Alice Amelia
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Alice Amelia

Genre:
Soul

Combine a classically trained pianist along with an intense, soulful voice and hard-hitting, thought-provoking humanitarian lyrics, you are presented with singer/songwriter Alice Amelia.

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Introduction

Combine a classically trained pianist along with an intense, soulful voice and hard-hitting, thought-provoking humanitarian lyrics, you are presented with singer/songwriter Alice Amelia.

Bio

Having been chosen to perform at the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics on the Emerging Icon's stage, along with supporting Ellie Goulding back in 2009, as well as airplay on radio stations such as BBC 1Xtra, BBC 6 radio & BBC Introducing, Alice Amelia is set for an exciting future in the music industry. Her eclectic songwriting stretches right across the musical spectrum. Examples include top-line writing for dubstep, pop and dance music, with 2 of her dubstep tracks (produced by up and coming producer Cruso), being made Record Of The Week on BBC 1xtra & Amazing Radio. Although Alice will continue collaborating with various producers, her defining sound is found through her own compositions. Her songwriting leans towards a soul/R&B/jazz vibe creating skin-tingling, unique ear-catching sounds with both her voice and the piano. With songs such as 'Funny Little Creature' and 'We Are All The Same', there's something about her songwriting that seems to connect with people on a deeper level, both on a conscious and unconscious level. As she states, "I'm naturally an intense person, so when it comes to sitting at the piano, I become like 10 times more intense, meaning I don't like to just write cliche, generic lyrics that most 'popular' music tends to use like 'fly-by-night' love or getting drunk in a club. Instead, my songs are based on an expression of human truth and awareness, which I really feel is important to talk about; especially in the type of world we live today where the truth is so unbelievably censored. In that respect, artists like Erykah Badu, Kelis, India Arie and Emeli Sande are massive inspirations". Her EP "Your:Self is now available to download on iTunes, Spotify & Bandcamp,

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Q. How did you first get into playing music?

I was classically trained on the violin and piano from the age of 6. My dad is a violinist for the Royal Opera House and also a pianist and composer, so I naturally was inspired to play music from watching him as I grew up. Plus my mum would blast anything and everything from Patsy Cline to UB40 to T-Rex, all day, everyday, for my entire childhood, whilst singing very, very loudly, so it was just a matter of time before I started making my own little tunes.

Q. How long have you been performing?

I have been performing publicly since I was 15.

Q. How would you describe your sound in one sentence?

A mish-mash of genres, from dubstep to soul, united by one expressive voice.

Q. What makes your music unique?

I guess the fact I rarely stick to one particular genre? Floating around different areas of music is something that has always naturally happened with me. I’m an emotional wee thing and different genres offer different outlets for the emotion/message I’m trying to portray. This has meant I’ve managed to appeal to a range of people from dubstep listeners to those that prefer simple piano/vocal songs. I want to connect with everyone and not segregate myself into one musical corner.

Q. What inspires you to write songs?

The inner part of me that wants to heal everyone and everything around me. Whether it actually does or not I have no idea, but ever since I started creating music, there always seems to be a lyrical theme of 'this is what's wrong, this is how we can make it better'. I remember being about 6 years old and my friends took turns in getting counselling sessions with me in the corner of the playground haha inspiration in this sense comes anywhere from analysing people around me to world political issues. I'm forever analysing.

Q. What have been your best and worst gig experiences?

My best gig was my Your:Self EP launch in Brighton. The venue was packed out and I had the most amazing session musicians playing with me - some serious funk went down. Then to top it off, Pete Bennett from Big Brother came in at the end and told me he 'just knew' I was gonna be a huge artist. That was nice. My worst gig was when I was playing on a really slippery floor and my sustain pedal kept sliding forward, so in each song I was basically doing the splits while trying to pull back the pedal and sing and play the piano at the same time – major cringe.

Q. If you had to listen to one album for the rest of your life what would it be?

India Arie, “Acoustic Soul”.

Q. What do you get up to when you’re not making music?

I love looking in to 'out there' subjects like about UFOs, conspiracy theories, ancient history, astrology...all that kind of stuff fascinates me. I'm also a bit of a yoga freak and I love cleaning. God, I am cool.

Q. What are your goals at the moment?

My main goal at the moment is to get a new song released at the end of summer joined with my first ever music video.

Q. What have you been working on lately? Any new tracks or gigs lined up?

I have just been preparing for my performances at Beach Break Live and Glastonbury festival. Once festival season is over, I can get back in the studio!

Q. What do you think of Unsigned Band Review?

UBR has opened doors to some amazing industry opportunities, giving me great support and promotion along the way. This is hands down the most valuable and rewarding online music platform for unsigned artists.

Q. What is the name of the last track that you wrote and what is it about?

The latest track I've written is going to be the new single, so I'll keep it a surprise ;)

Q. What was the music scene like where you grew up?

The music scene where I grew up in Hertfordshire had a really great mixture of all types of bands and artists. In saying that, male rock & indie bands were the most domineering, but from what it seems, that seems to be the case in most English towns! It did kind of work out for me being the odd one out though, as a female soul singer/songwriter tinkling away on her piano...

Reviews

Act name: Alice Amelia

Reviews of: Passion (2)

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  • The combination of Alice's voice and those jazzy chords are a potent force indeed. Both make an individuality that should serve her well. It's what goes with it that may decide whether she goes mainstream or not. On "Passion" there is a tasteful if slightly bland arrangement that does finally get going after 3 minutes. It works with this song but going forwards I think Alive should choose to go with something that is equally as original as her "core strengths".

  • I am so glad the track is so stripped back so we have the chance to appreciate her voice as much as possible. Alice’s voice is so special and she uses it well. The track overall is so chilled but still, you can feel the passion from the vocals, just as well that is name of the song.

Act name: Alice Amelia

Reviews of: Soul (Produced by Cruso) (2)

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  • High tempo overtones with a solid beat and incredible soulful vocals. Alice Amelia creates a track that could be listened to in the morning to wake up to, in a club after a few drinks or driving a car at night.

  • I'm already a big fan of this track. It's expertly produced with some luscious and moody synths. There's a great vocal performance that has been cleverly placed in the sound. Alice seems totally dedicated to her art and there are subtle hooks that come at you after a few listens. It reminds me a little of "Timeless" by Goldie and I adore that track. Listen.

Act name: Alice Amelia

Reviews of: Funny Little Creature (1)

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  • Proper piano playing with a Jazz tinge and soulful, emotive vocals. She reminds me a little of Alicia Keys. This track is like an unfinished painting - there's so much you could do with it - but none of it has been. Choice of backing musicians and Producer will be key decisions.

Act name: Alice Amelia

Reviews of: Undoubtedly Doubtful (Demo) (2)

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  • Undoubtedly Doubtful -- "Undoubtedly Doubtful" is a sweet little piano medley that could easily be the breakdown piece of a musical. The vocalist has a soaring, dramatic voice that conveys every heartfelt lyric powerfully to the listener. If you're a fan of musical theatre, this ballad track is the one for you.

  • Undoubtedly Doubtful. A piano swells and breaks behind a lone vocalist. Not a huge amount to this track, it's all a wee bit Tasmin Archer at times, and the key change doesn't help.

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