Naomi Phoenix

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Naomi Phoenix
Birth nameNaomi Bolster
Also known asNaomi, Naomi Freeth, Naomi Phoenix
OriginWarwick, Warwickshire, England
GenresPop, rock
Years active1997–2002

Naomi Phoenix is an English singer-songwriter from Warwick, who had several releases between 1997 and 1999 on Gut under the alias Naomi. Naomi's name at the time of the releases was Naomi Freeth, but since leaving Gut has since changed her name to Naomi Phoenix.

Whilst with Gut, Phoenix's label mates were Sound 5, Jimmy Somerville, James Taylor Quartet, Space, Arabesque and Tom Jones.[1] Naomi's band was formed of Phoenix (vocals and guitar), Spike Barker (drums), Simon 'Sickboy' Bayliss (bass), Dan Whitehouse (guitar) and Dean Deavall (keyboards)[citation needed] and produced by Gavin Monaghan, who is also known for his work with Ocean Colour Scene, Editors, Scott Matthews, Nizlopi and The Twang.[2][3] Phoenix was educated at The Trinity Catholic School in Warwick,[4][5] and was in the same year at this school as the folk duo Nizlopi. Phoenix released her first single "Personal Touch" as a limited release of 3,000 copies in 1997.[6] This debut single was supported several times by the Melody Maker music magazine featuring in their 'Hit List' prior to its release on 18 October 1997,[7] given 'Single of the Week' following its release in December 1997,[8][9] and given a large spread interview as their 'Pick of the Week' on 6 December 1997.[10] Phoenix also caught the attention of the NME.[11][12] She has also appeared on national television including 'Music File' on BBC Two[13] and also The Melinda Messenger Show on Channel 5.[14]

Phoenix has supported Beth Orton, Saint Etienne, Hurricane #1, and Heather Nova.[15]


Albums and EPs[edit]

  • Liquid (December 1999)


  • "Personal Touch" (December 1997) [b/w 'Faith']
  • "Be My Lover" (CD1) (March 1999) [b/w 'Personal Touch' & 'Briuse (demo)']
  • "Be My Lover" (CD2) (March 1999) [b/w 'Amazing Grace (demo)' & 'Black Eyes Blues (demo)']
  • "Passion Fruit Jam" (December 1999) [b/w 'Womb' & 'Passion Fruit Jam (remix)']


  1. ^ Gut Records. "Artists on Gut". Archived from the original on 9 February 2001. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  2. ^ "Gavin Monaghan on Discogs". Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Giles Stanley Management: Gavin Monaghan". Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Naomi dreams of a hit with her debut song; Fame calls but aim is to enjoy making music". Coventry Evening Telegraph. 8 March 1999.
  5. ^ "Naomi freezes for her fame" (Fee required). Birmingham Evening Mail. 24 February 1998. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  6. ^ S&M Management. "Naomi Official Website: Music Page". Archived from the original on 16 January 2000. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  7. ^ "The Hit List". Melody Maker. London. 18 October 1997. p. 34. ISSN 0025-9012.
  8. ^ "Single of the Week". Melody Maker. London. 29 November 1997. p. 43. ISSN 0025-9012.
  9. ^ Gut Records. "Gut Records Artists: Naomi". Archived from the original on 9 February 2001. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
  10. ^ "The Knowledge (The A to Z of Pop Culture) – Pick of the Week: 'Real Girl Power! Naomi'". Melody Maker. London. 6 December 1997. p. 10. ISSN 0025-9012.
  11. ^ "NME Reviews: Naomi: Be My Lover". NME. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  12. ^ "NME Live Reviews: Naomi: London WC1 ULU". NME. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  13. ^ BBC2. "BBC2 Music File video on Myspace". Archived from the original on 29 October 2007. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  14. ^ "Channel 5 Melinder Messenger video on Myspace". Channel 5. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  15. ^ Gut Records. "Gut Records Artists: Naomi". Archived from the original on 9 February 2001. Retrieved 15 April 2008.

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