“My life so far has been a pretty intense rollercoaster, I’ve definitely had my fair share of heartache and loss which was the inspiration behind most of my songs from my first two albums. I wouldn’t go back to being in my twenties for all the tea in China!” says UK singer/songwriter Scarlette Fever as she readies to release her third album having taken break from sharing new music for some time. Most of the album was written in Nashville and it comes from a very different personal position for Scarlette, as her thirties have brought with them her wife Ezel and “as a result, so much love and joy” .
Hailing from Hertfordshire, Scarlette’s extensive career has already gained her acclaimed support within the UK media (including twice being BBC Radio 2 play liste ) and she has graced the stages of venues including the Royal Albert Hall, The Isle of Wight Festival and the iconic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. The two-time Billboard Chart-topping artist grew up infatuated by headstrong women in music, the likes of Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield, explaining that “Even though they’re from different genres, they all have one thing in common… their music is raw and comes straight from the heart. That’s exactly what you get from me.“
And this is abundantly evident on the two singles this year taken from the upcoming album, with the country and rootsy influences she draws on definitely coming through strongly in her new music. The uptempo “Gone Is Good” sees her looking forwards to the future, moving on both literally as she packs up her belongings and also leaving a spent relationship behind. Its driving beat and her gutsy vocal delivery help portray determination and optimism…”the best place to be is down the road …the bottom of a whiskey glass won’t right this wrong“. Hints of gospel in this one too. I love it!
Equally impressive is Scarlette’s latest single “Where I Belong“, which in contrast to the previous track is an absolutely stunning ballad about her new life, one filled with adoration for her wife Ezel who is the muse behind this song. Heartfelt vocals soar effortlessly as she sings about being unshackled from her past heartbreak. “As long as each day’s end brings me home to you then I’m where I belong“…”Let’s build our home right here on this solid ground where dreams can learn to fly again ” are just a couple of examples of the song’s beautiful lyrics which truly encapsulate the strong connection between two people. As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of a string section, and the cello and violin which are introduced in the arrangement as the song progresses are perfect. Scarlette is joined on the track by J.R. Richards of platinum-selling rock-band DISHWALLAI who has also produced this project, his career spans over 25 years and I love how his vocals add warmth and depth.