Thu, 21 December 2006
Maty Soul is a Soul singer, songwriter and composer. Born in Paris in 1981, she studied the piano from the age of 4 to 11. She moved with her family to the South of France when she was 12 years old. From an early age she fell in love with the music of Miles Davis, Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye. She was moved by the rhythms, the voices and the messages of protest in their songs, and developed her own style of singing from these influences. Maty Soul moved back to Paris in 2000, after finishing high school and a short stint at university. She found her home in the Montmartre-district of Paris well-known for its artistic and multicultural vibe. In pursuing her musical career, Maty Soul opened up for a gospel choir in 2000 and recorded her first demo in 2001. Since 2003 she has been singing regularly at Soul and Jazz venues in Paris, including l'Opus Cafe where independent artists are able to showcase their talent. In April 2006, Maty Soul launched her page on Myspace. She received a warm welcome here in France and also from the U.K. and the U.S..Maty Soul has also been encouraged by the feedback she has had from Karen Bernod (background vocalist for D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige); Peter Black (a Hidden Beach artist who appears on the Unwrapped compilations) , Nicole Russo (who sang with the Brand New Heavies). Maty Soul is working on her album and has just recorded two songs, « My Mind Went To The 70s an Love Jones . with a backing lineup of seasoned jazz musicians such as Michel Alibo (Les Nubians, Manu Dibango, Sixun). Maty Soul's music deals with social and political realities. She feels deeply concerned by injustice and inequality, and dedicates one of her songs to Martin Luther King, Jr. Her voice has been compared to that of Lauryn Hill and Jill Scottt. She has a voice that is warm and powerful, that ranges from the rhythmic force of Soul to the subtle charms of Jazz. Her passion for both is undisputed. And this passion she wishes to share with you.