Friday, April 8, 2011

COOL MUSIC FRIDAY #18 - Rumer

Say you need to chill?  Here's a little help...
Rumer is the professional name of the British female singer-songwriter, Sarah Joyce (born 1979, IslamabadPakistan).  Her stage name was inspired by the author Rumer Godden.  Rumer's voice has been described by The Guardian as being reminiscent of Karen Carpenter.  Supported by leading music industry figures including Burt BacharachJools Holland and Elton John, Rumer was nominated for two Brit awardson 13 January 2011.


She has an amazing story as well...

Rumer was born in 1979 in Pakistan, the youngest of seven children. Her mother's husband was a British engineer on the Tarbela Dam project and the family lived in a self-contained expatriate community near Islamabad. Her mother had a relationship with her cook, who was Pakistani and is Sarah's natural father, although none of her seven siblings knew she had a different father and she did not find out until the age of 11, when her parents divorced and the family returned to England.  Sarah went to school in Carlisle, which she left at 16 and spent some time studying drama at Dartington College of Arts in Devon before moving to London.  She tried her hand in bands and waitressing.When her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer Rumer moved to live in a caravan in the New Forest to be with her and started writing her own songs. Her mother died in 2003 and Sarah had a breakdown.  She joined a commune in the south of England for a year before returning to London to pursue her music career.

Under the name of Sarah Prentice, Rumer sang in a moderately successful London-based folk/indie band called La Honda between 2000 and 2001.  Her debut album Seasons of My Soul was released on 1 November 2010, produced by her mentor, British composer Steve Brown.  Her debut single, "Slow", was featured on Smooth FM, and the single "Aretha" on BBC Radio 2 as a Record of the Week, and she is signed to Atlantic Records. She supported American singer Joshua Radin on his 2010 tour and also supported Jools Holland on his UK tour in the Autumn of 2010 which included a performance at the Albert Hall in London.
Burt Bacharach invited her to his home in California so he could hear her sing and has since written a number of songs for her with lyricist Steven Sater.  On 13 December 2010, a Christmas EP Rumer Sings Bacharach at Christmas was released. It featured the song "Some Lovers" from the new musical by Bacharach and Sater, Gift of the Magi.  A limited edition 7 inch vinyl version was also released with a cover personally designed by Rumer.  Rumer also featured on the Boozoo Bajou album Grains, released on !K7 in 2009. She provided vocals on the tracks "Same Sun", "Heavy On Me" and "Messenger".
In the 2011 UK Asian Music Awards she was nominated for Best Alternative Act and Best Newcomer and ended up winning Best Alternative Act.

1 comment:

  1. A beautiful voice! I can dig this for sure.

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