Ellis from Lime Jam PR Reviews and Interviews Paul Carrack

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It’s 1974 and as usual we have Radio 1 on in the morning.  I am seven years old but already a music fan.  Amongst all the Gary Glitter, Slade and Mud I hear a song with a simple but additive bassline, some subtle keys then come in and then in comes this voice that is so laid back but to me so perfect.  “How  Long” by Ace was all over the radio and I loved it.

Move on a few years to 1981 and I am 14 and into bands such as The Jam, The Specials, Madness and Squeeze.  How I loved Squeeze, that voice, Glenn Tilbrook’s voice was so distinctive you always knew when it was a Squeeze song.  Then I hear their new single, “Tempted”.  “That’s not Glenn singing the lead vocals” I thought to myself.  Indeed it wasn’t.  It was a guy called Paul Carrack, who used to sing with and play keyboards in Ace.  I found out either in Sounds, NME or Melody Maker that Paul Carrack had taken over keyboard duties from Jools Holland in Squeeze and was indeed singing the lead vocal on the new single.  Two of my favourite English voices on one song.  It became one of my favourite tracks of all time and still is to this day.

Move on to 2017 and I am off to see Paul Carrack live, incredibly for the first time.  I cannot believe it has taken 36 years to finally catch up with Paul.

Carrack is a Yorkshire boy (born and bred in Sheffield) and on Sunday he brought his latest tour to the Victoria Theatre in Halifax.  I had been lucky enough to be invited to have a chat with Paul after the show (more of that later).  Let’s see if he can still do justice to his amazing catalogue of songs running from Ace, Squeeze, Mike and The Mechanics and his impressive solo albums.  I shall start by saying that musically this is an amazing bunch of musicians and they all hail from Yorkshire.

The first half of the show focused mainly on the best of his solo albums and at times, during some amazing instrumental breaks, it felt like I could almost have been watching the classic STAX lineup.  The impressive bass playing of Jeremy Meek and the equally impressive guitar from Andy Staves was reminiscent of the legendary Donald “Duck” Dunn and Steve Cropper.  Some spine-tingly good, almost Junior Walker-esque sax breaks from Steve Beighton just added to the impression that this was a fine collection of musicians.  The two drummers Dean Duke and Jack Carrack (Paul’s talented son) was unexpected (how often do you see two drummers working in tandem these days?) and lifted the overall sound to even greater heights. And, of course, there was Carrack himself switching between guitar, piano and Hammond organ.  The soul influences he picked up as a kid in the 60’s just as important to his sound as ever.

However, through all the musical dexterity of the band, the most impressive and most memorable part of any Paul Carrack performance is of course that voice.  Pure soul, so true and beautiful that there were more than a few times when a tear tried to escape from my eyes particularly when Paul launched into the opening chords of “Tempted”.  That’s what it can do to you when it evokes memories of something that actually meant something to you.  A song, a voice, that’s all you need and if you have a soul it will stay with you forever.

The show finished with a massive version of “How Long” and followed by an encore of Mike and The Mechanic’s “Over My Shoulder”.  I got the feeling that Paul Carrack and his wonderful bunch of musicians genuinely love performing and indeed they confirmed as much when I met them back stage.

Q – Great show Paul, what’s it like to be back in Yorkshire and do you still feel connected to Yorkshire?
Paul – Of course I do yes, the band are all from Sheffield, I am a big Wednesday fan so I still go to games.  I am not getting any games in at the minute as I have got to save my voice, they don’t trust me cos I shout so yes, my family are all there.

Q – What was the first music you loved when you were a kid?
Paul – As a kid I loved The Shadows, all those kind of bands, I am talking about when I was a little kid, The Everly Brothers.  My brother who is four years older than me was into Ray Charles and all that but really I was listening at about 11 and 12 when The Beatles happened.  I used to play drums along to records, such as Gerry and the Pacemakers but then after that I became obsessed with soul music.  The normal suspects, mainstream soul.

Q – When did you first start singing?
Paul – I really didn’t sing until we formed a band called Ace, we all sang.  If you wrote the song you sang it.

Q – And is it true that you wrote “How Long” about your bass player who was secretly performing with other bands?
Paul – Yes it is, good research!

Q – Finally, can you tell me about “Tempted”?
Paul – They (Squeeze) had already recorded a different version but we started doing it in that style and it was Elvis Costello’s call for me to sing it (Costello was producing the track).  Since then, I have written some songs on most albums with Chris (Difford of Squeeze), one or two songs at least on every album.  Chris is great, Glenn is a bit harder to get to know.  He is ridiculously talented you know.  It took me ages to learn “Tempted”.  It’s a fantastic song, I can’t believe I got to sing it.

For more information on Paul, check out his website www.paulcarrack.net
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Philip Murray Warson’s Single Had It’s First National Radio Play on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

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The actor / folk musician Philip Murray Warson’s single “The Falling of the Leaves” had it’s first national radio play on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show presented by Mark Radclifffe (1st March 2017).  “Falling of the Leaves” is a poem by William Butler Yeats.

Take a listen HERE
(7mins)

For more information about Philip, check him out below.

Twitter – @philipmwarson
SoundCloud – https://soundcloud.com/philipmurraywarson
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/philipmurraywarson
Whispering Bob TV – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEq0I0SSFMU

 

 

 

Malaika’s New Single Gets It’s First National Radio Play

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Malaika was thrilled that BBC Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday, hosted by Jason Mohammad standing in for Clare Balding, played her new single “I Don’t Feel the Same” last Sunday, 26th February 2017.

Jason and his guest said of Malaika “I love Malaika Shaw’s voice.  I could listen to it all day”.

Take a listen HERE
(35 mins)

Watch the Video HERE

Here is some more information about Malaika ….

Malaika won her category of Best Blues/Jazz at the UMA’s in 2016.

The nomination keeps Malaika’s start in the ascendancy and is an impressive prequel to the release of new single “I Don’t Feel The Same”.  The single is a co-write between Malaika and uber hit-making production and writing team John Beck and Steve Chrisanthou (Corinne Bailey Rae amongst others). 

 Buy Here Amazon Music – https://www.amazon.co.uk/I-Dont-Feel-Same-Malaika/dp/B01N22CBAS

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/i-dont-feel-the-same-single/id1195129067

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/malaikamusicuk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/malaikamusicuk

Youtube: malaikamusicuk

 

Elles Bailey on the Gaby Roslin BBC Radio London Show

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The fabulous Elles Bailey was asked to be a guest on the Gaby Roslin BBC Radio London show on Sunday, 19th February.

Elles sang her songs “Wildfire” and “Time’s a Healer”.  Elles and Gaby talked about Elles’ forthcoming album and recording in Nashville.

Gaby was so blown away by Elles’ voice (“what an incredibly sexy voice you have”) that she invited Elles to play at the Roundhouse this Thursday, 23rd February at a big charity event.

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More Information for Elles Bailey

Website – www.ellesbailey.com
Twitter – @EllesBailey
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/ellesbailey

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The Aim were delighted to be asked onto the Gaby Roslin Show, BBC Radio London

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The Aim were asked for a well deserved musical slot on the Gaby Roslin, BBC Radio London show.  The boys played their tracks ‘Wasting Your Time’ and ‘What You See Is What You Get’ off their new album “Days Like These”.

They had a chat with Gaby about the Charity Food for All, Grant’s birthday (Happy Birthday for yesterday Grant!!) and the fact they used to be punks as Gaby said it was the first time anyone had ever pogo-ed (spelling???) in the studio.  Very entertaining..!

Listen HERE

(5mins and 1hr05mins)

And Watch them HERE

“If you don’t dance to this your feet am dead”

For more information about The Aim, here are some links for you, including link for the album.

Buy the Album – Days Like These

Website – http://the-aim.uk/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/theoriginaltheaim

Twitter – https://twitter.com/The_A1M

Food For All – http://foodforall.org.uk/

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For more information, mp3s or interview requests, please contact Ellis on 07813 984517 or ellis@limejampr.co.uk

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Jammerzine talks to The Aim

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Grant Judges from The Aim spoke to Jammerzine telling Jammerzine fans where they came from, their music influences and how they go to where they are today with their new album “Days Like These”.

Take a listen HERE

 

“Big big tune….superb souped up R&B” – Gary Crowley, BBC London

Website – http://the-aim.uk/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/theoriginaltheaim/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/The_A1M

YouTube –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMWNbvPpE7M

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Elles Bailey met Whispering Bob Harris

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Elles Bailey and her musicians, Joe and Zak, were honoured to be able to record the Whispering Bob TV “Under The Apple Tree” Session this week.

Lucky for Elles, Bob was there and thought she was fantastic.  So good that Bob and Miles from Whispering Bob TV put Elles’ track “The Girl That Owned The Blues” straight onto the radio podcast hot off the recording deck!

Listen Here -https://www.buzzsprout.com/66029/466177-under-the-apple-tree-radio-programme-8

(22mins)

For more information about Elles

Website – www.ellesbailey.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ellesbailey
Twitter – https://twitter.com/EllesBailey
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/ellesbailey

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For more information, contact Ellis on 07813 984517 or email ellis@limejampr.co.uk

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A Busy Week for Unsigned Music Award Winner Malaika

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Yes, Leeds based singer/songwriter Malaika Shaw is having a busy week this week.

Not only is she releasing her debut single “I Don’t Feel The Same” on FRIDAY (27th January), this track is getting it’s first national radio play on BBC Introducing Mark Forrest Show TONIGHT (25th January) after 9.30pm.

Malaika is on Mod Radio TOMORROW (26th January) from 4pm on their Drive Time Show talking about her music, inspirations and future plans.

Listen Here – http://www.modradio.co.uk/home.html

Also, you can find Malaika in the Yorkshire Evening Post talking about debut release.

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If this wasn’t busy enough for Malaika, you will find her on the Richard Stead Show, BBC Radio Leeds on MONDAY (30th January) from 11am.

Phew!  Have fun Malaika!!

For more information about Malaika, check out her social media:

Facebook: malmusiconline

Twitter: @malaika_music

Instagram: malaika_music

Youtube: malaikamusiconline

For more information, please contact ellis@limejampr.co.uk

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Calling All Artists – What Can We Do For You? – Update

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Update – April 2017

Well, we have done it again.  Our clients on National Radio.  Elles Bailey was on BBC Radio 2 Clare Balding “Good Morning Sunday” Show, Philip Murray Warson was on the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, Amanda St John on Whispering Bob TV “Under The Apple Tree Session” as was Elles Bailey and Ellie Jane was on BBC Three Counties as their “Record of the Week” and live performance.

More of our fabulous clients have been put forward for National Radio.

Elles Bailey on BBC Radio 2  http://limejampr.co.uk/news/

and

Philip Murray Warson on BBC Radio 2 Folk Show https://limejampr.wordpress.com/2017/03/02/philip-murray-warsons-single-had-its-first-national-radio-play-on-the-bbc-radio-2-folk-show/

and

Ellie Jane on BBC Three Counties  https://limejampr.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/ellie-jane-was-live-in-the-studio-at-bbc-three-counties-radio/

and

Elles Bailey on Whispering Bob TV “Under The Apple Tree Session” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4foyHl2M4tU&feature=youtu.be&a

Get in touch with us to see if we can help you…

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It has been an exciting start to 2017, with some great coverage for our clients. Our artist Luke Potter has been signed to a worldwide deal with Sony following his first national radio plays and some great reviews.

At Lime Jam PR, we aim to raise an artist’s profile by getting exposure through effective and efficient pitching of artists to our wide range of contacts at national and regional radio, national and regional TV and video channels online and print media.

If you would like us to put together a bespoke campaign for your release (single, video, EP, Album or tour), then please drop us a line with your requirements.

 

Call Ellis on 07813 984517
Fill out contact form on our website http://www.limejampr.co.uk

Email ellis@limejampr.co.uk

Here are just a few examples of recent coverage for our clients:

Luke Potter on Gaby Roslin Show, BBC Radio Londonhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04m7h04
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Luke Potter – Digital Tour Bus : Dream Tour Feature
https://digitaltourbus.com/features/luke-potter-dream-tour/

Magazine Gap – Jammerzine : Full Interview with the band featurehttps://jammerzine.com/jammerzine-exclusive-inside-the-mind-of-magazine-gap/

Ellie Jane – Exposed Vocals : Q&A

https://exposedvocals.com/features/ellie-jane-releases-clocks-ep-video-new-interview-exposed-vocals/

* Update – We have just got Ellie Jane on BBC Introducing Beds, Herts and Bucks, Malaika on BBC Radio Leeds and Elles Bailey on the Under the Apple Tree Session on Whispering Bob TV.

Luke Potter Plays First Live Track of 2017 on BBC Radio London Gaby Roslin Show

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Luke Potter was privileged to be the first artist of 2017 to play live on the Gaby Roslin Show on BBC Radio London.  Gaby was amazed at how everyone went “completely mad” about Luke going on the show and was impressed at his “massive following on Twitter”.  Well, we, at Lime Jam Towers, know that Luke deserves all the success he has had and will definitely have in the future.

Luke, James and Rob played his new songs “Living a Lie” and “Turn the Music Up Now”.

Listen to Luke on Gaby’s show here (7mins and 1hr4mins)

You can find Luke on the following social media platforms

Website – http://www.lukepottermusic.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lukepottermusic

Twitter –https://twitter.com/lukepottermusic

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/LukePotterMusic

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/luke-potter/id451260666