Rising UK R&B star Jamelia played her debut full-length LONDON gig last night, to a rapturous response from fans and invited media alike, at the capital’s swish HANOVER GRAND.
Playing with a totally live band – plus three backing singers – Jamelia ran through highlights of her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Drama’, released on the back of successful singles ‘Money’ (the collaboration with Beenie Man) and ‘Call Me’.
A surprise came midway through the set when Jamelia launched into a funked-up version of the Bee Gees-penned ‘Guilty’, originally performed by Barbra Streisand. Jamelia was joined for the song by singer Daniel Debourg, whose shirt mysteriously fell open towards the end.
No further live dates are planned, though a single – ‘Boy Next Door’ – is due to be released from her debut album ‘Drama’ in October by her record label Parlophone. Jamelia is also currently writing further material, with one new track due to turn up on the soundtrack of forthcoming Brit flick ‘SW9’.
The title gives away the film’s location – Brixton – and Jamelia is playing a gospel singer in what has already been described as a South London-based take on last year’s ‘Human Traffic’. The two films share producers.
DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold is also scheduled to appear in the movie, which is already shooting on location in and around Brixton.