Raphaella is a 21 year old Pop/Soul artist of English/Persian heritage from London. Already she has shared line-ups with artists such as Rizzle Kicks, Bluey Robinson, Texas, Clement Marfo & The Frontline, Murray James and more. This talented musician has studied her craft her whole life and is not only a singer but a pianist and songwriter too.
I first met Raphaella at Pineapple Performing Arts School where, as teenagers we went to gain experience in singing, dancing and drama and straight away she stood out as a triple threat. More recently she has “completed a degree in Music with 1st class honours and won an award for the most outstanding BMus(Hons) student, studying at the The Institute (ICMP) Europe's finest school of modern music.” It’s fair to say she has come a long way since those days as her website describes her most recent achievements and I can’t help but feel hugely proud of all the amazing things she has done already… but with that voice it’s hardly surprising.
Raphaella is part of the Roundhouse Emerging Artist programme & was selected for the 30:30 EMI project giving her the platform to perform at many events such as the Music Week Awards, UEFA Champions League Final Celebration dinner & Access All Areas. At the moment Raphaella is writing and recording material with Hiten Bharadia (Phrased Differently), Ben Harrison (RocNation), Adam Argyle & Dee Adam (Peer Publishing), Ben Collier, George Nakas (Universal Publishing) and more.
Even with all this going on she was nice enough to take the time out to answer a few questions and describe her journey in her own words. So here is Raphaella in the hotseat. Enjoy.
How would you describe your music to an audience who had never heard you before?
An eclectic mix of hard hitting pop/soul/rock.
Thinking back to your childhood, who would you say your early musical influences are?
As a family we always had music playing in the house especially James Brown, Michael Jackson and Peggy Lee & my granddad also had the most amazing record collection, and would blast everything from old jazz records, to classical music to opera throughout the house... so from the very beginning I loved all the old records and a really diverse range of music.
What are your immediate musical career goals?
I’ve just signed a publishing deal to Phrased Differently, and am working towards my debut EP scheduled to be released around October.
Do you have any other interests or hidden talents?
I really love photography and fashion... there’s just something about the visual imagery that really grabs me, and has so often inspired me with concepts to write songs. I also really love literature and poetry and I’m a secret, or not so secret book worm! Haha! I’ve always loved English and love to curl up with a good book! I’m a sucker for old romantic novels- Wuthering Heights and Great Expectations… sometimes I wish I could just transport back in time and be a hopeless romantic!
Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label or sponsor?
I’ve just recently signed a Publishing deal to Phrased Differently. And I’m also a proud Ambassador for the international children’s charity ‘Global Angels’ helping impoverished communities and children all around the world.
How would you describe your music in three words?
Rollercoaster of emotion
Where can we get hold of your music?
My debut E.P is scheduled for release in October, but at the moment you can hear snippets of a few new songs on all of my sites! Or you can find live acoustic versions of some of my new songs on my Youtube page, and join my mailing list to receive up to date news on new songs.. ☺ !
www.youtube.com/raphaellamusic .// www.raphaellamusic.co.uk .// firstname.lastname@example.org
What advice would you give to other aspiring singer/songwriters?
Always be yourself and be proud of who you are ☺
Written by Anna
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