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Skye (Paris, 2010)
|Birth name||Shirley Klaris Yonavieve Edwards|
|Also known as||Skye|
27 May 1974 |
London, England, UK
|Origin||London, England, UK|
|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 1974) is a British singer-songwriter. Her career began in 1994 when she and the Godfrey brothers (Paul Godfrey, a DJ, and Ross Godfrey, a multiinstrumentalist) formed 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, she 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 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."
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, Edwards 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.
Edwards has performed the Gorillaz song "Feel Good Inc" live on KCRW radio station (along with other tracks from her album), and also at some live shows. As a Christmas gift to her fans, Edwards 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. She 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 in limited edition.
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.
- Mind How You Go (2006)
- Keeping Secrets (2009)
- Back To Now (2012)
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