Following months of planning, Mousehouse Promotions finally brought together the Soulfully Yours Tour 2017 and as Shalamar sung, it was a ‘Night to Remember’.
Featuring Gwendolyn Collins, Kenya (USA), Arthur Miles and Camera Soul (Italy) – this was the perfect opportunity for Musicvein to head over to Birmingham and soak up some Jazz, Blues and Soul.
The night started with the awesome Camera Soul – not the full band I might add, they were missing founder Piero Lombardo and others – but never-the-less, performed perfectly as a quartet. Opening with ‘Not For Ordinary People’ the title track from their first English album, I was in my element watching the craftmanship on stage.
Next to perform was Kenya who began her set with ‘Lovely Day’. There’s something serene about Kenya as an artist, her stage presence graceful and fluid, her voice sweeping like an ocean song. When joined by Kendall Duffie of Kloud 9 to perform their duet ‘Be Here’, I was moved. Lost in the harmonies of the two singers, I would have loved to hear them sing a few more songs together.
Funk and Blues-man Arthur Miles was next up joined by Camera Soul musicians Beppe Sequestro (Bass), Pippo Lombardo (Keys) and Fabio Delle Foglie (Drums). Having last been in the UK 25 years ago it was an honor to see Arthur live, singing hits such as ‘Trippin On Your Love’, ‘Sunny’ and treating us to new songs ‘Let’s Get To It’ and ‘If Ever Your Teardrops Fall’, from his forthcoming album ‘Language of Love’.
Gwendolyn Collins, had the audience like putty in her hands, oozing sensuality as she purred along to ‘I’m Gonna Luv U’ a remix of the Barry White song. The crowd couldn’t help but rock along as she performed ‘Hey Baby’, ‘I Think I Like You’, ‘Too Busy’ and ‘Heaven Sent’ (again backed by Camera soul).
If all those artists weren’t enough, there came the return of Camera Soul spinning their Jazz funk hits, ‘Black Cat’ and ‘Mama’ I know I was having a great time and could tell lead singer Maria Lotesoriere was too as she didn’t stop dancing around the stage! Then came the ballads ‘A Day With You In London’ and one of my favourite songs of Camera Soul ‘This Is Not The Right Way’ before the whole crew returned to sing Stevie Wonder‘s ‘Do I Do’, completing a wonderful evening in Birmingham.
If you missed all of these fabulous artists, make sure you keep tabs on Mousehouse Promotions for details of other events they will be putting on in 2018 – who knows you may get a repeat performance!