I tried to put y’all on to home girl before and the audio joint was jacked up! SpRAGGGGG!!!! This time we are going to do it right. Get me? FANGGGGGG!

Bio(Courtesy of www.concertedefforts.com):

Light In The Attic Records immediately follows up its’ deluxe reissues of the first two Betty Davis classics with Keep Reachin’ Up, a passionate but suave mod soul collaboration between the lovely and talented Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators. From the cold far North dance underground, this scintillating vocalist and celebrated Finland funk collective have created a uniquely hot record of romantic grooves.

The Brooklyn-born Willis has worked with Curtis Mayfield, the Brand New Heavies, and done crucial work for Mo’ Wax, while the Finnish-bred Soul Investigators have crafted two previous full-lengths and a handful of 45s.

In the late 80’s Willis parted ways with both the Brand New Heavies and the UK, returning home to the United States and joining the band that would later become Deee-Lite. “We had a similar perspective with our music. I was the original third member in Deee-Lite.” After a few years of lending vocals to various groups, she became involved with the New York soul-hip-hop collective Repercussions. “The Mo’ Wax release was the first for us and the label… It seems as always with universal consciousness that people are reaching back into their history and picking out timely genres and musical movements.”

It doesn’t bother Willis that some people might consider her sound retro. “Certainly the music was a project of love but retro isn’t a swear word so it could be considered that as well… we are continuing in a tradition.”

Adored by the UK’s Northern Soul DJs and fans, Keep Reachin’ Up has conquered Europe with timeless tracks like “Downtown” and “Feeling Free” – the 2006 Worldwide Winner for Song of the Year according to world famous DJ Gilles Peterson. International momentum for the album has also been spurred by a BBC Top Ten Track of the Year listing for “If This Ain’t Love”, four star reviews for the Finnish release by MOJO & Record Collector, and a nod by Dusty Groove as an “instant classic”.

Some notable members of The Soul Investigators include: Producer Jukka Sarapää on drums; Didier “Baby Spector” Selin on tambourine, guitar & bass; Pete Toikkanen on guitar & bass; Antti Määtänen on organ & piano; Sami Kantelinen on bass. The record also includes contributions from celebrated composer and Matador Records-alum Jimi Tenor, and string arrangements by world renowned violinist Pekka Kuusisto.

A classic soul debut, Keep Reachin’ Up is an essential addition to any collection!!

2nd Bio(Courtesy of Wikipedia):

Nicole Willis is a soul singer. Although Willis was born in BrooklynNY December 26, 1963, she started out in London in the mid-80’s where she teamed up with members of Washington Week In Review. Prior to that she was a member of The Hello Strangers and Blue Period, based in New York. She then toured with The The. Nicole Willis was the lead vocalist of the new soul group Repercussions. Singles and albums were released on Mo’ Wax, Warner Brothers USA, Pony Canyon Japan and together with the legendary Curtis Mayfield, the band recorded a version of Mayfield’s “Let’s Do It Again”. She has also collaborated with Leftfield singing the vocal contribution for Swords on the Rhythm and Stealth LP. In 1999 she moved to Europe. She is married to Jimi Tenor, who has often been a producer of her music and collaborator. On Sahko/Puu Recordings she released her first solo albums Soul Makeover and Be It. In 2005 she began collaborating with the Soul Investigators and released “Keep Reachin’ Up” on Helsinki’s Timmion Records. The album has been since released in the UK on Above The Clouds Records, France on Differ-ant, USA on Light In The Attic Records. Their song Feeling Free was chosen 2006 Worldwide Winner on the Gilles Peterson‘s BBC show.

– Check out her website – NicoleWillis.com

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