In The Spotlight

Raelle – “Close To You”

Growing up in South-East London in a musical family, this British singer, songwriter and pianist was surrounded by classic Motown soul. Although having trained as a classical singer, she’s captivated by the intrinsic expression and emotiveness of jazz and soul. Touched by the music of Roy Ayers, Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse, she has conceived a sound rich with poetic lyricism and emotional melodies.

Finding the perfect balance between lush jazz and steamy soul, her debut single is a honey-sweet sliver of sonic heaven. The smooth keys, soft percussion and succulent sax solo are mere ingredients in her love potion, but it’s her enchanting, velveteen vocals that make this aural elixir irresistible. Lyrically exploring the renewing power of love, you want to keep this silken ballad close to you.

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