REVIEW: MARY GATCHELL – ‘CAMINO REAL’ 37

A world class performer who has sung with the Rolling Stones as part of their 50th anniversary tour, and on Broadway as a member of the Smash: Bombshell the Musical, ensemble, Mary Gatchell is a talent whose gifts have captivated audiences and listeners for years.

Her new and 7th album, Camino Real, takes the listener on a journey, blending together an array of R&B, heart-breaking ballads and soul music in a way that this reviewer in particular hasn’t heard in a very long time – if ever.

Opening number “You’ve Been On My Mind” has a toe-tapping rhythm but with the instrumentation considerably stripped back, allows Gatchell’s smooth vocal to rightly take centre stage, and it stays there for pretty much the whole album.

“Let’s Stand On Eternity” is more emotive and the power with which Gatchell delivers every line provides evidence, were any needed, of how much she believes in her lyrics. Title track “Camino Real” ups the tempo once more, adding a bit of swing and sway to proceedings; it’s different, and at just over 6 minutes in length, a little long, but for the most part it works pretty well.

There’s also a Spanish/Latin flare to “Casualty Of You”, which is noticeable from the outset, but it’s Gatchell’s vocal delivery which once again makes the song one of many a listener should want to put on repeat, even though it’s a little slow and a tad sombre in places.

The introduction to “Time Goes So Slow”, which is a little long-winded runs the risk of causing some listeners to skip the track altogether, but if they stick with it, they’ll be rewarded with a soulful ballad which is a stand out feature on the album.

Sadly, the album closes with “Don’t Go”, one of the weaker, if not weakest, inclusions on the collection. Although it allows Gatchell to once again demonstrate the emotive side of herself and her music, it comes across as a sad and rather depressing farewell – to this recording at least. Given the many highs the album has showcased already, it’s a little disappointing to see Camino Real end on such a low note.

Header photo credit: Allie Burke.

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RAG N BONE MAN CONFIRMED FOR 2018 BRIT AWARDS 13

We are so pleased to announce the 2017 winner of the BRITs Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough awards Rag’n’Bone Man will be performing live at this year’s award ceremony on 21 February. He will join an already exceptional line-up which so far includes Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith and Stormzy.

In the last year, Rag’n’Bone Man has broken the record for fastest-selling UK male debut of the decade with his 3x Platinum No. 1 album  ‘Human’ which has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Rag’n’Bone Man said: “Jheez! 2017 has flown by super quick. Its pretty mental to think that I bagged two awards at The BRITs last year and now I’m heading back to perform. I’m looking forward to being a part of the celebration with everyone. It’s going to be a good one for sure!”

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Rory epitomises how dreams can come true. He has had the most amazing 12 months and I’m so delighted to see him back where it all started.”

The 38th BRIT Awards will be hosted by Jack Whitehall at The O2, London and broadcast live on ITV. We can’t wait for Rag’n’Bone Man to bring his talent to the stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and includes live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.

FOO FIGHTERS CONFIRMED FOR BRIT AWARDS 2018 24

We are so delighted to announce that four-time BRIT winners and one of the world’s most successful bands Foo Fighters will perform on The BRITs stage for the first time on 21 February.

The international superstars will deliver one of their legendary live performances alongside performances from Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stormzy and Dua Lipa.

Foo Fighters have sold more than 25 million records and sold out countless world tours. The band’s acclaimed ninth studio album ‘Concrete and Gold’ was their fourth to hit No.1 in the UK charts on release in September, topping the charts in more than a dozen countries.

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Anyone who was lucky enough to witness one of their shows on the recent sold out UK tour, or their set at Glastonbury – which was undoubtedly one of the best performances the festival has ever seen and a night that will be talked about forever – will know why Foo Fighters are the biggest and most exciting rock band in the world. Quite remarkably they have never performed at The BRITs, so I am over the moon to confirm a massive BRITs exclusive to have them grace our stage.”

With four BRIT Awards under their belt winning International Album in 2008 and International Group in 2008, 2012 and 2015 we can’t wait for Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee to bring the incredible Foo Fighters energy to The BRITs stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and include live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.