Imaani ‘Eclectic Acoustic Soul’

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Last Show: Saturday 29 th April 2017

PizzaExpress Live (Birmingham)

Imaani presents an exclusive stripped back show for the PizzaExpress. A selection of original songs that showcase the raw, soulful emotions that life can bring sprinkled with a few classic covers. It promises soulful melodies, and a distinctly British sound. Joining her are some of the industry’s most illustrious players Lex Cameron and Emlyn Francis who between them have played with an impressive array of artists ranging from Blur, Joss Stone, Omar and Terry Callier to Sade, Simply Red, Chaka Khan, Incognito and Steve Winwood. Imaani’s trademark emotive lead vocal has become synonymous with the live soul music scene both in the UK and worldwide. Performing with her band, this singer-songwriter treats the audience to a vocal delivery described by many as 'effortless'.

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“One of the most wonderful and memorable voices...”

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Gracing stages across the world, Imaani’s live career is impressive. She has performed in numerous prestigious venues such as Tokyo’s famous Blue Note club, Switzerland’s Montreaux Jazz Festival and New York’s The Filmore, and featured in some highly respected bands such as Reel People, Urban Species and the celebrated Jazz funk band Incognito with whom she has toured prolifically for many years.

As a recording artist, Imaani’s success spans across genre’s. Her debut solo album 'Standing Tall' has been met with critical acclaim. It is a body of work that celebrates all of the styles of music that Imaani loves and combines them with strong hooks, soulful melodies and distinct production provided by Kevin Leo co-writer and producer.  

Imaani also has a stellar House Music catalogue under her belt with several Traxsource number 1s including the self-penned ‘Live without love’ and the glowing ‘Found my light’, which was written as an ode to her son and remixed by the formidable Layabouts. Not to mention a long-standing collaboration with the DJ/producer outfit Copyright, which resulted several club hits such as the anthem ‘Wizeman’, ‘Bring Me Love’ and ‘I Pray’.

Featuring on no less than twelve albums by the celebrated Incognito, Imaani has become a long-standing favourite with the fans. Her emotive lead vocal contributions also appear on albums from Urban Species, Reel People and Down To The Bone. Imaani’s session credits include Studio, television, and worldwide live performances with artists including: Chaka Khan, Nile Rodgers, Maceo Parker, Philip Bailey, Jimmy Cliff, UB40, Gloria Gaynor, Incognito, Betty Wright, Mica Paris, Anastasia, Stephen Marley, Julian Marley, Carleen Anderson and Leon Ware and Aswad.

As well as enjoying an extensive and varied career, Imaani maintains her first love, performing with her band. Giving vocal performances described as 'effortless' over music provided by her extremely polished musicians she is able to take the audience on a journey with her. Her live show is a selection of original songs that showcase the raw, soulful emotions that life can bring sprinkled with a few classic covers. It promises soulful melodies, and a distinctly British sound. 

Band Lineup

Karl Vanden Bossche (percussion/vocals)

Colin Mcneish (bass/upright bass)

Lex Cameron (keys/vocals)

Emlyn Francis (guitar)