Having performed backing vocals for music industry heavyweights such as Patti Labelle, Michael Bolton, Diana Ross and Queen, independent singer and songwriter Bashiyra brings a wealth of captivating artistry to the industry.
In 1993 Bashiyra enjoyed Top 10 success with her release ‘I Will Always Love You’, a Reggae single on the Jet Star Reggae Distribution Chart which led to several personal appearances in the UK, including London’s Apollo Theatre and major music venues in Philadelphia, USA. Whilst experiencing this solo success, Bashiyra was approached and engaged as a songwriter by the production and songwriting team ‘Gamble and Huff’, the US based producers for the likes of Stephanie Mills.
1996 saw the release of the ‘Walk Spirit Talk Spirit’ Jump Cut album by The Red Raw Collective, on which Bashiyra featured as guest vocalist and composed the vocal melody structure on the jazz endorsed song ‘Mistified’. That same year Bashiyra released
‘Give Me A Little More Time’ on the Japanese DEN album for LIFE records, as well as ‘Got To Get Your Love’ on the album ‘A Sprinkle Of Confetti’ for Confetti Records, which was recorded live at London’s Jazz Café.
Three years later in 1999, Bashiyra wrote and released the single ‘This Will Be My Night’ which resulted in positive chart success in Belgium, numerous personal appearances and radio and magazine interviews. The song is currently available on European compilation CD’s and to download via the internet.
In 2001, Bashiyra was interviewed and featured in ‘The Pulse’ section of the South London Press newspaper for her achievement in Singing, Music and Songwriting. Bashiyra also works as a vocal coach and facilitates songwriting and composition workshops in schools, for private clients and organisations such as The Rock School, The Midi Music Company and The Albany Theatre in London, England. Her involvement with the Westminster Education Action Zone projects in 2003 generated successful and positive outcomes. In this project Bashiyra worked with young people aged 8-18 and delivered programmes to children with special needs.
Later on in 2003 Bashiyra co-founded the creative arts organisation ‘ITA’, which was set up to encourage people of different cultures to learn about each other through music and spoken word. That same year saw another release and chart success in Europe with the single ‘Island In The Rain’, followed by the release of ‘U Know I Love It’, on the album ‘Wowie Zowie’ by SuperChumbo aka KISS FM DJ Tom Stephan in 2005. Later that year came recognition for her substantial contribution to music at ‘The Festival of Black Female Voices’, Hackney Empire, where she won the award for ‘Aspiring Black Female Singer. Two years later ‘The Game’, was released and charted at No#1 in The Mix Bags Review and Charts which was co-written by Bashiyra on The Jalapeno label produced by one of Belgium’s hottest DJ’s ’Kid Crème’.
This brings us to the recent and unexpected death, of musical genius Michael Jackson. In the weeks that followed his death, Bashiyra was approached to headline in the very first tribute concert to celebrate the life and works of the ‘King of Pop’ at The o2 Arena, Greenwich.
The recently released debut album shows Bashiyra’s natural and gifted ability to adapt to a change of style with effortless poise and diction.
Soul Food singles:
Don’t Get In My Face – 01/11/2010
Her catalogue & work ethic is recognised one year later by Herb Middleton whose discography production includes Teddy Pendergrass, Biggie Smalls, Faith Evans, NAS, Phyllis Hyman, Usher and Mary J Blige, to name a few.
Bashiyra is the recipient of ‘The Aspiring Black Female Singer Award 2005′, The Nina Simone Award 2011′, in acknowledgement of her contribution to jazz music, as well as being awarded ‘The Soul Baby Live Award 2011′ in April 2012 in recognition of her soul music repertoire.
Her appointment as a live performer for The London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony in August 2012 and a subsequent personal thank you letter from UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is further evidence of the authentic creative credence this talented woman conveys. Along with the recent inventiveness of her visionary solo entity ‘Empirical Arts’ which specialises in the utilisation of music and song as a vehicle to positively impact the numeracy and literacy levels of children, young people and adults.
A sought after vocal coach, Bashiyra is also co-founder to the creative establishments ‘ITA’ and ‘B-Cos Productions’ and has facilitated singing, song-writing and composition workshops across schools in the boroughs of Westminster, Lewisham and Hackney, as well as engagements for private clients and organizations such as The Rock School, The Midi Music Company and The Albany Theatre in London, England.
The current self-released debut album ‘Thought You Knew’ is an eclectic blend fusion of neo-soul, jazz and a twist of dance and will show Bashiyra’s natural ability to adapt to a change of style with effortless poise and diction.
Listen out for Bashiyra’s forthcoming sophomore album entitled ‘INDEPENDENT’ with production credits to Herb Middleton (USA), Peter Moore (USA – LA Reid) and talented newcomer Amar Naik (UK) where Bashiyra will also write with Richard Rudolph the husband of Minnie Ripperton as well as Crystal Johnson songwriter for the likes of Mariah Carey and Jennifer Hudson.
NEW 2014: Bashiyra unrealeased HOW LONG (Confetti Records)
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