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Skye (Paris, 2010)
|Birth name||Shirley Klaris Yonavieve Edwards|
|Also known as||Skye|
27 May 1972 |
London, United Kingdom
|Origin||London, United Kingdom|
|Genres||Trip hop, downtempo, alternative|
|Years active||With Morcheeba: 1995–2003, 2010–present
Solo artist: 2006–2010, 2012–present
Skye Edwards (born Shirley Klaris Yonavieve Edwards, 27 May 1972) is a British singer-songwriter who was born in East London. Her career began in 1994 when she and the Godfrey brothers (DJ Paul Godfrey and multi-instrumentalist Ross Godfrey) formed the band Morcheeba, which released five albums with Skye as lead vocalist. In 2003, the band split, after which Skye released two solo albums: Mind How You Go in 2006, and Keeping Secrets in 2009. In 2010, Edwards returned to Morcheeba, again as lead vocalist. In 2012, Skye released her third solo album, Back to Now.
Edwards decided to shorten her name to Skye by taking the first letter of each of her names and putting them together. She is married to bass player Steve Gordon and they have three children. Edwards has sung on two charity collaborations: Perfect Day (1997, in aid of Children in Need) and Band Aid 20 (2004, in aid of famine relief in Sudan, Africa).
Edwards was born in London and grew up in the East End of the city. Of Jamaican heritage, she was fostered by white parents from an early age. She described her growing up as 'I always say it was fish and chips, not rice and peas in our house'. Her first musical influence were the country and western records of her mother.
Mind How You Go
Produced by Patrick Leonard, Edwards' first solo album, Mind How You Go, was released on 27 February 2006 in Europe. The first single, "Love Show", was a radio hit throughout Europe. The next single was "What's Wrong With Me". Music videos were released with both songs. She has said: "People ask what this record means to me, but that's an alien question because I've been living and breathing it. It's not a question of what it means to me. This record is me."
"Love Show" was used on a third season episode of Grey's Anatomy called "Great Expectations". It was also used in the fifth season of the Portuguese soap opera Morangos com Açúcar and in an American TV commercial for Nivea "Sun-kissed" body lotion.
In October 2009, Edwards released her second album, Keeping Secrets independently via her own label, Skyewards Recordings. Produced by Alexis Smith and Emmy nominated Grace Jones collaborator Ivor Guest. A single, "I Believe", was released along with a music video and she completed a tour of several weeks around Europe.
In 2008, she collaborated with Marc Collin of the French group Nouvelle Vague who put together Hollywood, Mon Amour, an album of popular songs from movies from the 1980s. Skye sings several songs on this album, including Blondie's "Call Me" and Duran Duran's "A View to a Kill" from the James Bond film of the same name.
As a Christmas gift to her fans, Skye recorded a version of "River" by Joni Mitchell; this was uploaded on YouTube on November 2011. In February 2013, Skye performed "As Long As You Love Me" by Justin Bieber on KCRW, Morning Becomes Eclectic.
On the John Martyn tribute album Johnny Boy Would Love This....A Tribute to John Martyn, released in 2011, Skye sings the track "Solid Air" from Martyn's 1973 album Solid Air. In the notes to the album, Skye said, "It was a bitter sweet feeling recording 'Solid Air'. I was excited to be doing a cover of one of my favourite songs but I was sad knowing that John was no longer with us."
Skye sang on Uncovered QOTSA, by Olivier Libaux of the French group Nouvelle Vague; this is an album of Queens of the Stone Age songs covered by female singers. It was released 10 June 2013 digitally and on vinyl, limited edition. Joshua Homme said of the album: "It's such a wonderful job. Olivier Libaux has added to the tracks that beautiful sort of dreaminess and just let that be exposed, and it's really wonderful. I thank him for doing it."
Back To Now
This album was released on 29 October 2012. Produced by Steve Fitzmaurice (Depeche Mode, U2), 'Back To Now' finds Skye at her most enthralling. Whilst taking on some new directions, the album is centred on feelgood, pre-club vibes; a consistent set of songs that deepen with every listen. Skye's mesmerising voice hasn't lost any of its ethereal feel and, coupled together with incredibly smooth, retro-futuristic melodies, it is easy as ever to get lost in the neon soundscapes she creates.
- Mind How You Go (2006)
- Keeping Secrets (2009)
- Back To Now (2012)
- "LA Times article" Ann Powers, 'Guitar Soul Divas', Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2006
- "Skye Edwards interview" Teddy Jamieson, 'Skye high as Morcheeba return' The Herald (Scotland), 15 November 2013
- "Myspace.com". Myspace.com. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
- "Kcrw.com". Kcrw.com. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
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