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True Soul Star: Sharlene Hector

21/05/2009

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This is a post i’ve been meaning to do for a while now, but you know how things are …

Anyway, Sharlene Hector is a name that has been on my radar for a couple of years now, mainly through collaborations with other artists and the odd solo track here and there. Those of you who think that you’re not familiar with her may be surprised to find that you actually do recognise her face/voice from the 2004 Coca-Cola ‘I Wish’ campaign. The TV commercial featured Ms. Hector covering Nina Simone’s I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.

 

I think everyone will agree that she does the cover justice … and then some!

I mentioned her collaborations with other artists earlier in the post and the list reads like a whose who of British soul … Basement Jaxx, Marc De Clive-Lowe, Reel People (on their album Second Guess), Tawiah, Vula.

I’m not sure exactly what it is that draws me to Sharlene as an artist so much … yes she has a fantastic voice, and yes she has worked with some of the best in the game but so have many other artists. For me she just has that special ‘something’.

Here are a couple of tracks that have been released on compilations:

You Don’t Have To Tell Me

Summertime

Sharlene is also a very well respected vocalist on the London soul scene and often provides guest/backing vocals for other artists as well as showcasing her own material. Check out the videos below of Ms. Hector doing her thing, the first sees her covering Valencia Robinson’s Bye Bye Angel.

 

Despite the huge amount of talent this lady so obviously posessess she has not yet released a solo project. As seems to be the way with Soul music, those with the most talent get overlooked in favour of those with mass market appeal.

I have googled her but info seems to be thin on the ground, not even so much as a myspace page. Lets hope that soon we get to hear more from this truly gifted lady!

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