Singers Inc. Vol. 2 Reviews

By Zoe Tyler

Firstly, I really like the fact that all the songs have a completely different feel taking you to a different place on each one.

Track 1 from Steve Balsamo (Calling You) is very haunting which led me to wonder if all the songs on the album were going to be in the same ghostly, laid back vein. However it soon becomes apparent listening to the tracks that follow that wasn’t the case. I was thrown into a bevy of wonderful, soulful, sexy vocals.

Charlotte Riby (Show me Love), Portia (Sign Your Name) and Krysten’s (West End Girls) naturally sexy, soulful voices were a joy to hear.

Then we have the huge vocals of Kele Le Roc (I wanna be UR Lover) and Zoe Birketts (At Last).

A special mention though to Amy Diamond (This Woman’s Work) who I had never heard before. Vocally incredible, silky and stunning tone and a joy to listen to.

I also was surprised to see ‘Rocket Man’ (Chris Manoe) on here as i didn’t know if it would fit in with the genre of modern twists on this album. I was thrilled to hear it did and I loved the open tone of this vocal.

I also was pleased to see a duet on the album from Ben Richards and Kele Le Roc and was doubly pleased that their version of ‘Remember Me’ was far away from the original.

What this album shows is a host of incredible talented male and female vocalists that can really SING!

I think you would be far pushed to find so many talented singers on one album. Great listening

I think you would be far pushed to find so many talented singers on one album. Great listening

By Barb Jungr

Singers Inc’s second CD celebrates the art of true singing. By which I mean, true voices, with their timbres and unique qualities. This in almost direct opposition to the Saturday night plethora of supposedly singing shows where what is apparently celebrated is the monotony of same-ness – where all vocalising is reduced to elaborate extemporising cloning existing artist’s styles. So I listened with some excitement to see what this collection would offer…and it is refreshing.

Steve Balsamo’s vision of ‘Calling You’, a song I know well as I used to hear Christine Collister and Ian Shaw sing it many times, gave me an ethereal window into the song. Instead of the desert, we are in a lush landscape of reverb and angelic choral sounds. Steve’s gently-edged voice brought an earth into the airy heavens cape. I liked it a lot. Its a strong opener and leads you into a very lovely collection by this variety of singers.

Portia Emare’s ‘Sign Your Name’ is subtly sexy. Never letting rip, she eases over the lyric and rhythm, a lovely version of the song.

‘West End Girls’ By Krysten Cummings, is one of my favourite tracks on the album. With its urban decay underlay, Krysten trails through the underbelly like Katniss in The Hunger Games.

Some Velvet Morning’s version of ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me’ is a very sensitive reading of Boy George’s classic, given an almost Beatles-like spin on the backing vocals.

Kele Le Roc and Ben Richards pound the dance floor with ‘Remember Me’. Kele is such a brilliant singer, with such a fiery attack, teamed with Ben Richards, she’s on fire. On ‘ I Wanna Be Ur Lover’, Kele proves again that she’s one of Britain’s top soul voices. There’s a flavour of Chaka, together with those great seventies disco queens, all rolled into one. I’m a huge Kele fan, and the two tracks on this collection really show what a terrific vocal talent she is.

Chris Manoe is a friend who’s work I have known for many years. He brings emotion and a sweetness of tone to a rock based yet airy arrangement of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s great song.

Charlotte Riby has a lovely quality, with an edge of Minnie Ripperton. ‘Show Me Love’ is beautiful.

‘This Woman’s Work’ by Amy Diamond is another lovely performance, produced with gentle sensitivity.

Helen York is a tremendous singer. A pop voice in the old style and tradition. Helen knows what she’s doing, its that simple. In contrast Zoe Rainey’s husky quiet assurance rides the arrangement of ‘Love is the Way’. Austin Drage swings out of ‘I’m Gonna Find Another You.’

The variety of singers presented with this strong house sound, tailored arrangements and production is a lovely testament to Singers Inc.

The variety of singers presented with this strong house sound, tailored arrangements and production is a lovely testament to Singers Inc.”

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