|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter producer, author, environmentalist and creative director.|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, cello|
Misty Oldland (born Michele Oldland) is a British-Swiss singer-songwriter, best known for her 1994 singles "A Fair Affair (Je T'Aime)" and "Got Me a Feeling", a duet with soul singer Omar Lye-fook MBE.
She has had three of her singles reach the UK Singles Chart with top 10 singles across Europe and Japan, most notably in France, where album Supernatural topped the charts for 6 months, and Iceland where it was number 1. Misty Oldland's songs have been covered by artists including Ophélie Winter (France), Kate Ceberano (Australia), Bonnie Pink (Japan) and most recently has co-written songs with Andrew Vowles aka Mushroom (Massive Attack) for his debut solo album.
Oldland presented the 'Soul of MTV' and co-founded soul and hip-hop club 'Slow Motion' with video director and former partner Jake Nava - listed in the ‘Top ten night clubs in Britain’ by The Sunday Times Magazine.
In 2006 she was named 'A Woman of Achievement' by Woman of The Year for self-releasing album 'Forest Soul' which sampled the sounds of endangered animals, and featured musical collaborations with co-producer Joe Dworniak and artists Roachford, Cleveland Watkiss, Tunde Jegede, Faye Simpson, Nikki Brown, Glen Nightingale and HKB Finn. Created to raise awareness for rainforest conservation, Forest Soul was the first carbon neutral CD sleeve to use vegetable ink and a waterless printing method as well as the first 100% recycled LP sleeve. Misty's single Orange Fox was packaged in a 'sing-along' book for children with animated video.
Forest Soul Reviews: “Totally superb!”- XFM-“Beautifully crafted tunes with powerful messages.” - FUTURE FORESTS -“Stunning animated video” - MUSICWEEK -“Virgin Recommends.” - VIRGIN “Good Buy!” - THE OBSERVER -“Perfect street soul.” - ROUGH TRADE - “A gorgeous one-off.” - STRAIGHT NO CHASER -“Can stand comparison to Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.” - JAZZNOTJAZZ.COM -“Proof you can craft great music and sing about things that matter.” - THE ECOLOGIST. “We will use ‘Forest Soul’ in our campaign to help protect the world’s last remaining forests.” - GREENPEACE.
Oldland credits recent success to Dame Anita Roddick MBE and Gordon Roddick of The Body Shop Foundation, who mentored her in ethical business and funded ‘Forest Soul’. Misty contributed a chapter about the music business to Anita's book ‘A Revolution in Kindness’ and is currently developing a musical book & TV series for children called 'The Golden Seed'.
In between writing and composing, Oldland works behind the scenes with a host of NGO's and activists to design environmental campaigns. She was part of the original think tank behind the creation of 38 Degrees and has collaborated on campaigns with the Green Party, Greenpeace, Trees Have Rights, eradicatingecocide.com, The Ecologist, Polly Higgins, Tamsin Omond, The Inga Foundation and Climate Rush.
- 1994 - Supernatural - Columbia
- 1997 - Luminous - Epic/Sony
- 2006 - "Forest Soul"
- 1993 - "Got Me a Feeling" - UK #59
- 1994 - "A Fair Affair (Je T'aime)" - UK #49
- 1994 - "I Wrote You a Song" - UK #73
- 1994 - "Groove Eternity"
- 2003 - "Orange Fox"
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