Saturday, 1 February 2014

Mutya Keisha Siobhan: Comprehensive Diary



I've decided as a big fan (I'd like to say the biggest) it would be beneficial in the future to compose a diary of Mutya Keisha Siobhan's activities, ranging from appearances, performances, photo shoots, song leaks/premieres and video uploads since their return to music in 2012. I will continue to update this blog post each time something official happens.

2012
Mutya Keisha Siobhan - Announcement - 20th July 2012
London Olympic Games- Appearance - 27th July 2012
V Festival - Appearance - 7th August 2012
Q AwardsAppearance - 22nd October 2012
Ponystep Magazine - Interview - 3rd December 2012
Ponystep Magazine - Photo Shoot  - 3rd December 2012
Thomas Sabo Private Jewelry Variety - Appearance - 5th December 2012
Ponystep New Years Eve Gig - Performance - 31st December 2012
  • Overload
  • Diamonds (Rihanna Cover)
  • New Year
  • Freak Like Me

2013
Boys Live Acapella Video - Performance - 7th January 2013
Lay Down In Swimming Pools - Song Premiere - 14th March 2013
Entertainment (Blood Orange Remix) - Song Premiere - 26th March 2013
Guvna B: "His Love (Feat. Keisha Buchanan)" - Song Premiere - 26th May 2013
Glamour Women of the Year Awards - Appearance - 4th June
Flatline (Snippet) - Song Premiere - 13th June 2013
Flatline - Song Premiere - 4th July 2013
Google+ Hangout - Interview - 4th July 2013
The Making of Flatline - Video Premiere - 10th July 2013
Promotional Photo Shoot (Jan Welters) - Photo Shoot - 18th July 2013
Flatline Lyric Video - Video Premiere - 18th July 2013
V Magazine - Photo Shoot - 25th July 2013
BBC TV News - Interview - 30th July 2013

Scala Gig - Performance - 1st August 2013
  • Overload
  • Run For Cover
  • I'm Alright
  • Stronger
  • Love Me Hard
  • Boys
  • Today
  • No Regrets
  • Freak Like Me
  • Lay Down In Swimming Pools
  • Flatline/Push The Button
Brighton Pride - Performance - 2nd August 2013
  • Overload
  • Freak Like Me
  • Boys
  • Lay Down In Swimming Pools
  • Flatline
We Love Pop Take Over - Appearance - 2nd August 2013
  • DJ Set Session
  • Lay Down In Swimming Pools (Impromptu Performance)
Flatline Music Video - Video Premiere - 18th August 2013
Evening Standard Magazine - Interview - 23rd August 2013
Evening Standard Magazine - Photo Shoot - 23rd August 2013

Manchester Pride - Performance - 25th August 2013
  • Overload
  • Run For Cover
  • Stronger
  • Love Me Hard
  • Boys
  • Today
  • No Regrets
  • Freak Like Me
  • Lay Down In Swimming Pools
  • Flatline/Push The Button
Official Launch Party: DSTRKT - Appearance - 30th August 2013
The Observer Magazine - Interview - 1st September 2013
The Observer Magazine - Photo Shoot - 1st September 2013
Q Music Magazine - Interview - 3rd September 2013
Q Music Magazine - Photo Shoot - 3rd September 2013
Flatline Release Date - Single Release - 6th September 2013

SBTV Session - Performance - 6th September 2013
  • Flatline (Acoustic Version)
Flatline Music Video: Behind The Scenes - Video Premiere - 6th September 2013

Alan Carr's Chatty Man - Performance - 6th September 2013
  • Flatline
QX Magazine - Interview - 11th September 2013

MTV Staying Alive Event - Performance - 12th September 2013
  • Overload
  • Today
  • Lay Down In Swimming Pools
  • Flatline
PPQ: London Fashion Week - Appearance - 13th September 2013
Paul Smith: London Fashion Week - Appearance - 13th September 2013
Sister by Sibling: London Fashion Week - Appearance - 14th September 2013

G.A.Y - Performance - 14th September 2013
  • Overload
  • Today
  • Diamonds (Rihanna Cover)
  • Freak Like Me
  • Flatline
Diesel Reboot Party: London Fashion Week - Performance - 17th September 2013
  • Overload
  • Today
  • Lay Down In Swimming Pools
  • Flatline
BBC Breakfast - Interview - 18th September 2013

This Morning - Interview - 20th September 2013
Sacred Three Tour Advertisement - Video Premiere - 25th September 2013

Reload Sessions - Performance - 8th October 2013
  • Caught In A Moment (Acoustic)
  • No Regrets (Acoustic)
  • Royals (Acoustic)(Lorde Cover)
Attitude Awards - Appearance - 15th October 2013 
  • DJ Set Session
MOBO Awards - Appearance - 19th October 2013

  • Presented "Best Song" Award (Winner: Naughty Boy)
Sunday Brunch - Performance - 27th October 2013
  • Flatline (Acoustic)
Shide Boss: "Bedroom (Feat. Mutya Buena)" - Song Premiere - 4th November 2013
The Disney Store Christmas Party (Mutya & Keisha) - Appearance - 6th November 2013

The Sacred Three Tour - Tour - 8th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th &15th November 2013
Norwich - Glasgow - Manchester - Bristol - Birmingham - London
  • Promises (Intro)
  • Overload
  • Run For Cover
  • Singing Game (Interlude)
  • Hole In The Head
  • Stronger
  • Boys
  • I'm Alright
  • Too Lost In You
  • Love Me Hard
  • No Regrets
  • Push The Button
  • Freak Like Me
  • Lay Down In Swimming Pools
  • Today
  • Flatline
Regent Street Christmas Lights - Performance - 9th November 2013
  • Too Lost In You
  • Flatline
Attitude Magazine - Interview - 13th November 2013


#CreateChristmas Launch - Performance - 21st November 2013
  • Too Lost In You
  • Flatline
The George, Gig (Ireland) - Performance - 28th November 2013
  • Overload
  • Freak Like Me
  • Too Lost In You
  • Today
  • Push The Button
  • Flatline
The Liquor Rooms Shoot (Ireland) - Photo Shoot - 29th November 2013
Xpose (Ireland) - Interview - 4th December 2013
TwoTube (Ireland) - Interview - 19th December 2013
NYE Dublin Promo (Ireland) - Video Premiere - 27th December 2013
LOVE Magazine Advent, Day 28: "New Year" - Video Premiere - 28th December 2013

NYE Dublin Concert - Performance - 31st December 2013
  • Overload
  • Freak Like Me
  • Too Lost In You
  • Today
  • Ugly
  • Flatline
  • Push The Button
2014
The View From The Shard's 1st Birthday - Performance - 4th February 2014

  • Flatline
  • Push The Button
NME Awards 2014 - Performance - 26th February 2014

  • Metronomy - Love Letters (Feat. Mutya Keisha Siobhan)
Numero Magazine - Interview - 5th March 2014
Numero Magazine - Photoshoot - 5th March 2014
Fake Reaction (Mutya) - Appearance - 6th March 2014
NME Magazine - Interview - 8th March 2014
NME Magazine - Photoshoot - 8th March 2014
The Johnny & Inel Show - Appearance - 8th March 2014







Friday, 4 October 2013

ALBUM REVIEW: Jessica Mauboy - Beautiful

Jessica Mauboy since her explosive catapult to the spotlight from being the ‘quiet Darwin girl’ has evolved to a global superstar, boasting an array of achievements recognised all over the world. Her recent success with comedy musical film The Sapphires has firmly cemented Jessica as Australia’s sweetheart. After a  whirlwind of success for the past three years, Jessica Mauboy is back with her brand new album Beautiful which serves as her 3rd studio album, following from her Gold-Certified album Get ‘Em Girls which featured the hits ‘Inescapable’, ‘Saturday Night (Feat. Ludacris)’ and ‘Galaxy (Feat. Stan Walker)’.

After her break from music, Jessica catapulted back onto the scene with first single ‘To The End Of The Earth’ which premiered during the NRL State of Origin Decider match in July and had an accompanying video that captured beautiful landscapes of the Northern Territory, Jessica’s homeland. The song itself however presented a new direction for Jessica, an energetic and emotive yet melodic sound, proving her malleability as an artist (which requires true talent). The song scored a Top 25 hit, peaking at Number 21 in the ARIA Charts giving Jessica another hit to her name. Some considered this as a lukewarm hit and not enough to lead into an album so the next single ‘Pop A Bottle (Fill Me Up)’ was revealed as the second and lead single through Jessica’s well utilised Instagram account.

After a number of teasers, ‘Pop A Bottle (Fill Me Up)’ was released on 27th September 2013. As a complete pop stomper of a song, it has won over many Australians, bringing Jessica back into leading the charts, peaking on iTunes at the top spot. ‘Pop A Bottle’ is a fun yet simple song that celebrates the love of celebrating life. Jessica since releasing the lead single has performed it on the X-Factor to a bemused crowd filled with cheer.

Beautiful showcases Jessica’s evolution as a prominent artist and one of very few successful female artists in Australia. Sonically, the album is a departure from her previous R&B route but still intricately features elements of her earlier sound throughout the album. Jessica is credited on the album as a co-producer and vocal producer, which shows her growth as an artist and her determination to have her mark on her work. Jessica herself has stated that she is a big fan of the 90’s sound and refers to dance acts like La Bouche, Corona & Real McCoy as an inspiration to the overall sound of this album. The 90’s throwback is an underlining element in every song on this modern album that makes this  feel sentimental but still evoking a very fresh sound.

As soon as the album starts with the title track ‘Beautiful’, you can hear an established singer welcoming listeners to the singer’s new journey and in this case, it’s Jessica introducing her new sound and musical direction. It is an up-tempo track that sustains a level of mellowness which makes the track an electric foot-tapper. This formula is also demonstrated in ‘I Believe’ which is on the first third of the album.

It wouldn’t be a Jessica Mauboy album without beautiful yet dramatic songs with a pumping beat. ‘Never Be The Same’ showcases as a mid-tempo track with a level of oomph in the chorus, taking the song to another level of meaning. A highlight of this kind of sound is on the track ‘Go (I Don’t Need You)’, which serves as the albums fiercest song. ‘Go (I Don’t Need You)’ is perhaps the most urban track on the album and in the song demands that she be left without the person who is trying to hold on to her.


‘In Love Again’ is the ballad of the album. The song and melody sparks from the 90’s ballad sound and you could almost hear a 90’s songstress on the track like Monica, Brandy or Mariah. This track is the beautiful song on the album that listeners would play if they were simply starting to fall in love again and Jessica makes it that much easier with her soothing voice and powerful adlibs on the track.

Fans of Jessica’s debut album will love tracks like ‘Honest’, ‘Kiss Me Hello’ and ‘Barriers’ which are reminiscent of her early days as a pop star but the difference being her established flair for song writing and vocals on the tracks. ‘Honest’ in particular stands out from these tracks as it has an ever-changing flow throughout the song accompanied by Jessica’s vocals which also change styles throughout the track.

The two pop highlights would definitely be ‘Heartbreak Party’ & the surprise collaboration with international star Pitbull on the song ‘Kick Up Your Heels’. ‘Heartbreak Party’ plays as the best pop song on the album, following from ‘Maze’ which was a fan favourite from her last album Get ‘Em Girls and unfortunately it doesn’t seem like it will be a single. The song is an up-tempo melodic song about having moved on from an ex boyfriend/girlfriend with them wanting to be back together. Essentially it is an amazing break-up pop song, telling the ex to simply ‘move on’.

The Pitbull featured song, ‘Kick Up Your Heels’ serves as the last song on the album and is a very incredible surprise. It definitely is the winner for the stand out song as it sounds completely different from everything on the album and in the charts. Pitbull delivers an iconic introduction which pays homage to Australia, himself and of course Jessica. It’s a throwback to the 60’s up-tempo swinging pop sound with an almost vaudevillian touch to it. If released as a single it will completely reshape what you ever expected from both of them.

As a whole, Jessica’s third album Beautiful is full of hits and a new sound, demonstrating her force and strength in the pop music industry. The album tracks alone are of such high quality which should ensure a very successful era for the beautiful Jessica Mauboy.

Beautiful is out in stores now and on iTunes.



Monday, 8 July 2013

Mutya Keisha Siobhan - Flatline



It has been almost a year since fans and public have heard the announcement that the iconic, original Sugababes were getting back together known as Mutya Keisha Siobhan. The knowledge of their return has blown up headlines letting the United Kingdom and the rest of the world know that these girls are back, with a promise to restore faith and perfection in Pop Music.

During the arduously long wait, we have been gifted with some treats that have tided us over until we heard their first single. All diverse and possibly showcasing their talent of creative diversity, an a capella of 'Boys', a feature on a remix of Phoenix's 'Entertainment' and the iconic interpolation of Kendrick Lemar's 'Swimming Pools', 'Lay Down in Swimming Pools' were 'released' on the net to show everyone what to expect from the legendary original Sugababes; each with many articles, posts and tweets of praise. The public were ready to have Mutya Keisha Siobhan in full force.

On July 4th at 2PM (BST), the girls unleashed their highly anticipated first single 'Flatline' to eager fans and a very excited public on their Soundcloud which has exploded everywhere online since. Multiple blogs, websites and artists have shared their admiration for their triumphant return with 'Flatline'.

Flatline is written by Mutya Keisha Siobhan and produced by the unique, cool Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) who has recently been praised for his work with Solange Knowles on her latest release 'True'. Flatline is a beautiful pop song that describes a relationship that is slowly but surely dying and the hope that their 'flatline' in love will be repaired by a 'wave'.

The production itself provides a slick, fresh sound and from its originality, does not sound like anything that's in the charts. You can hear the vibe of an 80's pop influence and a beat that creates the framework for an anthem and their vocals are incredibly immense.

Like an nod to their first single 'Overload' as Sugbabes back in 2000, Siobhan starts the song off, catapulting herself and the legendary girls back to the 'scene and in just a line of lyrics sung, reclaiming back the throne as the UK's best girl group of all time. In each of their own way, Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan lay down some serious vocals on this song which showcases their individual, unique voices that fans have been in love with for over a decade now.

Lyrically, the song is one of the best any incarnation of the Sugababes has ever been able to conjure, and shows that Mutya Keisha Siobhan are completely in control of their music and choose to bring a sound that represents themselves in this decade which has once again, will be completely different to anything we have heard from the girls in the past.

This week, the girls will be collaborating with the creative likes of KT Auleta in Los Angeles & New York to film the music video. Judging from the song and work of KT Auleta, this single is looking to be the biggest of 2013 and the biggest 'comeback' we have ever seen.

Flatline will definitely see a blast of Mutya Keisha Siobhan in all music markets and reaffirm their grip on blessing the world in releasing captivating, fresh and exciting music. Do yourself a favour and introduce yourself to the future of pop music and embrace Mutya Keisha Siobhan's first single, Flatline.



For more of the almighty Mutya Keisha Siobhan:

Website: http://www.mutyakeishasiobhan.com
Twitter: @MKSOfficial

Mutya Buena: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Keisha Buchanan: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Siobhan Donaghy: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Mutya Keisha Siobhan



The Sacred Three (L-R): Siobhan Donaghy, Mutya Buena & Keisha Buchanan

It’s been a while since I have written a blog post, or even looked at my blog for that matter. What made me decide to re-visit writing again was my first love of music; Mutya Keisha Siobhan. If you’re reading this from either my Facebook or Twitter – you would know that I at least talk about this trio every week about how incredible/talented/beautiful they are. Well I wanted to write down my personal thoughts about them, which will hopefully answer some ambiguity around why I like them so much.
Fresh Faced in 2000 as 'Sugababes'

I have been a fan of Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan since I was eight years old in 2000, a time when they were establishing their careers under the name of Sugababes to which these girls brought about critical/credible acclaim, international success and securing the legacy for forever being known as; the original Sugababes. Considering the lack of access to music and music videos thirteen years ago, I always was very aware of what music I liked listening to. Growing up with Reggae, 80’s Rock and R&B had it quite set that Pop was not naturally a choice of mine. However, these ladies (at the time – fresh faced girls in their early teens) changed my whole life (musically of course).

I am now twenty years old and still to this day; I still love this group – now under the name Mutya Keisha Siobhan. Over the years (with huge reference to the history of ‘Sugababes’), I have had three big, bad breakups with ‘Sugababes’ (or at least it felt like it) when each of the original members left or were no longer in the group. Siobhan left Sugababes when I was nine, in 2001. I did not have the means like I have today to learn everything as it happens so the effect was shocking in a very odd way.

It was by 2003, being 11 years of age that I had found my favourite member of the group, Mutya – who has gone on to be my favourite singer ever. I got two years of focusing on only her verses in songs; awaiting her responses in interviews and having my early teenage life revolve around her. She eventually left Sugababes in 2005. It was the beginning of the rise of Social Media and my involvement with online pop music forums, where I frequented reading the Official Sugababes Forum. Finding out that way and reading the management-written message ‘from Mutya’ absolutely devastated me. As a selfish, devoted fan I would write on my MySpace and Bebo about how upset I was, welling up every time I listened to ‘Ugly’ – her last single with the group.

The group continued with Keisha remaining as the sole surviving original member of the group. Looking back at it now, I am so glad this happened because I got to understand and respect Keisha in a way I never had before. She was holding the force behind the group and the only reason I still held on, paying attention. I began to realise that Keisha was an amazing songwriter, pouring her heart and soul into her lyrics, delivering them with incredible conviction. By September 2009, Keisha was no longer a member of the Sugababes and with her exit, my loyalties to the Sugababes.

This year, Mutya Keisha Siobhan are releasing their first single and album together in thirteen years! 

With their return, there shall be a filling of a void that plagued the pop music industry when credibility, creative control and excellence was considered 'second priority' - with the implosion of 'throwaway' electronic-dance hits. I could not be any more excited (or I’ll seriously burst!). I have grown up listening to the many variations of Sugababes; also, Siobhan and Mutya in their solo careers, identifying their individual styles and techniques in their vocals. I am going to write about the girls individually:

Mutya.
There’s too much to say and not enough time to even consider how to put into words about how much I adore Mutya. I have to say she is definitely the best singer I have ever heard and the only celebrity I have ever ‘idolised’. She has such a smooth, soulful voice to a point where I feel like melting. You would absolutely understand if you knew her voice! Her voice is one that major names in the United Kingdom are all aware of and want – Mutya’s debut solo album, correctly titled ‘Real Girl’ boasted collaborations with George Michael, Amy Winehouse and Groove Armada. It goes without saying her personality shines through everything she does (i.e. her Twitter page), keeping it real and never letting her talent and fame take over who she is; who she always has been. I admire that about a celebrity – identifying with them as a person. I am also beyond humbled that Mutya has also recognised my loyalty to her career and has taken the time to get to know who I am and even to consider me as an ‘amazing friend'.

Keisha.
I have so much respect for Keisha. She is definitely what I would call the ‘Ultimate Sugababe’. Keisha managed to persevere with two of her childhood friends leaving a group that they created together. Conscious of her arduous efforts throughout the years, I see her to be the business-savvy one, standing out with her distinctive and versatile voice. Like I mentioned before, her song writing skills and eagerness to have that creative control is just incredible – not many singers in groups usually want to have creative control, or are able to effectively deliver that ‘control’. She is the only one of the three who has not yet released any solo material, despite recording and writing since her being a solo artist.

Siobhan.
Siobhan could be characterised as a mythical creature – magical, mysterious and majestic. Her solo career knocked out all conceptions of what a ‘pop singer’ should sound like and really made it hard for me not to take notice of her. I will reference her 2007 opus, ‘Ghosts’ in saying this, which is an album that all of her fans will know and understand why it is cherished. ‘Halcyon Days’, one of the songs on the album is the sole reason for the name of my blog. The album has ‘that’ effect on me, it is truly so special. Not even the dreamy songstress Enya has been able to take me away to ‘that place’ far from reality (in its dreamy indescribable existence) like Siobhan has.


Being a massive fan of Mutya Keisha Siobhan has been like a rollercoaster. Anticipating on any news of their first single has become a daily (sometimes hourly) ritual for me, frequenting all the major pop music sites to find out if ANYTHING has been mentioned which at this point, nothing has been confirmed. Since finding out their reunion as a group in July 2012 (which was the worst-kept-secret), there’s been no indication of what their musical output will sound like, which is irritating and fine in its own way because I have complete faith that with each of these girls heavily committed to the group – will the music be incredible and yet another defining moment in Pop Music/History and my life.

I could almost prove my statement just before this by the reception of the song that Mutya Keisha Siobhan have recorded ‘for a bit of fun’ at the end of their recording sessions with Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange). It was uploaded by Dev Hynes himself on his SoundCloud account and has been garnering attention from every media outlet in the UK and many blogs/websites/forums on the internet. Like the talent that these girls individually and collectively muster, it cannot be read; but heard:





I would be stating the obvious in saying that my dream is to meet them, hear them sing live and have them tour Australia… right?! Well it’s my only dream that has always stayed the same.

I implore you to do a little searching yourself familiarising yourself with the girls, the almighty Mutya Keisha Siobhan:


Mutya Buena: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Keisha Buchanan: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Siobhan Donaghy: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Thank you if you have managed to read all of this and a big thank you to Mutya Keisha Siobhan for making a long-time wish come true.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

MUSIC REVIEW: The Sapphires

SAPPHIRES SOUNDTRACK: AN AUSSIE GEM

When holding The Sapphires: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack in my hands tonight I felt a surge of pure Motown energy, this being from all the bits and pieces of previews of this upcoming Australian movie which boasts an exquisite array of home-grown talent. The Soundtrack, completely delivers in the same fashion. 

The album has Australian pop sweetheart Jessica Mauboy leading 7 of the 16 tracks, which includes her new single 'Gotcha', which is just a taster of the classic, smooth sounds of 'The Sapphires'. If Miss Mauboy wasn't enough talent on one CD, try adding classic R&B legends Sam & Dave with the sassy trio, The Emotions with a twist of rock from Creedence Clearwater Revival completed with more wholesome Australian talent from Lou Bennett, Juanita Tippens, Jade Macrae and talent show 'The Voice''s favourite, Darren Pericival. If you're not impressed, you're on the wrong page!


As if counting into the album beginning the long awaited anticipation for the soundtrack, Mauboy opens up with 'Land of A Thousand Dances' (made famous by Wilson Pickett) shouting and singing '1-2-3!' in an echo of power bringing listeners into a retrograde era of the swingin' 60's.

Fans will be impressed with the invigorated and refreshed Mauboy, showcasing a new side to her diversely talented voice, especially on 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' which shows her inner diva, as if she were channeling the power of a Motown goddess. Whilst on a upbeat high, the soundtrack gives the ladies a forefront spotlight in 'What A Man', a anthem of cheer and the moves of bump and grind.

Classic favourite 'I Can't Help Myself' with the infectious chants of "Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch" will keep your feet moving or tapping which gives everyone the opportunity to sing to their loved ones in the melodies reminiscent of the 1960's, which was all about love. Subsequent tracks 'Who's Loving You' and 'I'll Take You There' continue the flow and essence to the subject of love. Jessica Mauboy should be commended however, that her versions contain talent, either matched or to surpassed of The Temptations, En Vogue and even The Jackson 5 - all of which made 'Who's Loving You' a crooning tune never to be forgotten.

Breaking up the trend of girl power in the first half of the album, the duo of smooth passion and soul, Sam & Dave provide the catchy, boppy tracks 'Soul Man' and 'Hold On! I'm Coming'. The two tracks definitely show listeners how many of the current artists with classical flair are inspired from legends such as Sam & Dave.

Adding to some man power, legendary rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival feature with their famous track 'Run Through The Jungle' which both sticks out yet blends in on the Soundtrack. This track lends the essence of rock of the 1960's and early 70's, which was also a dominant genre favourited all over the world.

The latter part of the Soundtrack brings the music back home, with the talent of Jessica Mauboy, Juanita Tibbens and Jade Macrae on the Country-Western harmonic ballad 'Today I Started I Loving You Again' which will bring the sense of being home to Australians brought up with this fusion of three beautiful voices on a Country-Western track.

Juanita Tippens shines on the track 'People Make The World A Better Place' which sounds of her soul poured out into the emotion of the song, which judging from The Sapphires trailer, will be Deborah Mailman's character Gail's signature song and moment on stage (in the film).

Diversity seems to be the soundtracks feature, as folk song 'Yellow Bird' is delivered by Lou Bennett and Jessica Mauboy. Such a beautiful, stripped down track, the two slow down the energy and focus on serenading listeners with their dual harmonies.

Representing the Yorta Yorta people, Mauboy, Tippens, Macrae and Bennett come together on 'Ngarra Burra Ferra' a traditional Yorta Yorta gospel song, which was Mauboy's first time singing in traditional language. This song's beauty makes you want to cry. Such a beautiful language with the harmonies to intensify the cultural beauty of the song and of Aboriginal culture. Such a highlight on the album. The last two tracks 'Shouting Out Love' and the smartly placed 'The Sweet Bye & Bye' by The Emotions and Darren Percival wrap the album up on a high with two 60's infused songs, yet different from each other.

I was particularly impressed with the Soundtrack as a whole as it had everything that the era could offer in music. Jessica Mauboy rose above the current stagnant pop trend and experimented with amazing classics and trademarked them with a refreshing taste. I am even more excited with the film and to be able to sing along (quietly of course) with the crowd at the premiere of the film August 2 in Melbourne.

The Sapphires: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is out now! The film will be released on Thursday 9th August at all major cinemas.

WATCH THE TRAILER:
The Sapphires: Trailer


LISTEN AND WATCH FROM THE SAPPHIRES SOUNDTRACK:
Jessica Mauboy - Gotcha

Jessica Mauboy - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
Jessica Mauboy - Who's Loving You

TRACKLIST
01. Land Of A Thousand Dances Jessica Mauboy
02. I Heard It Through The Grapevine Jessica Mauboy
03. What A Man
Jessica Mauboy
04. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) Jessica Mauboy
05. Who's Loving You Jessica Mauboy
06. I'll Take You There Jessica Mauboy
07. Gotcha Jessica Mauboy
08. Soul Man Sam & Dave
09. Hold On! I'm Comin' Sam & Dave
10. Run Through The Jungle Creedence Clearwater Revival
11. Today I Started Loving You Again Jessica Mauboy, Juanita Tippens & Jade Macrae
12. People Make The World A Better Place Juanita Tippens
13. Yellow Bird Jessica Mauboy & Lou Bennet
14. Ngarra Burra Ferra Jessica Mauboy, Lou Bennett, Juanita Tippens & Jade Macrae
15. Shouting Out Love The Emotions
16. In The Sweet Bye & Bye Darren Percival