Official Biography (courtesy of Shameem)
“Some performers need the audience to listen long and carefully before anyone gets that there is something good going on. With Shameem you'd have to be locked in a lead-lined room to miss this lady's sparkle. Her charisma and sheer energy on stage command attention and the listener is rewarded with a swinging, soulful sound – this is what jazz is all about.” – James Morrison, Australian jazz virtuoso
Shameem Taheri-Lee was born in Australia to a Chinese-Malaysian father and an Iranian mother. The diversity of her heritage has not only contributed to her exotic looks but has influenced her distinctive eclectic approach to music.
Her talent for jazz sees her regularly in demand at the finest of jazz clubs and sophisticated music venues. However, her passion lies in creating songs infused with soul and groove. Her unique fusion of 90s-esque R&B/ soul with 70s funk and a twist of jazz is imbued with expressive and conscious lyrics. Shameem’s music is Australia’s answer to Alicia Keys.
When Shameem sings she speaks directly to the hearts of her audience; her performance is enriched by a strong stage presence, bubbly nature and spiritual influences. Her voice is at once warm, soulful and expressive, and none can walk away without a tune replaying in their head. Shameem is passionate about uplifting and inspiring people to work for the betterment of the world through her music.
Recently returned from performances and a song writing collaboration with a Grammy-winning producer of major international pop and R&B artists in the UK, Shameem will release her debut album in late 2011. With tours planned across Australia and Asia over the coming months, this is one exciting artist to keep your eye on.
Shameem’s track “Undertones”, from her EP Universe for Afternoon Tea, was nominated for the 2010 WA Music Industry Association (WAM) Song of the Year Awards.
“Taheri-Lee’s songs had a deep, soulful resonance that captivated the audience, propelled by a strong rhythmic backing... The whole band worked in unison to create a rich tapestry of colour…” – FasterLouder