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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Introducing Pepper..!

With her soulful but gutsy voice and being called the urban version of Adele let us introduce you to Pepper. We have featured a few previous releases from this talented singer and the more we hear, the more we love this lady and we’d though we’d showcase some of her new material, in her acoustic sessions that are just brilliant..!


First discovered on UK reality TV show Must Be The Music after performing an collection of her own songs that blew the judging panel away which included Dizzee Rascal and fellow judges Jamie Cullum and Sharleen Spiteri  She was soon signed to Dizzee's label Dirtee Stank after hearing how talented this girl really was.

First starting out in a college band called Pepper & Piano, it was a security guard that encouraged the band to audition for the reality TV show. Katie Pepper explained "They had the auditions in the building opposite college", continuing saying "we were stood outside smoking and the security guys off the door were coming down and asking us to do it. We didn't want to - I think I literally used the words 'I'm not selling my soul to a reality style show' - but then we heard this one was all about artists doing their own material, so we decided to give it a try. That's where 'Wish It Away' comes from - we didn't want to look back in the future and wonder why we didn't at least have a go"

"Funny how in a short space of time A split decision can change your whole life" says Pepper reflecting on that moment in her life. Here was where Pepper and Piano first caught the judges and the publics eye.
However, it wasn't all plain sailing for the due as when fellow band member was faced with the prospect of performing in front of 10,000 fans, Piano ( aka Emma ) decided that music was not her path, as stage nervous were too much for the performer. Katie remembers "she was so terrified it was all we could do to get her on the stage. It all worked out really well though, because just as she was realising the whole thing wasn't for her, Emma found out she was pregnant, which she was really excited about, so she went off to have her baby, and I just got on with making the best of the opportunity I'd been given".


And what an opportunity that was, by being invited to work with Dizzee Rascal's manager and mentor Nicholas "Cage" Denton, one of the most respected songwriters in UK garage scene. From there she was flying solo and Pepper was born...
"She was an artist who just smacked me dead centre in the face from day one as someone who could do really good things, because she's got a fantastic voice and a really nice energy... Obviously now I know her a bit better cos we've written a whole album together I just have to lie about it through gritted teeth, but that's showbiz" said Cage.
The duo then set work on writing some new material and created 14 brand spanking new tracks, which she has been showcasing on Dirtee Stank TV channel on YouTube in her acoustic sessions. These sessions just showcase the brilliant vocal ability and cheeky personality of Pepper. We featured funky track Running Rings a few months back and listening to all new material this is a taste of what to expect. Check out the just as brilliant and funky Abandon Myself.
Since writing finish she has been on the road promoting her new sound, touring last year with Dizzee Rascal and currently on tour with British hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks. Next she'll be releasing her debut single and album that will be out later this year and we can't wait..! 


Watch out from Pepper hitting up your radio's very soon, she's gonna be big..!

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