Lily Allen: It’s not me, it’s you

Lily Allen

Cheeky and outspoken London singer-songwriter Lily Allen looks the part of a carefree party girl ready for a night out on the town so it is hard to imagine her, even a little, as the forlorn mum she feels like. Sometimes the plain speaking is disconcerting for the politically-correct-verging-on-hypocritically-intolerant listener but the no-nonsense audience will filter through the not-always-comfortable form. Lily says it as she feels it and means it, and so she writes and sings it. So what sometimes … Read on…

Herbert Grönemeyer

Herbert Gröenemeyer

Outside of German-speaking countries, Herbert Grönemeyer is most likely discovered in schools during a language lesson where the German teacher, weary of imparting the quite foreign vocabulary and definitely difficult grammar of her adopted tongue, would most gratefully play the pop singer-songwriter’s songs. They have depth and speak with feisty lyricism of social and human issues that transcend its original country’s borders (Marie, Sie magt Muzik nur wenn sie laut ist) and with warmth and serenity … Read on…

WSS Playlist – Best of 2015

2015 has beauty written all over it, thanks to many artists’ music including Jo Bywater, Riches to Rags Our coup de coeur of the year and apparently that of the Liverpool songwriting Contest Judges. Impeccable guitar and vocals to beautifully sing you the story of a journey from riches to rags Steve Pledger, Matches in the wind The album is a must, this song is its crown. Read more in this review. Coco Mbassi, Joa http://www.cocombassi.co.uk/ Wily Bo &  Karena … Read on…

Achinoam Nini aka Noa, the wild flower

Achinoam Nini aka Noa in Maremma, Italy - Photo by Michela Nunes

Achinoam Nini aka Noa It would be a crime to box up Achinoam Nini aka Noa as a world artist whatever that means. There is seldom a musician with more variety in their music, calling her roots at times, or just having a hint of them in the back of a song, but always first singing a song not a genre. She sings fluently in English, Italian, French and Hebrew, goes from Folk to Pop … Read on…

Little Sparrow – Katie Ware is Sending the message

Katie Ware takes you with the lovely film of her voice, the gentle strum of her guitar and accompanying bowed strings to a magical world where you tumble gently down the music hole. The Flame feels like the most exquisite burn and the message she is sending comes out like a spell. Her enchantment is such that the recordings match the live performances, each perfectly testifying of her stage name “Little Sparrow”. Her music has … Read on…

Doug Seegers: Going Down The River

Doug Seegers

Not many know better what it is to be a struggling musician like Doug Seegers does, who lived homeless in the USA until he was discovered by Swedish country singer and TV personality Jill Johnson. From singing on the streets to being nominated for a Grammis Award for Folk/Singer-songwriter of the Year, we can only expect more from this craftsman who pours it all through country music, his guitar and a voice that carries as … Read on…

Coucou, here is Charlotte Dipanda

Already a familiar voice in the music scene, Charlotte Dipanda has accompanied the greatest musicians live and in studio including international legend Manu Dibango, Malian griotte Rokia Traore, Congolese star Papa Wemba and French star Axelle Red. She takes her vocals to the next step when she goes solo in 2008 with her debut album Mispa followed 2 years later by a sophomore album “Dube l’am” which shows the Cameroonian singer speaking as per the album title of what she … Read on…

I Write The Songs #70 featuring Enya

Songwriter of the week:  Enya part 1 Enya, Orinocco Flow, Ireland Pink Floyd, Hey You (Roger Waters) Noa, Mishaela, 3.09, Israel Damon Albarn, Everyday robots, 2014 Suzanne Vega, Luka Cat Stevens, Moonshadow part 2 Enya, Watermark Lo-fang, You’re the one that I want (John Farrar) Daria Kulesh, Right here Ultravox, Contact, 2012 Karine Polwart, Follow the heron, Scotland John Denver, Take me home country roads part 3. Enya, Only time, 2000 All Saints, Pure shores, … Read on…

I Write The Songs #69 featuring Cole Porter

Songwriter of the week: Cole Porter Many classics on this show to complement the classic music of our songwriter of the week, Cole Porter. part 1 Joss Stone, L.O.V.E. (Bert Kaempfert and Milt Gabler) Rebecca Ferguson & John Legend, Bridges (John Legend J Loos Steve Robson) Alanis Morrissette, Let’s do it (Let’s Fall in love) 2005, Canada/US, 3.22 (Cole Porter, 1928) first introduced in Porter’s first Broadway success, the musical Paris (1928) by French chanteuse Irène Bordoni … Read on…

Siedah Garett, the woman behind the man in the mirror

Siedah Garett, the woman behind the man in the mirror Few artists can boast the collaborations that Siedah Garett does. Just the mention of her name reminds us of Michael Jackson for whom she did not just perform backing vocals on his Bad songs or sang duets with him (I just can’t stop loving you), she co-wrote songs, in particular the acclaimed number 1 Man in the mirror and Keep the faith. It is no surprise … Read on…