The Kazimier Presents: Alice Russell

Words: JOSH RAY
November 20, 2013

From a very young age it became apparent that Alice was destined for music. As the daughter of an organist, she was well versed in classical music early on in her life and began to develop her musical talent through a church choir as well as taking up the cello at the tender age of nine.


Alice Russell

Almost exactly seven years since her last outing in the city, ALICE RUSSELL is set to return to Liverpool. Handpicked by Mellowtone and NuNorthern Soul, the blue-eyed soul songstress will be launching The Kazimier’s newly founded and carefully curated event series.

From a very young age it became apparent that Alice was destined for music. As the daughter of an organist, she was well versed in classical music early on in her life and began to develop her musical talent through a church choir as well as taking up the cello at the tender age of nine.

However, it wasn’t until she first heard the vocal talents of Gospel artists like Minnie Ripperton, Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin that she began to refine her singing style towards the soulful sound she is now world famous for.

When she moved to Brighton in 1994 to study art and music Russell became acquainted with the sea-side town’s burgeoning soul scene and her vocal talent eventually caught the attention of the Tru Thoughts label. Alice quickly began making a name for herself by contributing to tracks from the likes of Quantic, Nostalgia 77 and Bah Samba.

By 2004 Tru Thoughts had amassed enough quality recordings from Russell to release the compilation ‘Under the Munka Moon‘ and in 2005 she released her first studio album ‘My Favourite Letters‘.

Since then she has gone on to become one of Tru Thought’s two best selling artists, alongside Quantic and last year ventured to his Colombian studio to record with the Combo Bárbaro, returning with ‘Look Around the Corner‘, arguably the finest record to come out of the label.

Alice will be returning to Liverpool on the back of her 3rd solo studio album ‘To Dust‘ – released earlier this year – and will be joined on the night by Nordic siren, Ragz Nordset. Originally from a tiny, forest surrounded town in the South-East of Norway, Ragnhild has made a name for herself in Liverpool with her emotive lyrics delivered through an ethereal singing voice and has seen herself perform in front of crowds at Liverpool’s Philharmonic, Manchester’s Lowry and London’s Borderline.

Further support on the night will come from local outfit, A Ray of Charles who will be providing an authentic homage to the late great maestro, whilst selectors Phat Phil CooperGavin Kendrick and Beaten Tracks will be on hand to keep the soul flowing between acts.


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