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CYCM favourite Josephine is ready for headline shows

Submitted by on January 23, 2013 – 10:35 amNo Comment

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Josephine Oniyama, a favourite of FC United supporters after she graced the fans’ pre-match tertulia Course You Can Malcolm a couple of seasons back, is set to undertake her first headlining tour.

From City Life:

Feet up in her home town of Cheetham Hill, Josephine Oniyama couldn’t possibly be accused of letting the first rush of fame go to her head.

It’s been a long journey from first picking up a guitar while still in primary school to watching her debut album hit the shelves – Portrait, released last October to gushing reviews.

“I’ve been gigging for so long,” she concludes soberly, “it doesn’t feel like a huge difference from yesterday to me. Everything still feels the same. This is not overnight success like you get going on the X Factor, where one day you’re normal and literally the next day you’re famous.

“It’s so far away from that I can’t even describe how different this is.”

Of course, metaphorical today couldn’t be much more different to metaphorical yesterday. She’s already dealt with the disappointment of being dropped by a major label and then dusted herself down to produce an acclaimed album that has cemented her writing partnership with Leo Abrahams (whose songwriting and production credits include Florence + The Machine, Nick Cave and Brian Eno), earned her a stunning Jools Holland appearance, and yet another massive support slot – this time with Paloma Faith – ahead of her own headline tour in April.

What’s finally got her noticed is her extraordinary voice – one that swells with the same glorious passion as Mahalia Jackson’s vocals, and breaks with the tenderness of Joan Armatrading – and offers an utter timelessness to her album’s mix of modern pop and classic soul.

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She’s gorgeous, too – a fact arrestingly revealed by her album cover – and overflowing with humility. “I think there’s always things that can be improved,” she laughs when CityLife suggests she’s too critical. “Gigging has got to the point where I know I can do it, but I get nervous about messing the rest of the stuff up. TV, it makes me think, ‘Can I do this job in a professional capacity?’. On Jools, I was convinced I’d get something wrong.

“But I’ve been writing with Ed Harcourt and I’ve toured with Paolo Nutini, and the main thing is that this still feels very normal.

“Anyway, the last time I saw Paloma Faith she stole my Doritos,” she smiles, accidentally hammering home the point. “So I’ll be claiming that back in full when I see her.”

Josephine supports Paloma Faith at Apollo, Wednesday/Thursday, £22-£31. She headlines Band On The Wall, April 10, £9.

Link: http://www.citylife.co.uk/news_and_reviews/news/10021033_josephine_oniyama___our_laid_back_lady_of_soul

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