Etta James passed away today… What an amazing voice this lady had. Few people could pull off that raw sound with a cheeky grin at the same time. Sad news.
And boy does he do it well. Alex Clare is by far the stand-out male soloist to have emerged in this year- and although he hasn’t hit the mainstream yet, I’m so sure there will be a time when he is massive.
Sometimes the classics are the best – from the Motown of the Isley Brothers and Smokey Robinson to soul legends like Gladys Knight and Etta James, there is a timeless appeal to beautifully crafted songs performed with soul, verve and above all, honesty – Berri Farley is a singer who clearly understands this power.
Already hailed by the likes of industry barometer Music Week and declared as ‘one to watch for 2011’ by the Irish Times alongside the likes of James Blake and The Vaccines, Berri Farley is set to conquer ears and hearts with her remarkable debut E.P, available from June 6th. Check out here.