Alice Russell

Listening to English soul singer Alice Russell one might be forgiven for thinking she had her roots in gospel, but although she began singing in the church where her dad was organist. “Our singing was more of the traditional SATB [soprano, alto, tenor, bass] parts you hear in the great classical halls and cathedrals,” she says. It was in fact outside church she began listening to the gospel and soul that would shape her career in albums, like ‘My Favorite Letters’, which drew its inspiration from the legendary ‘Northern Soul’ nights of the ’60s and ’70s, and ‘Pot of Gold’ that revives the spirit of Chakha Khan and Patti La Belle, as well as the late great Amy Winehouse, with whom Alice once shared the bill. Whether performing alongside Roy Ayres, The Roots, Lonnie Liston Smith, De La Soul, or Quantic, the singer has used her voice to enrich the best urban contemporary music. ‘Look Around The Corner’, recorded with DJ Quantic, is her latest release.

Pierfrancesco Pacoda

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