Jade Helliwell

We have a real treat today, meet 25-year-old Jade Helliwell, a very talented singer / songwriter from Batley, West Yorkshire in England.

I’ll let her tell a little about herself:
Growing up listening to many styles of music, Jade always seemed to gravitate back to country music. She explains, “Like any young person I loved the latest chart music and I’ve been infatuated by my fair share of boy bands and girl power, but it was always country music that drove me to sing at the top of voice into my hairbrush microphones. First the old country greats like Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton, then later artists such as Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum and, of course, Taylor Swift”. Jade takes all of these great artists as influence, and uses them to shape her own style. But where they had the vibrant, music immersed streets of Nashville as a backdrop, Jade has the small working class towns of Yorkshire as hers. This was the influence behind her first EP release in 2012, Urban Life, Country Heart.

I first became aware of Jade Helliwell when my cousin, thanks Ian, put up a video on his FB page of a young lady who was on a night out in Leeds and she came across a street busker and asked if she could sing with him. The result was amazing. Everybody and their uncle has sung Hallelujah, by Leonard Cohen, by now. But this was an eye-opening version, just look at the guy’s face, he was amazed. He has a good voice too, he is Dawid Osial, so maybe try to find some more of his music on YouTube. The whole thing has become something of a sensation, getting pieces in all the tabloids in the UK. Where they are saying people want them to go on Britain’s Got Talent, my one word of advice, Don’t. Meanwhile just kick back and enjoy the ride.
Hallelujah

Jade was on a night out in Leeds and she saw a busker, she goes over and asks if she can have a sing…

 

So let’s take a wander around the music catalog of Jade Helliwell, there’s some gems in here I can promise you.

Such a nice catch in her voice, this is Jade recording one of the songs from her most recent EP “Forget the night”. This is one young lady who could be going places. A really great song with an amazing singer.
Ask Me To Stay

Jade Helliwell has teamed up with producer Justin Johnson (Jroom3.co.uk) to deliver her new song ‘Ask Me To Stay’ taken from her new EP ‘Forget The Night’.
Recorded at 80 Hertz studio in Manchester and Parr Street Studios in Liverpool.
Recorded with some incredibly talented musicians from across the UK this is a studio video, giving an insight into the creation of the EP.

 

Here’s a truly poignant little song wherein Jade makes you feel every part of her broken heart. Truly beautiful and heartfelt.
For Someone Else

This is a music video shot by film maker Danny Lacey for Jade’s song ‘For someone else’ from her EP ‘Urban life, Country heart’

 

For something completely different here is Jade covering “I wish I was a punkrocker” by Sandi Thom live at Abbey Road. Just Jade and her guitar, such a spirited performance. This is from a few years back, but still the talent shines through.
I wish I was a punkrocker

Don’t worry Jade, you’re so much better than a punk rocker.

 

Gonna close with another original song, this is a Fiasco Presents production. Jade was @ Loom Studios, Leeds for this powerful performance. Some singer, some song, wow.
I Don’t Wanna Lose You

Audio – Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Adam Fiasco
Video – Filmed & Edited by Tim Fiasco
Voice Over by Guy Harris

 

OK, so I lied, again. Here’s one more from the Fiasco Presents session. This one’s a cover of a Sam Smith song, and I have to be honest I had my doubts on viewing this since I’m not a Sam Smith fan. But this is a great song and I think Jade does a better version of it. Her vibrato and the crack in her voice make this something else. Altogether totally worth the listen. I’m lovin’ her voice.
Stay With Me

Audio – Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Adam Fiasco
Video – Filmed & Edited by Tim Fiasco
Voice Over by Guy Harris

 

Joanne Shaw Taylor

Time for some blues with a very talented singer/songwriter and awesome blues guitar player, Ms Joanne Shaw Taylor.
Joanne is from Wednesbury in the Black Country, England, and was inspired in her early teens to play the blues after hearing Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix.
And man does she play the blues.

Joanne Shaw Taylor is one of these rare musicians. Her soulful voice embodies the blues narrative. The way she bleeds emotions through her guitar strings is masterful. Add her knack for engaging, heartfelt songwriting, and you have a musical force demanding – and deserving – attention.
Excellent smokey voice and in my opinion one of the best guitarist to come out of Great Britain, in fact she is world-class.
I don’t know who to ascribe these comments too, but I concur with his sentiments.

Let’s take a little wander through her recent catalog.

First up this gem.
Wow! This track has totally blown me away, such a beautiful, soulful, sexy vocal by Ms Joanne, I’m in love (musically) with her amazing talent. This rendition of a song that David Bowie turned into a classic is unbeatable. And the video clip is something else, courtesy Olja. This is a track from Joanne’s latest album, Wild, make sure you get a copy.

Wild is the Wind

“Wild Is the Wind” is a song written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington. The track was originally recorded by Johnny Mathis for the 1957 film Wild Is the Wind.

Another great track from the new album. The blues is strong tonight, you can tell from this track and the title track that this is going to be an awesome album.
No Reason To Stay

“A Dazzling Talent” – Jools Holland
“A superstar in the making” – The Express
“Killer licks and soaring solos” – Sunday Times
“Making blues rock cool again” – Sunday Mirror

📷 Stephen Fourie

This is in a Henry Westons Sessions exclusive – backstage at the 2016 Cheltenham Jazz Festival where Joanne performs wonders with this Prince classic. I loved the Sinéad O’Connor version, but this is way different and I love love this version. Just Joanne Shaw Taylor and a guitar, brilliant.
Nothing Compares 2 U

@cheltfestivals
#cheltjazzfest

File under your “did you know” folder, there are over 25,000 recordings of “Summertime”.
Yes, that many and yet there are a couple that stand out, Janis Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Billie Holiday. Well move over, there’s a new girl in town. Add this beautiful soulful version to the stand outs. Simply awesome.

Summertime

“Summertime” is an aria composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward, the author of the novel Porgy on which the opera was based, although the song is also co-credited to Ira Gershwin by ASCAP.

An appearance on Later… with Jools Holland – BBC Two produces a dark driving blues performance. No matter the place and time Joanne Shaw Taylor will always be there and produce.
An amazing beautiful talent. Man this rocks.
Dyin’ To Know

Later… with Jools Holland

📷 Jon Wood Photography

As I frequently do, here’s a live version of the song we started with. This is a previously unseen performance from her Planet Rock live session last year. Just as awesome as the album version. This young ladies talent is amazing. Still in love with her. Her guitar playing on this is just superb.
Wild is the wind

Add this to the list of classic versions of this song.

I first featured Joanne Shaw Taylor back in 2010 on the old blog, ignore the warnings and go check her out here for some more background, and some tunes.

Kerrie Sweeney

Some great sounds from down under. Should I say some great blues sounds. If you’ve been here before you know I am very partial to female blues singers, and this young lady can surely sing the blues.

Kerrie Sweeney hails from Wollongong, a place that ranks second to my favorite Australian place-name, Wangaratta. They both roll of the tongue so beautifully.

Kerrie Sweeney has recently returned to the music scene after a long absence. Kerrie has won a swag of awards during her musical career as a blues and soul singer /songwriter /entertainer including her first award Best New Female Artist at the Australian Blues Music Awards in 1998.

Kerrie is currently working with members of the fabulous ‘FINN Band’ a well-respected group of musicians that have been working in and around Sydney for over 20 years. And is currently recording her next CD with the guys due for release in September 2017.

While we are waiting for that CD let’s take a stroll through her catalog of awesome live blues.

This is a hot of the presses video, just dropped on YouTube.
Here’s Kerrie in fine voice as part of the Women of Blues and Soul Showcase @ Corrimal RSL.
And boy does Kerrie have blues and soul sewed up.
Sooner or Later

Supporting Women in Blues – NSW

 

Kerrie and the WBC House Band giving a fine rendition of the Stevie Ray classic. Jason providing sterling lead guitar and Kerrie gives us the voice.
The Sky Is Cryin’

Kerrie Sweeney & The WBC House Band
Kerrie Sweeney ~ vocals, Jason Brett ~ guitar, Marty ‘Squid Eye’ Maloney ~ drums
Ron Ind ~ harmonica, Lawrence Davis ~ bass, Guy Munro ~ Guitar

 

Keep the blues live, yeah man it’s the only way.
Here’s Kerrie, but this time with the Old Mate Blues Band, still at the Wollongong Blues Club, still down under. Sharing the vocals with Toni Cini. Sounds like a good night was had by all.
Rock Me Baby

Guy Munro (guitar); Nathan Freeman (bass); Pete Burns (drums);Dave “Spotty” Schmidt (harp/vocals/guitar);Jason Brett (guitar);Kerrie Sweeney (vocals);Ron Ind (harp);Toni Cini (vocals);Mark Brett (guitar)

 

Finally today, as we already know, this young lady sure can sing the blues. Here she is again still @ the Wollongong Blues Club. Back again in fine voice with the WBC House Band.
Same Old Baby

Kerrie Sweeney & The WBC House Band
Kerrie Sweeney ~ vocals, Jason Brett ~ guitar, Marty ‘Squid Eye’ Maloney ~ drums
Ron Ind ~ harmonica, Lawrence Davis ~ bass, Guy Munro ~ guitar