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From the cobblestoned streets of Bergen, to the ocean breeze of Ipanema. Sheila Simmenes presents elegant compositions that playfully and lovingly blends nordic and brazilian folk music, jazz, pop and soul.
The soundscape is 100% organic and analog, with a hint of vintage sound - while the compositions play with lyrics on local norwegian dialect, english and brazilian portuguese.
This year, the jazz singer is finally emerging with her first solo-album and a sound that skillfully combines a myriad of musical impulses - manifesting itself in the genre of world music with the veil of warm yet playful vocals layered on top.
Her musical resumé stretches from brazilian underground clubmusic, samba and reggae with Kristiansand Symphonic Orchestra - to pop, electronica, house, EDM, acoustic country, folk music, jazz and soul. Moving smoothly between the edges of musical genres, and picking up influences around the world. She has worked with a long line of different musicians and producers in Scandinavia, Europe and Brazil. Though she mostly enjoys writing music for other artists - she also finds the time for her own projects.
Her songs has been featured in major media such as Rolling Stones Magazine BR, TV Brasil, SBT Brasil, O Globo and a broad selection of music media all over the globe. Her sound has been mentioned to remind the listener of other jazz and soul-artists such as Lisa Ekdahl, Silje Nergård, Portishead and Selah Sue - while also being inspired by artists such as Erykah Badu, Leo Middea, Yuna, Amel Larrieux and Melody Gardot.
In the summer of 2018 she invited a selection of her favorite musicians to join her at Kongshavn Studio, on the southern coast of Norway. With producer Bjørn Ole Rasch - they recorded what has become her debut album. A deep dive into the rhythms of brazil, fused with nordic melodic styles within jazz and neo-soul.
Album to be released in 2020.