Thanks so much to everyone who came down to my album launch at The 606 Club. Here are a few photos of the evening, with huge thanks to Andy Teo for the fantastic shots!
My debut album is coming out tomorrow!. I couldn’t be happier. I don’t think I ever imagined that I would release an album of original songs. In no small part it has resulted from the encouragement and support of all you out there that have taken the time to listen to my songs. I thank you all. And of course the album would not exist without Joe Davison from Auburn Jam Music. I hope you like the album cover which is from Andy Teo (another medic with a creative sideline) at Photocillin Photography. I thought it captured the spirit of the title and Running Wild which seems to be the song many people like best. The album is available for download via iTunes and other major online retailers from May 6th 2014, and physical copies are available to pre-order now via ‘Buy’ page.
Below is the official press release, which you can also download:Nazneen Can’t Clip My Wings Album Press Release (Web).
Auburn Jam Records is pleased to announce the release of cross-over jazz singer-songwriter Nazneen’s debut album, Can’t Clip My Wings, on 6th May 2014. The album features eight self-penned tracks as well as covers of songs by Kate Bush, Kaiser Chiefs and Sade.
Last month, Nazneen (aka Professor Nazneen Rahman) was named the number three ‘Game Changer’ in the BBC Woman’s Hour Power List 2014 for her outstanding work identifying genes that cause cancer at the Institute of Cancer Research, London and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Internationally recognised for her scientific research, Nazneen travels all over the world and regularly features in the media: in 2012 her team was featured on BBC’s Horizon and Nazneen was a speaker at WIRED 2013 Conference. It is only very recently, however, that Nazneen has started making a name for herself as a cross-over jazz singer-songwriter.
Nazneen began singing and recording her favourite jazz standards and jazz covers of pop songs as a release from her hectic work schedule a few years ago. After uploading these to Soundcloud in 2012, Nazneen found herself with a following of over a thousand music lovers within a couple of months, filling her tracks with positive comments. Encouraged, she began recording her own original songs with producer Joe Davison of Auburn Jam Music, sharing her works-in-progress with the Soundcloud community along the way. To date, Nazneen has had over 30,000 plays of her songs from fans all over the world.
Nazneen says of her music:
“In 2011 I started singing intimate stories about life’s complexities. I didn’t set out to write such songs, but those are the ones I have written. I didn’t write them in the anticipation that anyone would listen to them, but I have been touched and delighted that people do listen. The great jazz singers are a constant inspiration as are creative, individual, fearless artists like Kate Bush, Amy Winehouse and Björk. The words are the heart of my songs but the music is equally vital; every scorching piano chord, poignant cello, slinky bass and lush harmony is integral to the whole”.
Two of Nazneen’s songs, ‘Lost Cause’ and ‘The Time Travelling Wife’ reached the finals of the UK Songwriting Contest 2013, judged by Grammy, BRIT, Emmy & CMA award-winning producers Kipper Eldridge (Sting), Stuart Epps (Elton John, Robbie Williams, Oasis), Simon Ellis (Britney Spears, Spice Girls) and Dr Richard Niles (Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Mariah Carey). Last month, she supported West-End performer and singer-songwriter Nadim Naaman at the Pizza Express Live venue in Chelsea, where she and her three-piece band received warm praise from reviewers and audience alike:
“Crossover singer-songwriter Nazneen charmed as the gig’s supporting act with her intimate vocals, and gentle vibrato… endearingly melancholic original songs” – Christopher Wiley, Musical Theatre Review.
Can’t Clip My Wings will be available for download via iTunes and other major online retailers from May 6th 2014, and physical copies are available to pre-order now from nazneenmusic.auburnjam.co.uk.
For more information on Nazneen’s music, to request digital or a physical copies of the album for review, photos or to set up an interview, please contact Nikki Davison at Auburn Jam Records: 0845 508 2218 | firstname.lastname@example.org
I had a wonderful time performing at the gorgeous Pheasantry jazz club on Kings Road, London. I was supporting Nadim Naaman, a West End musical theatre star who recently released an album of original songs We all want the same. He was joined by several seriously talented colleagues such as Will Barrett and Siubhan Harrison, all of whom made me feel really welcome. It was good I was performing first otherwise I might have been overly daunted!
It’s the first time I’ve played to a silent audience (compelled to listen by house policy!). It was lovely. I actually don’t mind if people are chatting whilst I’m singing in the background; to be honest I used to find the attention of people looking at me singing a bit unnerving. And it’s always a bit difficult to access music one is hearing for the first time, but people were really appreciative and several people came up and said how much they liked the songs. My band: Joe Davison on keys, Dave Holden on bass and Stuart Mann on drums were all so fab and I love the way they have translated my harmonies into backing vocals.
It was a particularly special evening for me as Haroon, my son, came up on stage to play sax on ‘Love Affair with Life’ a song by Sade. It was the first time we have ever played together and was one of those heart-warming, tear-choking, life-affirming moments that stay long in the memory.
Also had my first review, which is below. I like the description of my songs as ‘endearingly melancholic’
Crossover singer-songwriter Nazneen, by day a professor at the Royal Marsden Hospital and internationally recognised scientist, charmed as the gig’s supporting act with her intimate vocals and gentle vibrato. Accompanied by Davison and Holden plus Stuart Mann on drums, her endearingly melancholic original songs were complemented by covers of numbers by Kate Bush and Sade, which represented a welcome change of pace in her set. Appropriately enough, given that the event fell on Mother’s Day, Nazneen was joined onstage by her son Haroon Taylor on saxophone for her final number, ‘Running Wild’.
Christopher Wiley, Musical Theatre Review
Flipboard is my favourite app discovery of 2013. To be honest, I’ve spent more time on Candy Crush but can’t claim that has been a greatly enriching experience!. Flipboard, however, has been both useful and enjoyable. Basically it allows me to access and collect information from across the web and store it in a visually appealing magazine format, incredibly quickly and easily. I ‘subscribe’ to several online streams and magazines made by other flipboard users. I’ve also ‘created’ a number of private and public magazines (created – simply means I ‘flip’ online articles and links under a specific title – it takes a few minutes to ‘create’ a magazine).
I first started using Flipboard to store information about my upcoming album ‘Can’t Clip My Wings’ that I needed to be accessible to other people involved. I then started storing posts about medical and genetic advances that I wanted to be able to look at again. This magazine ‘Modern Medicine’ has proved quite popular with other Flipboard users with >1400 people now subscribing to it. This has made me feel a little more inclined to keep it uptodate, which I suppose is no bad thing! My third public magazine, ‘Inspiring Women’ is my own favourite. The tagline is ‘Women that inspire for anyone in need of inspiration’ and in it I collect posts about remarkable women from any walk of life who are making things happen. You can look any of these magazines here.
Then, rather amazingly, amongst the 5 million user magazines Flipboard chose my ‘Modern Medicine’ magazine as one of the 75 magazines they loved most and did an article about me, which you can read here.
The other Flipboard MagsWeLove2013 are here.
As you can tell, I’m Flipboard fan, and recommend it to you all as a fun, useful, beautiful way of reading online.
I had the privilege of speaking at the WIRED 2013 conference at Tobacco Dock in London today. This is a two-day event celebrating the ‘ideas, innovations and people reshaping our world’. A range of diverse speakers each speak for 15 minutes. It was very different from the usual scientific conferences I speak at!. I found it refreshing and inspiring to hear people from such diverse areas and to have to ‘perform’ outside my normal comfort zone. I was talking about the huge potential of information in our genes to help in cancer treatment and prevention. I hope I was able to communicate the scale of progress and potential as well as the enormity of the task of making sense of the 3 billion letters in the DNA code held in our cells. If you would like to hear it, my talk is available on YouTube here.
My four-track EP “My Funny Valentine” was released today by Auburn Jam Records, and is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3 and all other major online platforms.
The EP features cover versions of three of my favourite Jazz standards – My Funny Valentine, How Insensitive and Round Midnight – each performed in her own unique style. The fourth track is an original song of mine – The Time Travelling Wife – which recently reached the finals of the UK Songwriting Contest in the Jazz & Blues category.
The EP was recorded & produced by Joe Davison at Auburn Jam Music, with whom I have been collaborating for a few years. We are currently working together on a full-length album of original songs to be released in 2014.
On a whim, and because it is so easy – just need to send a link to your soundcloud page – I entered some songs to the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest. I was so happy, and surprised, that my songs Lost Cause and The Time Travelling Wife reached the finals. I encourage you to check out the artists that won, certainly some future stars amongst them.
My finalist songs can be heard on the player below. Both will be on my forthcoming album Hidden in Plain Sight. The Time Travelling Wife, which is my homage to the great jazz torch songs, is also featured on my Jazz EP, My Funny Valentine.
Any songwriters reading this – enter some songs next year. What’s the worst that can happen?
I was interviewed this week by website Double X Science, an online science magazine for women, about my work in cancer genetics and my “coming out” as a singer-songwriter.
You can read the interview here.
One of my original songs, Running Wild, was chosen as the featured special track on episode 57 of The Jackass Penguin Show podcast this week, which can be heard via the player below.
The podcast brings together a half-hour selection of music by jazz and jazz-fusion independent artists each week, and previous episodes of the podcast can be listen to here.