Socially conscious Perth soul songstress, Shameem has announced the release of her new single, Under One Sun (out Friday 12 December) and new album, The Second City set for release on January 16.
Shameem will be celebrating the releases with a national tour kick starting in Perth at Subiaco Arts Centre on January 17, moving through to Melbourne on February 19, Canberra February 20, Sydney February 21, Newcastle February 22 & 23, Brisbane February 27, Byron Bay February 28 and finishing up in Adelaide on March 1.
With a strong soul influence and a unique jazz sensibility, the follow up to acclaimed first single, Beautiful Soul, Shameem's latest offering, Under One Sun was co-written with Grammy-winning UK-based producer, James Bryan (Nelly Furtardo, Olly Murs, James Morrison). Peddling an important message, Under One Sun is a catchy soul pop number that will leave you singing the heartfelt lyrics long after song's end.
Touching on how humanity has a common root, the chorus sees Shameem sing, 'everyone's dreaming under one sun'. "We are all members of one human race, we all live on the same planet and receive life from the same sun in the sky," explains Shameem. "I want people to think about why it is that we treat some people differently to others, when they are all equally our human brothers and sisters, no matter where they come from, what colour they are or what they believe."
After discovering the work of Western Australian artist, Renee Farrant, who makes paper cut art using plain white paper, Shameem says, "I thought how cool would it would be to make a video where everything is made of paper?" So she floated the idea with director/ producer Jason Eshraghian (Passenger, Northlane), and he came up with the story of an artist who lives in a paper world, and this became the song's inimitable and clever film clip.
The Second City LP was co-produced with Rob Agostini (Rai Thistlethwaite, Tim & Jean) at Soundbaker Studios in Perth. Rich with soulful vocals and keys-driven works of art, the record offers insight in to Shameem's inspiring passion for life, positivity, spirituality and general desire to assist in the betterment of the world via song and goodwill, not dissimilar in sentiment and talent to global superstar, Alicia Keys. It touches on a number of thought-provoking themes over the generously loaded 15-tracks; the overcoming of prejudice, broken trust and forgiveness, thankfulness, and gratitude in the face of difficulties.
Excited about releasing her sophomore record, she jokes, "I'm also feeling a mix of anticipation and impatience. I'm guessing that this is how a pregnant woman feels; I've been cooking this album up for so long and I just want to give birth to it already!"
Keen to hit the road to bring a new life and energy to her songs on stages around the country, Shameem beams, "we stretch out the song arrangements and I like to let my band members improvise and re-interpret the songs. I love chatting to the audience, so I tell all the stories about what inspired me to write the songs and the meaning behind the lyrics."
View the clip for Under One Sun:
SHAMEEM NATIONAL TOUR DATES
SAT 17 JAN | SUBIACO ARTS CENTRE SUBIACO WA | ALL AGES | 7:15PM DOORS Tickets available from www.shameemmusic.com
THUR 19 FEB | PARIS CAT MELBOURNE VIC | 18 | 8PM DOORS 9PM START
Tickets available from www.pariscat.com.au