Florence Rawlings coming your way in August
August will see the debut album and single release from Florence Rawlings. Having already performed at some key festivals in the UK, she'll be releasing her album A Fool In Love on 31st August following the 10th August release of her debut single, The Only Woman In The World.
‘The Only Woman In The World’
Single release – August 10th 2009
‘A Fool In Love’
Album release – August 31st 2009
Florence Rawlings’ first single, ‘The Only Woman in the World’, is a rolling bluesy romp of a song that blends elements of country and Memphis soul with buoyant horns, rollicking keys, romantic yet raunchy lyrics and even a harmonica bridge that could easily have graced a Motown classic.
Signed to Dramatico Records (Katie Melua, Marianne Faithfull, Carla Bruni) Florence’s album ‘A Fool In Love’ is an impressive debut of authentic soul, raw grooves and rhythm & blues that Music Week described as “a blend that could elevate her to the similar heady heights Melua enjoys. Classy stuff.”
Florence has already performed at the Isle of Wight Festival and is set to appear at O2 Wireless in Hyde Park and Guilfest in Surrey this summer, with even more festival dates still to be announced.
Florence first impressed Dramatico chairman Mike Batt seven years ago when she was 13 years old and Mike had just signed Katie Melua. Whilst Katie went on to sell millions of albums around the world, Florence stayed on at school, performed at clubs and pubs in her spare time (“I’d sing for whoever was willing to listen… at school, in clubs and bars… anywhere I could”), and kept in touch with Mike.
Fast forward to 2009 and Florence has now recorded her album and it is definitely worth the wait. As well as singing a collection of powerful original songs penned by Mike Batt himself, including ‘The Only Woman In The World’, Florence has discovered gems from days gone by and transformed them with her own charismatic soul style.
Florence makes the Gladys Knight song ‘Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me’ completely her own whilst reinventing Allen Toussaint’s long-forgotten ‘Riverboat’ with vigorous production, uplifting horns and sleek dark overtones that give the song a lavish, ominous edge. Florence even performs a version of Chuck Berry’s ‘You Can’t Catch Me’ – following in the potentially daunting footsteps of The Rolling Stones and John Lennon, she embraces it just as convincingly as rock and roll’s elite.
Little Richard’s description of his own sound sums up Florence’s electrifying style perfectly, “Rock n’ rollin’, rhythm & blues soulin’”. Florence Rawlings is set to be a modern soul star. In the words of the song - “jump on the wagon and join the dance.”
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