Sunday 24th April 2016
£20.00 - £42.50
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.
+ SPECIAL GUEST (24/1/2016): TONY MOMRELLE!
Thank god for the friend who, nearly 20 years ago, persuaded a young Tony Momrelle –today, one of the UK’s most significant and exciting soulful singer-songwriters - to visit the Olympic Studios in Barnes, south London and contribute a few backing vocals. Momrelle was 18 and well on his way with a Youth Training Scheme in the car industry; music was something of a sideline….
Momrelle picks the story up. “I was looking at a career in marketing” he explains. “I had been messing around in a hip-hop band, and a few people knew I could sing, but I wasn’t convinced about travelling across London for a random job I knew nothing about. Of course I did go down to Barnes and there was Gloria Estefan in the studio waiting for me.”
They call that a baptism of fire. As a professional singer Momrelle was straight in at the deep end, but Estefan liked what she heard and soon there were other lucrative offers of session work. “I got the pay cheque for my work with Gloria and I was blown away; I realised that maybe I could make a serious go of singing. I was still aware of the risk but, for me, it was worth taking; I’ve never looked back.”
Momrelle is another of those effortlessly talented artists with a family upbringing steeped in music and entertainment. He started studying music from the age of just 8 and would embrace gospel through regular church attendance. At 13, he’d switch to “part-time” rapping with a local hip-hop group and then five years’ later, in 1991, would fatefully meet Estefan.
Since then he’s been touring with the biggest and best. His association with Estefan has been rather impressively followed by work for Whitney Houston, Sir Elton John, Take That and most recently Sade. He’s also recorded with urban gospel group Seven, and released two artist albums – the first, Freetime, appeared on Art & Soul in 1999; the second, Message In The Music, arrived 10 years later.
All of this, however, is to forget Momrelle’s long and fruitful association with those bastions of live soulful groove, Incognito. His consistently tip-top vocals on the road impressed Incognito main man Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick to the extent of offering him a spot on both the band’s 2002 album Life Stranger Than Fiction and their relentless international tour dates.
“I was very fortunate to land with Incognito. It was all word of mouth” Momrelle reveals. “I would have started touring with them even earlier than I did but there were issues with my visa. Bluey remembered me though and brought me in; it was amazing to be recognised in that way.”
Momrelle has been busy over the past two years touring the world for Sade, supporting Incognito and driving momentum with Reel People, fronting the band everywhere from Europe to Japan. But now he’s ready to focus fully on himself.
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 Omar, Imaani, Jamie Cullum, David Ryan Harris, Emeli Sande, Gwyneth herbert, Lucy silvas, Alice russell, Jarle Bernhoft, The magnets, The swingle singers, Shlomo, Eska, Krystle warren, The boxettes, Shaun Escoffery, JP cooper, Natalie Duncan, Vanessa Haynes, Espa, Mc Zani, Kele le roc, Jon Allen, Nayanna Holly, Tony Momrelle, Mo Brandis, Terri Walker, Jamie Woon
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”
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