Friday 18 October 2019 7.30pm Palace Theatre, PaigntonBuy Tickets £13 from Palace Theatre, Paignton
Described as ‘Sade meets Joni Mitchell’, London-based Odette is a rising singer-songwriter with a fresh new sound. She has been touring nationally with her band over the last two years and received a great review in the Sunday Times for he debut album, ‘A Shake Of The Hand’
Odette is well travelled and indiscriminate when it comes to listening to music, so you will find many subtle influences on hearing her songs, including folk, jazz and world music. Indian and Mediterranean flavours are prominent in her live band thanks to wonderful musicians who accompany her.
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.
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