A big part of the enjoyment of new music for me is actually randomly and spontaneously ‘discovering’ new artists, so I try to avoid putting out general requests for artists or PR companies to send me music as this video from Tom Robinson will attest.
I do however make few exceptions, and one such exception is a great music PR company called Pluggin’ Baby, run by Emma Scott, a very bubbly and knowledgeable independent music promoter and radio plugger. I received an email from Emma in July introducing me to Andriah Arrindell and her song ‘Time To Shine’ which took my breath away. This song has a classic 90’s soul feel, yet it sounds fresh and relevant. The musical arrangements are simple, yet the gentle piano which leads the song with the percussion and synth strings elevate this song to classic status, and Andriah’s supreme vocals inject soul, passion and hope.
Andriah has a strong gospel background which explains the quality and power of her voice. She has performed with the highly acclaimed London Community Gospel Choir, and has shared the stage with a number of world-class artists such as Aretha Franklin, Jamie Cullum, and Madonna. She also sang backing vocals for Shola Ama, and performed at the Obama Inauguration event with Kelly Rowland and Mica Paris.
Andriah’s debut album ‘Time To Shine’, is a collaboration with the very talented and likeable underground and afro-beat and dance producer Whytepatch from Afrojopa Records. The album is due for release later this month, and the title track is the first single, which is now available to download.
I had the pleasure and privilege of welcoming Andriah and Whytepatch to our studios for an interview and a sneaky preview of a couple of tracks from her forthcoming album, and here is this interview for your listening pleasure.
Here is a sneak peek at Andriah’s next single Picture Perfect