Huntington Beach, CA (PressExposure) May 14, 2014 -- The singer and songwriter known as Lydia Kinsey has released her debut record, an extended-play soul release simply titled, "The EP." It is comprised of five original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes. It has been published on the GB&R record label. A jazzy, feminine and sonorous album with sterling production and remarkable performances, "The EP" by Lydia Kinsey proves that the UK's oft-overlooked soul scene still produces some of the world's most powerful and evocative singers.
England's Lydia Kinsey cites as main artistic influences Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Eva Cassidy, Melody Gardot, Rachelle Ferrell, and Lianne La Havas. Intuitively, her own sound is classy, elegant, and a tad sly. Her selections on "The EP" are suitable for a wide range of listening circumstances, and would fit nicely with a playlist featuring performers such as Erykah Badu and Jill Scott.
Asked to relate the overall message of her record, Kinsey writes that "We are in control of our own behaviour and destiny and we can create change. We should love and be a positive influence on those around us."
Lydia Kinsey has been singing all her life, and began performing onstage with her church youth band. She began collaborating with Dagroovestation while studying her A-Levels. Her university work at Exeter halted this project briefly, but she returned to sing with Dagroovestation at her earliest opportunity. Straightaway their live shows began to stack, beginning with a performance at Scream Lounge for a BBC-3 documentary, "Baby Bomb," a show at White Lion, then a live gig on Croyden radio.
Supported by Marley J Wills and producer Manifest, Kinsey hits the studio twice weekly to work on her solo material. Her official bio speaks as highly of her lyrical themes as it does of her vocal tone and timbre.
"The soul is about to be put back into the UK soul-music scene," it reads, "a scene that until now has unfortunately been populated by a mass of beats and gimmicks used to hide the message-less and disposable. Lydia and Dagroovestation agree that for this to change we must first provide a message, a reason for our audience to care about what is being said. [Lydia's] is an honest point of view that doesn't just point out what's wrong, but instead offers possible solutions and remedies for the ills that plague our society."
"The EP" by Lydia Kinsey is available online worldwide.
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