Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

SHE’S sup­ported mu­sic stars such as Michael Bolton and An­thony Cal­lea, per­formed for crowds in­ter­na­tion­ally and fronted a five piece band.

Now af­ter the suc­cess of a busy year tour­ing, neo-soul songstress Shameem Ta­heri-Lee is re­turn­ing to Perth this month to bring the sounds of her latest al­bum to the Elling­ton Jazz Club.

The Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent’s sopho­more al­bum The Sec­ond City boasts 15 tracks with lyrics touch­ing on thought-pro­vok­ing themes, in­clud­ing prej­u­dice, bro­ken trust and grat­i­tude in the face of dif­fi­cul­ties.

“Mu­sic is a very pow­er­ful medium which can be used to com­mu­ni­cate pos­i­tive ideas and mes­sages,” Ta­heri-Lee said.

“I see my pur­pose as an artist be­ing to up­lift peo­ple, in­spire them to take ac­tion and make the world a bet­ter place.”

Draw­ing on her nat­u­ral abil­ity in her di­verse genre com­bina- tion of soul, R&B and jazz mu­sic, The Sec­ond City marks her first al­bum re­lease in four years.

“This al­bum was a while in the mak­ing, I haven’t re­leased any­thing since 2011,” Ta­heri-Lee said.

“I used crowd­fund­ing to get it all go­ing and the sup­port was amaz­ing, I’m ab­so­lutely stoked with the pos­i­tive re­sponse to the al­bum.”

And while the tal­ented mu­si­cian is no stranger to big au­di­ences, hav­ing sold out her last per­for­mance at the Perth In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val, she said she was look­ing for­ward to shar­ing her new al­bum’s emo­tion in a more in­ti­mate fash­ion.

“I’ll be play­ing my new al­bum, a cou­ple songs from my older al­bum and ev­ery now and then I like to throw in a cheeky cover with my own spin.”

Shameem Ta­heri-Lee per­forms at The Elling­ton Jazz Club on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 18 with doors open at 6pm.

Perth songstress Shameem Ta­heri-Lee has re­leased her sec­ond al­bum and per­forms at Elling­ton Jazz Club this month.

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