We are delighted to announce our first show of 2012 with Terra Naomi. We first saw her live supporting The Fray some years ago, and after going to see her play in New York this summer, arranged this gig. It is a rare opportunity to see her in the UK, and one of her first gigs here for many years.
She is touring her new album 'To Know I'm OK' which was produced by Grammy nominated John Alagia (John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews, Rachael Yamagata).
She projects a superb confidence throughout this collection of pop songs, even when she gets vulnerable. That attribute alone is enough to carry this album of piano and acoustic guitar-led tunes. Whether appropriating Ingrid Michaelson/Regina Spektor perkiness (“You For Me”), Brandi Carlile emotional bravura (“Someday Soon,” “To Know I’m OK”) or Kelly Clarkson drama (“Not Sorry”), Naomi sells the tunes assuredly. She owns these tunes, no matter who produced them, what sound they resemble or who covers them. All four of those songs are hits waiting to happen.
Naomi leans heavily on songcraft...her voice, instrumentation, arrangement and production are all solid... each part is in place to serve the melody and lyric. Paul Simon crafted unassuming, brilliant tunes through subtle hooks and devastating emotional turns, and Naomi does the same...
‘To Know I’m Ok’ is Naomi’s first album since the 2007 release of her album ‘Under The Influence’ with Universal-Island Records. After a challenging major label experience, the New York native moved back to Los Angeles from London, and set about creating the album she had always wanted to make.
“Everyone in the business, including my own management at the time, told me I would never be able to get John Alagia to produce my album, since I no longer had the budget and support of a major label. I did not consider that to be an acceptable answer, fired my manager, and found a way to contact John’s management. They listened to my songs, we discussed my plan for the album, they set up a meeting with John, and a couple of months later we were in the studio.”
Always one to push boundaries and create her own rules, and frustrated by the lack of support for independent musicians within the traditional music industry, Terra Naomi launched a “Virtual Summer Tour” from her Hollywood apartment in June 2006. Naomi went on to win the first YouTube Award for Best Music Video and signed with Universal Publishing and Island Records.
She was the only new artist to play at Al Gore’s Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, helped launch YouTube Russia with a live performance in Moscow, performed the first ever concert of western music in Kashmir, India, and booked a series of fan-funded tours across the US and Italy.
” The voice of an angel with the power of a Tsunami” (glasswerk.co.uk)
“This is spirited and rescuing music full of cherish and intimacy” (Nerve magazine)
“It’s rare to a see a musician standing on a large stage with no backing musicians that can dominate an area so much.” (LiverpoolStudent Media)
“Through uplifting numbers such as Smile to the reggae tinged Curious, he displayed more than enough variety to shake off the über earnest and mawkish tags that can befall singer songwriters.” (LM.COM)