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TAMZENE is a young 19 year old singer-songwriter from the coastal town of Cromarty in the Scottish Highlands; a highly talented multi-instrumentalist, she started learning piano and violin when she was eight years old, encouraged by her saxophonist stepfather and salsa teaching mother. Aged 14 she further extended her musical dexterity by quickly picking up guitar and embarked on writing her own material. Her early influences came from hearing the Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin and Eva Cassidy songs played around the home- and quickly progressed to immersing herself in the sound of artists including Nina Simone, Birdy and Alicia Keys.

A scholarship took TAMZENE to the world famous Gordonstoun School where teachers played a critical role in nurturing her interest in music. The need to raise money for a school project to build water tanks in Thailand started her busking career on the streets of the Highland capital, Inverness. Her mother optimistically gave her a guitar case for the coins and she was adopted by a friendly Big Issue seller who kept a protective eye on her.

Having spent the last year building her live profile across a host of venues and festivals, she is currently a full time student at Leeds College of Music. After a long period writing songs on her own, she has recently started collaborating with one of Scotland’s leading songwriters and producers, Joe McAlinden, at his studio in rural Argyll- a creative relationship which is seeing the young artist develop a bolder, more coherent musical identity. Her tender, soulful debut offering, ‘Lullaby’, was written and recorded with McAlinden and mixed by Grammy Award winner David Donaldson.

 

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