China Soul

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China Soul
Soul performing live in 2009.
Birth name China Alexandra Soul
Born (1988-05-05) 5 May 1988 (age 26)
Florida, USA
Origin Los Angeles, California, USA
Genres Pop, Rock, Folk
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2002–present
Associated acts David Soul, Chaz Jankel
Website chinasoul.co.uk

China Alexandra Soul (born 5 May 1988) is an American-British singer/songwriter.[1] Her debut album Secrets & Words was released in the UK on 25 October 2010 through AS:Music.[2] She is the daughter of actor/singer David Soul and actress Julia Nickson-Soul.[3]

Career[edit]

Soul began playing music and writing songs at the early age of 14.[4] Songs such as debut single ‘Cold’, title track ‘Secrets & Words’, ‘Into the White’ and ‘Long Way Back’ all appear on Soul’s debut album, Secrets & Words, and were written when she was just 16.[5] She can now be found entertaining the crowds in London's Covent Garden.

In April 2014, Soul joined the cast of Chaplin's Circus, playing the part of Ruth Etting, an American singing star and actress of the 1920s and '30s.[6]

Debut album[edit]

In late 2008, Soul met Chaz Jankel of The Blockheads (formerly Ian Dury and the Blockheads) and Jankel began producing and co-writing[7] what was to become Soul’s debut album Secrets & Words.[8] Soul’s debut single ‘Cold’ was released through AS:Music in the United Kingdom on 18 October 2010. The album was released one week later on 25 October 2010.[9] In November 2010, Soul was invited onto the Dermot O'Leary BBC Radio 2 show for a live session and interview where she played "Cold" and a cover of the Rod Stewart song "You're in my Heart".[10] On 1 May 2011, Soul appeared on the Aled Jones BBC Radio 2 show for a live interview and performance of her follow-up single 'Breathe'.[11] On 18 May 2011 she appeared on the Steve Wright in the Afternoon BBC Radio 2 show with her father.[12] She also received spot-plays on shows such as the Jools Holland BBC Radio 2 Show [13] and appeared on ITV's Lorraine Kelly show for an interview.[14]

‘Cold’ was also released as a limited edition 7” white vinyl through FooFar records[15] in January 2010. Its B-side was an a cappella cover of the Nina Simone song Be My Husband. Soul’s follow-up single ‘Breathe’ was released 25 April 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Soul is the only daughter of actor/singer David Soul (best known for his role as "Hutch" in the television program Starsky and Hutch) and actress Julia Nickson (best known for her starring role in Rambo: First Blood Part II).[16] She has five half-brothers from her father’s previous marriages. Born in Tampa, Florida, Soul grew up in Los Angeles, California.[17] She studied creative writing at Orange County High School of the Arts.[18] In June 2006, Soul moved to London permanently and attended Royal Holloway, University of London where she studied English Literature and Creative Writing.[19]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title
2010 Secrets & Words

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2010 Cold Secrets & Words
2011 Breathe Secrets & Words

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OK! Magazine 25 January 2011". Ok.co.uk. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "As Music 17 March 2011". Asmusic.biz. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  3. ^ China Soul IMDB 2011
  4. ^ Choice Magazine, “Heart and Soul” January 2011, pp. 106–7
  5. ^ Telegraph Magazine, “Flashback: China Soul recalls a summer in France with her father, David, in 1995”, 20 November 2010, p. 114
  6. ^ "Times 21 May 2014". times-series.co.uk. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Guardian 7 March 2010". Yourlocalguardian.co.uk. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Chaz Jankel 20 March 2010". Chazjankel.com. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  9. ^ UK Music Review 25 October 2010[dead link]
  10. ^ Dermot O'Leary BBC Radio 2 Show 6 November 2010
  11. ^ "Aled Jones BBC Radio 2 Show 1 May 2011". BBC. 1 May 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Steve Wright BBC Radio 2 Show 18 May 2011". BBC. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Jools Holland BBC Radio 2 Show 10 May 2010". BBC. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "ITV 1 Lorraine 1 September 2011". NME. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Foofar Records 2011". Foofar-records.co.uk. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "CHSSC 2006". Chssc.org. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  17. ^ "Fame Magazine September 2010". Famemagazine.co.uk. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  18. ^ "OCHSA Alumni 2006". Classfinders.com. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "Wozzon September 2010". Wozzon.com. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 

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