23 April 2015
Lead Track: Worth The Gold
Chanel Samson’s ‘The Beginning’ EP is inspired by this Californian girl’s time in Liverpool, the men in her life, her friends, and one particular doomed relationship with Matthew. The track ‘F U Matthew’ documents the doomed love affair but it’s as cheerfully upbeat and irreverent as Chanel herself. Her lyrics are biting yet playful, and her delivery is tongue in cheek and knowing, allowing her to explore the darker aspects of relationships without ever losing that Californian sunshine smile.
‘The Beginning’ EP was recorded and produced by Felix Hagan, lead singer and songwriter of Felix Hagan and the Family. Chanel met Felix last year and was initially drawn to his black and white striped leggings and theatrical performance, knowing immediately they’d get along well. Together they are keen to establish Circus Rock as a solid genre. Chanel says “The sound Felix brought to the EP is exactly what I wanted with rock guitar and quirky instrumentation. I used my horn players at LIPA and he recorded everything else at his studio in Manchester.”
Tracks from ‘The Beginning’s are currently being played on radio stations across the UK, Europe and America as well as attracting positive reviews from a huge range of media outlets. Chanel also has a very large following across the north west of England as she brings some of her West Coast sparkle to Liverpool’s vibrant music scene. In the past year, the Chanel Samson Circus has performed at The Kazimier, East Village Arts Club, Parr St Studio 2, and Zanzibar to name just a few, showering her audience with glitter and showcasing burlesque, poetry, music, dance, juggling, magic, fire dancing, and acrobatics alongside her music.
Looking forward to taking her Circus to Beatherder Festival this year, Chanel says “I’m an entertainer through and through. When I perform I want to give people a real show! My target audience is anyone who’s ever felt left out or different. I give them a home, I give them acceptance and a group to belong to under my circus tent.”
Chanel Samson will be appearing at Liverpool’s first and only live streamed music festival 2ube Xtra on Thursday April 23rd.
“The Beginning is one of those rare EPs which makes you feel like you actually know the singer when you’re done listening to it. Every song is seriously good, and I would recommend it to anyone.”
“Lovely and quirky at the same time, very cool and clever… You look and sound as if you could become Queen of the mixing and shaking it up genre!”
“Dried Fruit is one of those rare tracks that as soon at it was finished I had to instantly skip it back and listen to it all over again. I’m lucky enough to be sent lots of songs to listen too and this one stuck out as a bit different, and pretty cool in fact.”
“Chanel Samson has a very distinctive voice sounding across between Kate Bush and Dorris Day. The songs cover the feeling of heartbreak and despair but do so in a irreverant and upbeat manner so as to come up with something positive.”
“Theatrical and fun their brief set is heavy on narrative, every song has a story behind it, and each follows on from the last.”
“Chanel Samson brings something to the music industry that’s gone missing in recent years….that’s complete originality and a beautiful eccentricity.”
“Irresistible doo-wop vocals, playful horns, and good-time piano…”
Chanel Samson – Songwriter, singer, ukulele and accordion
Live Backing band:
An animated music video for ‘F U Matthew’ by Liverpool artist, Ian Sheady will be available to accompany the EP’s release on April 23rd
All songs written by Chanel Samson
On all tracks: