Rox (singer)

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ROX
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Rox at the Dot to Dot Festival, Manchester, 2010.
Background information
Birth name Roxanne Tataei
Born Norbury, London
Genres Soul, R&B, reggae
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Acoustic Guitar
Keyboard
Years active 2007–present
Labels Rough Trade[1]
Website thisisrox.com

Rox is the stage name of English soul singer-songwriter Roxanne Tataei.

Early life[edit]

Born in Norbury,[2] Rox is half-Jamaican (Mother) and half-Iranian (Father).[3] She cites living with her grandparents and being a regular churchgoer as her introduction to singing.[4]

By age 10, Rox was a part of the National Youth Music Theatre and travelled across Britain appearing in various productions with them. By her 14th birthday she had her first guitar and was experimenting with several musical genres. She rehearsed her music at Scream Studios in Croydon.[5]

Rox's musical influences include Lauryn Hill, Joni Mitchell, Sade, Mary J. Blige and Alanis Morissette.

Music career[edit]

After forming her first band in 2007, Rox attracted interest from a variety of labels before signing with Rough Trade in November 2008.[1] Since signing, she has appeared on tours with the likes of Mark Ronson and Daniel Merriweather[6] and on such television shows as Later... with Jools Holland (Series 35). She has also appeared at the Reading and Leeds Festivals[citation needed] with Wiley and BBC Electric Proms with Nitin Sawhney, whose London Undersound album she was one of the guest collaborators.[citation needed]

Rox's debut single, "No Going Back", was released on seven-inch vinyl on 15 December 2009. She told Steve Lamacq on his Radio 2 show that the song is about "leaving a relationship and not wanting to go back to that situation."[7]

Rox's next single, "My Baby Left Me", was released on 15 March 2010 and made the BBC Radio 2 A-List and has received other critical success. It debuted at Number 91 in the United Kingdom in the week of its release.[citation needed] She also entered the Dutch Top 40 on 10 April 2010 at Number 35, moving to a new peak of 27 a week later.[citation needed]

Rox released her debut album, Memoirs, on 7 June 2010, which features the previously released singles and 10 other tracks. The album was partially recorded in New Jersey in April 2009 with "Commissioner" Gordon Williams (of Lauryn Hill fame) but mainly in London with Jay-Z and Lupe Fiasco producer Al Shux.[citation needed]

Her third single, "I Don't Believe", was released at the same time as her album. The music video was posted by Rox on her official Twitter on 4 May 2010. It was also used in an advertising campaign by Rimmel.[8][9]

Her fourth single, "Rocksteady", was also include in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa (video game) soundtrack.

Rox's single 'My Baby Left Me' has been used in the 2013 movie Girl Most Likely as background music for the 'sex-scene' between Kristen Wiig and Darren Criss.

Reviews[edit]

Rox was tipped for success in 2010, being selected as HMV's "Next Big Thing" and in February played a headlining performance at London's Jazz Café on the "Next Big Thing Night".[10]

Rox was also featured in The Guardian, Sunday Times and The Independent as an act to watch out for in 2010.

Rox was featured as The Guardian's "New Band of the Day" on 23 November 2009.[11] She also made the longlist of the BBC's Sound of 2010.[12] As well as MTV UK's "10 for 10" list.[13]

Support for Rox in the British Press has been widespread, with NME calling Memoirs "Back to Black, this time with feeling" and Music Week citing her as "one of 2010's most exciting new prospects".[citation needed]

The News of the World labelled the single "My Baby Left Me" as "stunning" and awarded it a five star review.[3]

Mike Driver, writing for the BBC about her debut album was effusive about the singer but complained about the inconsistency of the album overall, saying that it "showcases a young singer bursting with potential" but that "like many a debut, Memoirs doesn’t know quite where to settle style-wise, veering from excellence to excruciation. Heart Ran Dry retains the acoustic element of the preceding Forever Always Wishing, but is more sketchy X Factor audition than a track worthy of making any album’s final cut.".[14]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[15]
NL FRA ITA
2010 Memoirs 97 37 76 11

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK NL GER ITA
2009 "No Going Back" Memoirs
2010 "My Baby Left Me" 91 12 35 11
"I Don't Believe"
"Rocksteady"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rox signs to Rough Trade & EMI Pub Crazed Hits, 3 November 2008
  2. ^ Rox Playaway
  3. ^ a b Soul babe performs live and-reveals truth behind barbed debut single News of the World, 11 March 2010
  4. ^ ROX - Roxy Music LondonTourdates, 13 November 2009
  5. ^ Norbury rocks – just ask Rox Your Croydon, March 2010 (page 20)
  6. ^ Artist Info - ROX Latitude Festival 2010, 15 July 2010
  7. ^ No Going Back by Rox Songfacts
  8. ^ (Re) Introducing... Rox Londonist, 21 October 2009
  9. ^ 2010 – The year of Rox-Soul Catch a Vibe, 4 January 2010
  10. ^ Talent meets attitude with Rox London Evening Standard, 9 February 2010
  11. ^ New band of the day - Rox (No 674) guardian.co.uk, 23 November 2009
  12. ^ BBC Sound of 2010: Rox BBC News, 7 December 2009
  13. ^ 10 For 10 MTV UK
  14. ^ Mike Driver "Rox Memoirs Review: She can hold her own with the majority of her peers", BBC Music, 10 June 2010
  15. ^ The Official Charts Company[not in citation given]
  16. ^ ROX Official website
  17. ^ Memoirs Rox iTunes (Apple)

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