Friday 18 October 2019 7.30pm Palace Theatre, PaigntonBuy Tickets £13 from Palace Theatre, Paignton
Odette spent four years travelling the world, paying her way by working as a singer on cruise ships. Using her free time on those long voyages to concentrate on her playing and writing, she returned from her travels with a collection of songs which form her debut album, “A Shake Of The Hand”. Odette’s travels have fundamentally influenced the sound of her music. These songs do not sit entirely in any particular genre, but sound very confident where they are.
Like any songwriter, her material brings together elements of the external world and her own internal world. Her diverse musical influences contribute many facets to her music, together with her appreciation for the silence from which music is born. Passionate about inner well-being, Odette’s songs are fresh, uplifting and ‘sun-kissed’, to quote Clive Davis – The Sunday Times.
Odette embarked on the recording process in early 2013 at the studio of producer Philip Taylor. They decided at the outset that the album needed to sound fresh and immediate, and above all leave all the space needed for her unique and dynamic vocal arrangements. Percussion instruments take the place of drums on all but a couple of tracks, providing an ever changing backdrop to acoustic guitars, upright bass and cameos from instruments such as sitar, trumpet and flugelhorn. To read more about the illustrious and varied players on this album go to click here.
Odette and her producer resolved that what should come across are songs ‘wearing something comfortable’ rather than songs subjected to ‘production’. To create something timeless was the aim, and that is what “Shake Of The Hand” achieves.
Odette and her 5-piece band took many festivals and jazz venues by storm during Summer 2017 including Fleece Jazz, Whitby Musicport Festival and Wigan Jazz Festival. In 2018 they played at the renowned Pizza Express in Dean Street, Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club, plus a rural tour of the Kent area.
“Odette unleashes a chain of sun-kissed original numbers with the verve of R&B, but none of its bombast or cliches” “Definitely one for the summer playlist” Clive Davis, The Sunday Times
“Odette is a huge British talent. If you haven’t ‘discovered’ her yet, you are missing a treat…… as smooth, seductive, and soulful a voice as you’ll hear anywhere, minus the cliches. Highly recommended.” Chris Cowey – Music TV Producer and Director (Brit Awards, Glastonbury, Top Of The Pops etc)
“Delight doesn’t express it! Everything they’re saying about Odette is true. A star in the making!” Nick Fogg, Marlborough Jazz Festival
“Beautiful gig, Odette will definitely be coming here again” Michael Burgess, Fleece Jazz