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Estelle announces two special UK shows (2008)


Story by Jack Foley

MULTI award-winning singer/songwriter/producer/rapper Estelle has announced that she will be returning to the UK to play two very special shows in London and Manchester in November.

The London-born, New York based singer will play Manchester’s Academy 2 on Friday, November 28 and London’s Indigo2 on Saturday, November 29, 2008.

2008 has been an absolute whirlwind for Estelle. Since moving to NYC from London in May 2007, she spent the earlier part of 2008 gearing up for her re-entry into the musical landscape with Shine, her Mercury Award Shortlisted second album, from which she released the huge No. 1 hit single American Boy.

She was the first artist to release under John Legend’s new Homeschool label, in partnership with Atlantic Records. It’s her debut on a major label, and an American one at that, but with Homeschool’s philosophy of artist control and good soul music, her affiliation with the label is at the essence of what she’s all about.

Whereas her 2004 debut album, The 18th Day from V2 Records, was totally self-created, Shine marks the first time Estelle has brought other producers and artists into the creative process with her. Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Wyclef Jean,, Mark Ronson and Cee-lo & Jack Splash all lend talents to the album, executive produced by John Legend.

“Her sound is a unique blend of hip hop, pop, reggae and soul,” explains Legend. “She has a special voice, unlike any other voice out there in mainstream music, and she can really write.”

He continues: “I’m excited and honored to have Estelle as the first artist on my label, Homeschool Records.”

Estelle herself commented: “My songs are 100% my life. My influences? Ella Fitzgerald – she’s my be all and end all. Mary J. Blige, because she’s a person I love to sing to.

“Recently, Dinah Washington. She’s so cheeky in performances. I like the emotion in a lot of classic rock, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses. Freddie Mercury – Bohemian Rhapsody is still classic. Put it on today and it’s still an original mix of sounds.”

Tickets for the two new shows are priced at £17.50 for London and £14 for Manchester (subject to booking fee).