Soul Singer Kaye-Ree

Soul singer and songwriter Kaye-Ree has made her break into the music industry and is an emerging artist in Europe with soothing vocals, in a new form of Neo-Soul .

Kaye-Ree, who has Persian and Germany nationality, won several talent shows back in 2003 and was featured on Planet Radio. Since then, Kaye has traveled the world, collaborating with artists from Zimbabwe to the US. She was an opening act for Busta Rhymes during his Big Bang album tour. Her collaboration with guitarist Felix Justen, who has graced the stage of Carnegie hall created a new blend of tunes for her debut Album Endless Melody released last year. She is now working on new songs that will come out later in 2010.

Interview with Kaye-Ree

Iain: When did you discover singing?

Kaye-Ree: I used to be a dancer (ballet, jazz, Hip Hop) for a long time and used to express myself this way. I did not really think of singing until I discovered it for myself as a new tool of expression by the age of 19. I simply wrote all my experiences and concerns down in poems and sang it out.

Kaye-Ree Music Video

Iain: What are your songs about?

Kaye-Ree: My songs are about life. I am trying to motivate people to help each other. It’s an attempt to wake people up, push them to reflect our system; it is about politics, about love life, and different mentalities. I wish to encourage people to use their power of choice and remind them to the elements of life. My songs are about life in general and not just about my life in particular. To me it is my way to relieve my soul and my contribution to make this world a better place and fill people s lives with joy.

Iain: What particularly attracted you to soul music?

Kaye-Ree: The warmth in a soul artist s voice and their lyrics, like Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, Jill Scott, Sade, Raphael Saadiq, Musiq Soulchild, Michael Jackson, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Marvin Gaye, BoyzIIMen, Al Greene, Maxwell and many more. Those artists’ lyrics I could relate to as a young kid, and made me grow up with beautiful music, which inspired my life and is still today food to my soul.

Iain: Can you tell us a bit about the music scene in Germany?

Kaye-Ree: The music market has surely changed all over the world and so it has here. The subcultures still offer various forms of music and the scene got intimate, compared to what I have heard and witnessed before. I do not see any particular scene worthy to be mentioned; I only see seeds to be planted. It is time for a revolution, I would say, and we all should let old structures go, work more as one, instead of in a competitive manner and focus on quality music. Music has got the power to inspire and re-unite and change things.

Iain: Who would you most like to collaborate with in the future?

Kaye-Ree: I would definitely like to work with a lot of those great Soul Artists I mentioned earlier. One of my biggest dream-partners died last year: Michael Jackson. Artists I like to collaborate with are Musiq Soulchild, Common, Raphael Saadiq, Pharrell Williams, Sade, Maxwell, and Jazz artists like Herbie Hancock, Lonnie Liston Smith and Roy Ayers as well as house music artists like Joe Claussell and King Britt. There are so many true talented new independent artists, so many beautiful creative people and music forms from Soul, Funk, R nB, Hip Hop, Jazz, House Music to World music. It would take me days to complete the list but no matter who you are and where you come from, famous or not, the chemistry must be right, and that’s the most important.

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