Thursday, September 4, 2014

Shaun Escoffery - In The Red Room (2014)


UK vocalist Shaun Escoffery, whose classic hits “Space Rider” and “Days Like This” are enjoyed by club goers worldwide, is back with a stunning new album “In The Red Room” which combines sheer gospel-tinged power – as on the single “Nature’s Call” – with soulful subtlety on ballads such as “Nobody Knows” and “Do U Remember”.
From his first recording with D-Influence at the tender age of 17, Shaun Escoffery has been one of the UK’s finest vocal talents – a singer with a glorious Isleys/Curtis Mayfield falsetto.  Along the way he has enjoyed support from Elton John – who has hailed Shaun as one of his favourite new artists – and actor Idris Elba, one of his oldest friends, who has contributed a remix of lead single “Nature’s Call”.

With an impressive career in musical theatre – from The Lion King to Tommy and Les Miserables – Shaun has won many critical accolades, including an Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 2002 he was asked by boxer Lennox Lewis to sing the National Anthem at his title bout with Mike Tyson in Memphis – the star-studded crowd included Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Clint Eastwood and Halle Berry.
But he now returns to his own solo recording career with what many critics consider to be his finest album, recorded “In The Red Room” with producer Gil Cang, whose past credits include writing “Whatever Happens”, recorded by Michael Jackson on his “Invincible” album.
Among the stand-out tracks picking up airplay are “Perfect LoveAffair” – so evocative of Seventies Marvin Gaye -  the hooky “People” and beautiful ballad “Do U Remember”.
Shaun plays his first live date in several years at London’s Under The Bridge on November 20, together with Avery*Sunshine.
 




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