Friday, June 01, 2007

Indigo comes full circle

With a versatile and powerful voice, Indigo (aka Sonia Clarke) is one of the lead vocalists with reggae band Gabbidon and is also forging ahead with her own solo career by completing her debut album, Full Circle, later this year. Indigo is a native of Manchester and moved to Birmingham to attend University, where she gained a degree in Business and European Studies. She remained in the 2nd city after her studies and first linked up with Basil Gabbidon and his band, Gabbidon in 2005, performing at that year's ArtsFest. She remains a regular lead and backing vocalist with the band, sharing duties with Leonie Smith and guests. Earlier this year she teamed up with jazz pianist Andre Bassing and his Bassing Music Collective and will perform at the Birmingham Symphony Hall on 7 September. In addition, with Leonie, they form the folk/chillout duo, Rainy Days and Mondays. In her youth, Indigo played and taught piano, won awards for her gospel singing and photography, wrote songs and sang in an all-girl reggae rap trio called Monocliffix, and more recently has been studying jazz piano. Collaborating with acclaimed saxophonist/producer Alvin Davis on her debut album will see the realization of her dream later this year. Link: MySpace

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