Celeb of the Month September 2014 SCARLETTE FEVER

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Have you met the Scarlette woman yet? Scarlette Fever, to be precise. A musician who was born to pour out her soul in music. Whether you’re already a fan or newly aware, it’s time to check out one gifted British artist in the songwriting form of her life.

Acclaimed in the UK media from the tabloid pop pages to the teen press, from Popjustice to a brace of prestigious appearances on the BBC Radio 2 playlist, Scarlette has been expanding her horizons since she was last on record. Her eclectic and infectious music, full of bold hooks and barefaced emotions, is all the better for it.

You’ve heard of artists getting it together in the country? The country where Scarlette Fever did that was the USA. In particular, Los Angeles, where on repeat visits over the last year and more, she’s worked with extraordinary musicians and producers, charmed countless industry executives and played at the Hard Rock Café in Hollywood and the legendary Viper Room on Sunset Strip.

The first result of these US visits came in the form of the autumn 2013 EP Single White Female, produced with the acclaimed collaborators Steve Lironi (Altered Images, Space)on the UK live tracks,Tommy Faragher(Dusty Springfield, Al Green)whocurated the studio session in the USA with mixes from Pete Craigie(Bellowhead, Rubylux)and Ash Howes(Texas, Ellie Goulding).The EP included the emotive ballad Sunday Best,written with guitarist Chris Moorhead (Seth Lakeman) alongside keyboard player, Angie Pollock (Goldfrapp, Peter Gabriel).

Since then she’s had her head down in the studio, writing and recording the new album, whilst still finding the time to play several packed London shows, finessing her live set up at the likes of North London’s St Pancras Old Church and Camden’s Colonel Fawcett, the legendary Soho venue The Borderline and Islington’s O2 Academy2. She’s alsoreleased a 4-track remix EP, Return of the Fever, plus astunning cover of the Erasure classic A Little Respect, put out to celebrate the legalisation of same-sex marriages – a momentous occasion close to Scarlette’s heart. But now it’s back to her own material and the first taster from the new album, Helena, the title track from the upcoming EP, out September 21st 2014.

Co-produced by Paul Simm, who co-wrote six tracks on Neneh Cherry’s recent album and has also worked with Amy Winehouse, Groove Armada, Tom Jones and Massive Attack, Helena is a huge leap forward in sound and song writing for Scarlette, and marks the beginning of an exciting new collaborative chapter for the acclaimed singer songwriter. “It is definitely a new direction but that hasn’t been a conscious decision,” says Scarlette. “It’s just where I am and what’s ringing my bell musically.” And the song’s meaning?  “It’s about falling madly in love, madly in lust and everything in between. About finally understanding what all the fuss that Shakespeare made was about.”

Elsewhere on the EP are three other new songs, the stunning, previously unreleased Piece Me Back Together and two live favourites, 6ft Woman and P.S. I Hate You,all of which offer an enticing aperitif forthe brilliantly-titled Attack Of The 6ft Woman, the forthcoming sequel to her 2011 album debut Medication Time.

“We have fluffy pop princesses aplenty, so it’s about time we had a proper rock chick,” cooed Star magazine of that first collection. BBC Radio 2 contracted Fever, too, moved to put her on the playlist not once but twice B listed, with her debut single Crash & Burn and again with Elated. Press followed in the likes of the Daily Mirror, Daily Star, Music Week, NME and Popjustice, all of which helped Scarlette to land tour support slots with artists like Roachford, Caro Emerald, Lisa Stansfield and most importantly, Mike & the Mechanics.

“The whole catalyst for this change of sound was going on tour with Mike & the Mechanics,” says Scarlette. “We found ourselves in a rehearsal studio and had to almost rewrite the songs we were working with, to make them work in a standard band line-up, because a lot of our stuff back then had strings and brass on it, huge productions. So I had to rapidly become a rhythm guitarist, that was fun, and I think that drove the whole project of what I do in completely another direction.”

Scarlette and her band went into the studio to record her band with Steve Lironi, whose revered career as writer, guitarist, producer and arranger has taken him everywhere from Boy George to Bon Jovi. Then those LA adventures began, where she started writing the body of songs that now form the sophomore album with Chris Moorhead and Angie Pollock.

Outside of music, Scarlette’s been following her passionate commitment as a music teacher for children with special educational needs through an Arts Award scheme. “My biggest goal is to teach the kids that they don’t need instruments, that they can create music with their voices, their bodies,” she says. “It’s tough work, but when you connect with those kids, or they connect with you, it’s so rewarding.”

She’s also honored to be an ambassador for the water charity, Fresh2o, alongside the likes of Will Smith, Keira Knightley, Janet Jackson, Lily Cole and more. The charity’s mission is to reduce poverty, improve health and prevent heath by enabling the provision of clean water for drinking and sanitation purposes globally. It was founded by Oscar-award winning photographer Candice and is currently raising funds for seven village wells in Madagascar.  Scarlette has recently performed at one of their exclusive fundraising events and her role as ambassador will raise awareness of the charity and their life saving work.

Now all eyes are on her official new single, Helena whilst Scarlette puts the finishing touches to long awaited second album, Attack Of The 6ft Woman, due out later this year. It’s going to be worth the wait, and promises to be the most enjoyable musical ambush you’ve ever experienced…

Questionnaire

Your favourite virtue?
Without a doubt honesty

Your favourite qualities in a man?
I like a guy to be a guy; strong, polite and gentlemanly Superman meets Mr Darcy

Your favourite qualities in a woman?
The exact opposite of my favourite qualities in a man.  Of course that said, gender aside I like decent, fun, loyal and trustworthy people.

Your main characteristic?
Are you after a date lol?  Let me see, I have hazel eyes, dark blonde hair, I’m 5’9 and of course in heals a 6ft Woman.

Given the opportunity what would you most like to change?
Our values as a species.  I like us to nurture our world rather than destroy

Who would you most like to take out for dinner?
Alive- Bette Midler, Anyone- Elvis!!

Your idea of happiness?
A beach, sunshine and my family smiling and healthy

What is your favourite way of spending the day?
A blank day in the diary, a box set of Quantum Leap and a greasy Chinese (food that is!)

Whose life other than yours would you most like to have lived?
Mary Berry of course

Where would you most like to live?
That’s a hard one!!!  6 months in Malibu, 3 months in Brighton and 3 months at home

Who is your favourite author?
Paulo Coelho

Who is your favourite poet?
John Lennon

Your favourite heroes in fiction?
Superman and Wolverine

Your favourite heroines in fiction?
Storm

Who is your favourite composer?
John Barry

What is your favourite Film?
No way, I can’t decide.

Your favourite food?
Fresh homemade pasta

Your favourite drink?
A Chocolate malt milkshake

Who do you most admire?
My Mum

What is your present state of mind?
Excited, I’ll be home soon

Your favourite motto?
To infinity and beyond

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