FIONA ROSS is a musical all-rounder. She could play piano when she was just 6 and two years later she was on the West End stage (in ‘Annie’). By 14 Fiona was singing in London clubs (a fib here and there got her in) and she eventually ended up as Head of the British Academy of New Music where she tutored (amongst others) Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora and Jess Glynne! En route she worked as a session musician, choreographer, composer, dancer, actor and model… oh, and she released one album…. ‘A Twist Of Blue’.
Fiona’s now set to follow that one up with a new long player…. ‘Just Me (And Sometimes Someone Else)’ – a double album that features 20 self-penned tracks that cross all kinds of genres. There are tales of love and loss, plenty of introspection, thankfully upbeat moments too and lashings of musical creativity.
The soundscape is as varied as the themes. ‘Let Me Go’, for instance, channels a jazz flavour while ’27 Reasons’ offers first, indie pop and then Latin rhythms. Let’s explain that duality. The first CD in the set is Ms Ross sometimes solo and sometimes with a small band; the second CD sees her accompanied by a bigger band. So that aforementioned ’27 Reasons’ first time out is a small combo affair while on CD 2, it gets the full (Latin) band treatment. That’s the only song that comes in two versions by the way; for all the rest, you get just the one shot. Right now we’re loving the gentle but building ballad ‘Reach Me’ which showcases the purity of Fiona’s vocal.
Find out more@ www.fionaross.co.uk