their own right, they offer a different flavour to the original and JP is delighted with the results.
Soundcloud link to full track listing:
Commenting on the title track of the EP, JP says:
“Oh The Water”. Is basically about saving yourself from the belief that you can’t do something. This song was massively born out of self-doubt. It’s me having a word with myself; it’s about facing something and figuring it out, rather than sweeping it under the rug’
JP Cooper was raised by his father and four older sisters in a three up two down in Middleton, North Manchester. He came a bit late to music as it didn’t feature prominently in his household in his formative years, though he does fondly remember sing-a-longs in the car on camping trips featuring the likes of ‘Lily The Pink’ and ‘You’ve Got A Friend’.
“I was born into a Catholic family in the 80's. My parents were artists, as was my granddad so the process of creation was always something that was around us.”
At 16 JP was singing in a prog metal band with some school mates. The band became local storm in a tin can Kid Conspiracy with JP doing his best Vedder impression. A more experimental schizo pop outfit called Eskimo Cowboy followed when JP was at college.
Since then he’s discovered some amazing singers along the way, finding inspiration in the Motown sound of Stevie, Marvin and Smokey, the nu-soul of D’Angelo, Erykah Badu and Michelle Ndegeocello via Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers.
He’s produced two EPs to date which are only available at his gigs. EP1(2011), features ‘Oh Brother’, ‘Little House We Built’, ‘Learn From The Landscapes’, ‘I’ve Been Watching’ and ‘While You Sleep’. EP2 (2012) features ‘The Only Reason’, ‘My Father’s House’, ‘Halo’ and ‘The Snow Be A Comin’. Both initial run of these EPs (1500 copies) have now SOLD OUT
JP has also toured the UK a number of times and was that good in the afternoon at Jamie Oliver/Alex James’s 2012 Feastival Festival he was asked to perform again between The Noisettes and Paloma Faith that evening, where once again he wowed the 10,000 strong crowd, Solo!!
JP sets off on a short tour in February to promote this next EP release where you can catch him ….
JP has been chosen as a BBC Introducing ‘One To Watch’ for 2013 and as a result of a live session for them late last year, recorded The Beatles ‘All You Need Is Love’ which is now available as a free download via this video link:
JP has recently collaborated with Dutch DJ Don Diablo providing the lyrics and top line to a touching tribute to Don’s father who recently passed away. The single went in to the Top Ten in Holland with all the proceeds going to the Dutch Cancer Trust. You can watch the accompanying video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca8Z0A5Zizw
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