KJAZZ Radio UK is pleased to welcome the first British Sussex based recording artist to its ‘Family of Musicians’.
Zee Gachette is an international singer-songwriter and musician, born and based in Sussex UK . This extraordinary musician sings from the soul with powerful lyrics. The video for her song ‘Tension’ draws you into the world of Zee Gachette (see below) and when we auditioned her material it was a must have for the show. Not strictly ‘Smooth Jazz’ hence why we have the “…and more!” KJAZZ Radio UK tag line. Zee Gachette is one to watch and KJAZZ Radio UK feels Z-STAR is destined to become a household name.
Zee Gachette (aka Z-STAR) made a a three track demo when she was 19. She played this material to her uncle Steve Nichol. On listening to the tracks he encouraged her to sing and was very re-assuring. After that it took Zee Gachette some years to find her true voice. She travelled through a few spheres; from Jazzrock with her first band “Assisi” to “Moko Jumbi” which gave Zee Gachette her first taste with a major label, A&M Records, in the mid-nineties. After the label’s demise mid-way through her first single, Zee Gachette went solo.
A musicians’ artist admired by many musical heavyweights including Jimmy Page, Nigel Kennedy, Roger Daltrey & Quincy Jones.
“A force of nature” – JIMMY PAGE
“The lovechild of Jimi Hendrix & Nina Simone” – IL CORRIERE DELLLA SERA
Musically described as a female Hendrix meets Grace Jones and Nina Simone via Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. She delivers a punch with her unique Soul Blues Rock sound. As a recording artist Z-STAR has sold over 2.5 million in combined compilation sales worldwide, with a music career that has produced five albums – three Zee Gachette and two SLOWTRAINSOUL. Her records have been released by various international labels including Virgin, EMI, Sony, Wagram, Universal, Playground, Quango and Tommy Boy with many songs featured in European Films, Commercials, TV series and Fashion Shows (Ugly Betty, CSI, Six Feet Under, Californication, Brothers & Sisters, Velvet Mag, Cell C, Vaio, Ya Juice, Armani, Diesel).
“She kicks everyone else’s ass on stage, there’s no doubt – the stage is hers” ROCKERILLA.
Awarded ‘Best Live Act 2010’ at the Brighton Music Awards where Zee Gachette delivered a performance which brought the audience, including Jimmy Page (Led Zepplin) and Roger Daltrey (The Who), to their feet. Z-STAR has a myth-like reputation that quietly spans the globe. After an explosive performance at London’s Jazz Cafe’, journalist J.L.Walters wrote “Range, power and style, one to watch out for!’ EVENING STANDARD.
Zee Gachette has performed on global stages to audiences of up to 250,000, including the Royal Albert Hall, Radio City Hall, Jazz Café, Ronnie Scotts, MTV Live, Arezzowave, Roskilde, Villa Ada, Glastonbury, WOMAD, Bestival, Polish Woodstock and had inspiring collaborations (writing/recording/performing) with; Nigel Kennedy, Keziah Jones, Spleen, Shlomo, Max Sedgely, George Benson, Meshell Ndegecello, Richie Havens, Sinead O’Connor, Gabin, Mathew Herbert, Natascha Atlas, Beverly Knight, Isabellia Rossellini, Sunlight Square etc. Zee Gachette live shows are quite simply unforgettable. You have to physically experience them to understand the infectious nature of her magical energy. She can be still as a slow burning candle or as explosive as a Molotov. A gifted vocalist, musician and bandleader, with a talent for creating deep dynamic soundtracks that mix Soul Jazz Bossa Blues Roots n Rock into one unmistakable sound.
Zee Gachette can be seen on tour in the UK, Europe, Russia and the USA. Check out her website for the latest information.
Here are some more comments on Zee Gachette
“A creative masterpiece – like a fine malt whisky this girl just gets better and better” – BLUES AND SOUL
“Truly one of the most fascinating & unique talents in the business” – BRIGHTON MUSIC AWARDS
“A young phenomenon to keep an eye on” – LA NAZIONE
“A star is born…the comparisons are wasted” – IL MANIFESTO
“Charismatic, genuine creativity!” – THE TIMES
“It’s a question of intensity, Z* has a voice that goes straight to the stomach.” – MARIE CLAIRE
“A true inspiration! Brings magic to the music” – NIGEL KENNEDY
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