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New To You Mim Grey

huge moose and smashed into a bear instead—I just read that in today’s news. UK singer-songwriter Mim Grey has had her fair share of the blues and paying her dues. She was suspended from school as a rebellious young teenager with a dubious haircut, when she shaved her head. She left home at barely 15 years-old when her parents’ marriage imploded. Her long-time partner died of cancer. She got hooked on drugs and booze and ended up in a volatile relationship, her life spiralling downwards. She turned down a major record deal as a youngster; in hindsight, perhaps a mistake. She ended up singing at weddings to pay the bills. However, her luck changed when she was spotted in a


London club, and was whisked off to Los Angeles to record with top end producers and musicians. That was for her acclaimed 2010 debut album GREY MATTERS, which attracted attention in all the right places. Recently introduced as Sir Tom Jones’ favourite singer,

appearing on stage every night on tour with him, Miriam Grey better known as Mim, has just released her latest album CHASING TIGERS—a classy offering, with the promise to further establish her as a credible and talented artist. She’s got that Shania Twain twang and timbre to her voice,

occasionally strolling into Faith Hill and Sheryl Crow territory too. Her material is as good as anything coming from the Nashville country-pop writing machine today. The title track is a gorgeous ballad that any writer or artist in Music City would be proud of. The infectious Lazy Daisy has Rickie Lee Jones qualities. Recorded at Pinewood Studios in Bucks near her home, Mim

uses her work to express herself in ways she says she finds impossible to do in her personal life. In fact, she even dumped a boyfriend in a song on her last album. Mim has performed with many music luminaries, including Sir

Paul McCartney. She was spotted singing at a gig by his friend, who passed on her contact details. Paul’s PA called out of the blue to personally invite Mim to sing at Paul’s private family party. He got up and sang with her, getting a second invite a while later to play again for Paul and his family and friends. Mim was a backing singer for gigs with Dave Stewart, Brian

26 Maverick

here is a famous blues song by Albert King with the lyrics: ‘If I didn’t have bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.’ I bet the driver on a remote back road in Norway agrees with that sentiment! He swerved to avoid hitting a

May, Michael Ball, Vanessa Mae and many more. She’s toured with ABC as a backing singer, sang backing vocals on a Kylie Minogue album, and received a writing credit for one of the tracks on that same album. She’s recorded with Morcheeba too, and had a top ten single

with How Did You Know? as a singer with Mantronix. She was also on a big club hit with Lee Cabrera; her cover version of What a Difference A Day Makes spearheaded Thomas Cook‘s Christmas TV ad’ campaign. On her last solo tour she played to a 1,000 people. This

summer she’s played to around 100,000 people—opening for Sir Tom Jones and Roxette in arenas and huge open air venues. The Welsh legend invited her to meet with him backstage in his Hollywood style trailer, telling Mim she had an ‘incredible voice’ and loved her songs. Some accolade, from The Voice. Members of the Royal Family, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Tina Turner, Van Morrison and Bryan Adams have all had the pleasure of listening to Miriam Grey sing over the years. She feels this album is perhaps more autobiographical than

her debut, and like music from her heroes Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, Mim hopes the songs will be uplifting for people. So, how different is CHASING TIGERS to her debut GREY MATTERS? “Well, I produced this one myself and it turned out how I

wanted it. I love the first album and the songs on it, but it got put through the LA machine and came out sounding nice. All the gaps were filled in with niceness and it was very smooth. The first one was perhaps over-produced and with this one, we left more space for the songs to stand on their own two feet. Some people will prefer CHASING TIGERS, because they may possibly think it is raw and a bit more honest.” “I spent far longer on each song on this album, and I demoed

all but two of the songs before recording them with the band. With the first CD, I was whisked off to LA and spent little time on the songs before recording them. There is more of an investment and connection to the songs this time.” Mim has funded the album herself, with distribution via

Right Track Records. She plans to tour the UK this autumn and is already working on songs for her third album. If Mim Grey lived and worked in Nashville, with her voice, writing talent and stunning looks, she’d probably eventually be having ‘number one parties’ on a regular basis. Mim is a British talent with sparkle and deserves equal measures in support and good luck. Simon Redley

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