Bashiyra – The Vortex Blog
If you missed the pre-launch at The Vortex (London), Monday July 15th 2013 for the new sophomore album INDEPENDENT (USA) and the new EP release on Expansion Records called ONE SHOT AT LOVE (UK) then you missed a fantastic night!!!!
But…… before we get to the night let’s give you some background information on the build-up to the Pre-Launch night and what was involved!
The theme for July 15th 2013 was acoustic based allowing for the full orchestral support when the official launch for the album takes place and the planning for that has already taken subtle shape and BASHIYRA can’t wait to share more of that as the process firms up!! So staying with the Pre-Launch energy, as an independent BASHIYRA is heavily involved in the creative output of her performances and her pre-launch was no different, in fact it was perhaps more intense as there were a number of angles to cover. Fortunately she had great administrative support and was in good hands to have her pre-launch event regulated from a high vision range. The little things really made all the difference like food menu cards containing her logo and information links where people could find out more info about her, to interviews being conducted by her band members outside in the glorious sunshine with interested spectators looking on with joyous wonderment. BASHIYRA recalls her backing singer Josie Platt commenting on camera “Wow BASHIYRA, I didn’t know that!!” in such beautiful awe, in relation to a specific around her biography and who she’s been fortunate enough to share a stage with, but for more info on that visit:- http://www.bashiyra.com/biography/
The idea of a pre-launch was born out of a personal need by BASHIYRA to let her fans and supporters know “Hey listen my sophomore album ‘INDEPENDENT‘ is definitely happening but whilst my team and I cultivate some more of the logistical sparkle to the entire project, let me give my faithful and true supporters/fans an insight musically of what to expect from this album!” Additionally in the background to this foreground was another great opportunity actually taking shape and that was to emerge during the planning process of BASHIYRA’s pre-launch event for INDEPENDENT by way of an EP release called ONE SHOT AT LOVE via Expansion Records (UK). The release is set and music lovers all over the world will have access to this new music from August 5th 2013 and BASHIYRA is super excited at sharing her songs via the great production compiled by Amar Naik (UK) with song-writing credits to BASHIYRA, Amar, and SoulMusic.Com founder David Nathan.
Throughout the 3 month planning process BASHIYRA would wake and sleep Pre-Launch, Pre-Launch Pre-Launch and so in effect, literally gave birth to the project live on Monday July 15th 2013 at The Vortex Jazz Club. Along the way were some definitive challenges that BASHIYRA and her team had to find the best possible solutions around and simply stay focused on the end goal. The blessings far outweighed any challenges (challenges which ultimately only set BASHIYRA up for more determined pro-activity anyway!!) and meeting people like UK singing sensation Beverley Knight and USA Charlie Wilson who both took the time out to listen and speak with BASHIYRA (ahead of July 15th) offering her a wealth of supportive advice were really classic cherries on an already sugar sweet experience.
Words of wisdom also from the notable Cosmo Morgan, Jay Prev, Steve Ripley, Amar Naik, David Nathan and BASHIYRA’s right hand person the one and only Angela Reynolds (her PA) all of whom were the ‘potent wood logs’ for her fire and they all kept BASHIYRA inspired and focused. Her band led by MD (Musical Director) Nick Norton-Smith (on saxophone and flute) was further creative happiness as her new songs took on a beautiful life away from the sound recordings whilst actively retaining the original integrity, and with the additional magic drops of Fin Crowther on piano, Josie Platt on backing vox and Tello Morgado on percussion BASHIYRA was magnificently up, up and away……..
BASHIYRA acknowledges the wonderful and phenomenal support of Sound Fusion Radio, FilmFeet Productions, Jenni Steele and Mary Egunyu at Whoa FM. She’d also like to thank Heaven Sent Consultancy, Onita Boone and Xenia as well as Solar Radio and Black Women in The Arts.
BASHIYRA was now officially ready to sing her heart content!!!! And sing was just what she did, (9) new songs of melodic and lyrical enticement both in expression and musicality to a full packed venue of music loving recipients who travelled far and wide to be with BASHIYRA on her special night. The applause was rapturous, the love in the room breath-taking and the skill and talent undeniable. To quote one of BASHIYRA’s media partners Sound Fusion Radio:- “WHAT A FANTASTIC NIGHT IT WAS AS WELL. BASHIYRA DELIVERED A PERFORMANCE OF AWESOME PROPORTIONS, IN AN ACOUSTIC SETTING WITH THE AUDIENCE UP FRONT AND PERSONAL. BASHIYRA USED ‘THE VOICE’ FOR SURE, SHOWING SHE IS EVERY BIT THE RECORD BREAKER WE KNOW HER TO BE. A DEFINITE 11 OUT OF 10 FROM US AT SFR.”
David Nathan went on record to say “ BASHIYRA ‘The Voice’ – brilliant show at The Vortex tonight…felt so proud that I brought you and Amar Naik together to produce great music and hearing those songs come to life on-stage was absolutely thrilling!!! Thank you Ralph Tee for supporting this project with the new EP “One Shot At Love,” coming out on Expansion Records on August 5! All my peeps, once it’s out, you gotta buy it!!! (I actually co-wrote a song on there myself)!”
So there you have it!! And what better way to share in the extended experience of BASHIYRA ‘The Voice’ and her multiple chart successes than to join her this coming Fri Sept 6th at The Island Bar, Pipers Island. See you there!!