Saint Saviour to Sound It Out
By One Giant Leap
Friday 29 Oct 2010 18:51:00
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Stockton's Saint Saviour is coming home tomorrow for a one-off performance in Sound It Out Records. The former Groove Armada lead vocalist will be performing her new debut single, “Woman Scorned” at 3pm. It’s an excellent track by the way. Oh and the whole thing is being filmed by local film maker Jeanie Finlay for her forthcoming documentary about the independent record store.


Saint Saviour has been confirmed on the bill of the HMV’s Next Best Thing early next year. Also she is going to supporting Hurts in November for the little noise sessions which is curated by BBC Radio 1s Jo Whiley.


London based but formerly from the North-East, Saint Saviour is a singer-songwriter with an unquestionable musical talent, and her haunting new-gospel ballads and country soul tracks allow her to now showcase her full range of her abilities as a singer and solo artist. Saint Saviour is a class act, the real deal, debut single “Woman Scorned” is direct, intelligent, honest, raw and consciously neo-noir, recalling a bygone time when female singers like Patti Smith and Annie Lennox were passionate, strong, stylised and dangerous.


Saint Saviour has many arrows to her musical bow and just one is that she is a lead vocalist/performer for legendary dance artists Groove Armada. She co-wrote several tracks on their new album Black Light, sang on a live Groove Armada studio session on 6 music’s Lauren Laverne show, toured incessantly with them as their front woman and generated rave reviews especially for her performance at this year’s Glastonbury (which lead to the set being the most tweeted of the entire festival). As a fierce live performer with Groove Armada she has picked up fans in high places, with Edith Bowman, Neil Tennant, and Steve Lamacq all giving praise to her stage craft and showmanship. Groove Armada’s Andy Cato has even gone as far as to say she is the ‘performer of her generation.’


Saint Saviour is now one of the most sought after guest and session vocalists in London, working with Joe & Will Ask, The Slips and Punks Jump Up, however she has never forgotten her Northern roots and upon meeting her that Northern warmth still radiates through. Saint Saviour is an artist who sings deeply from the heart; the versatility of her voice is key to her success, gaining comparisons to everyone from Maria Callas and Karen O to Kate Bush and Antony Hegarty - a testament to her strict musical practice routine. 


Radio support comes from 6 music, Radio 1s Rob Da Bank & regionally Bob Fischer at BBC radio Tees, Bishop FM, Sunday Sun, The Crack and Narc. The Sunday Times have listed her in their “What’s Hot” barometer and Record Of The Day made “Woman Scorned” their “track of the day”. Saint Saviour is headlining at London’s Bush Hall on October 23rd and then heading to the North-East for a one off live performance in her home town independent record store: Sound It Out on Saturday 30th October thus highlighting the release and her ever strong connections to the North-East. Finally, a well-known documentary maker named Jeanie Finlay is making a documentary about the Sound It Out, the locals it attracts and she will also be filming the Saint Saviour in store.


“A real giant of a tune from the Groovesters, graced by a mighty new vocal discovery (Saint Saviour)” – D.C- Sunday Times Culture - Sept 09.


“Becky (Saint Saviour’s real name) is the best performer. Some people have the X-factor and this girl has it” – Jessica Brinton - The Sunday Times - July 2010.                

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