B I O G R A P H Y
Hailing from West London, S E W U E S E is an artist with a voice that may cut.
As the quiet last-born of five kids in carnage, singing, writing and production became her ways to cut through the noise.
And there was a lot of noise.
Those trials inspired her to write ‘Gone Too Far (Nevermind)’ produced by Linden Jay (Born Dirty / LionBabe) which received airplay from Diplo & Friends, and across BBC Radio 1 / 1Xtra. Sewuese features on the debut single ‘Light Up’ from dynamic writer-producer trio Confessionals, who also appear on this summer’s Skrillex-approved OWLSA release ‘FREEEK’ by Alex Metric - Sewuese’s distinct vocals laying front and centre.
The artist Sewuese’s authentic brand of Indie-Soul infuses classic pop song-writing, regal rock overtones and heavy rhythms that are led by a crystalline vocal, skilfully combined to make you dance and cry: so much that RnB superstar Usher was moved to tears by Sewuese’s performance, observing how “she was living the song”.
Sewuese is becoming no stranger to the confidence of the Greats. Enlisted as Bryan Ferry’s principal tour vocalist, she has also worked with Ed Sheeran, ESKA, David Arnold (James Bond), Alex Da Kid (Imagine Dragons / Rihanna / Eminem) and Roxy Music to name a few. Her appearances on Jools Holland, David Letterman and at Kate Moss’ wedding are spurring her return to such stages with a new bold, arresting sound.
Meanwhile appearances on the Raindance Film Festival jury alongside Portishead’s Beth Gibbons and Julian Assange, and performances for ITV and BBC Worldwide billing with Tinie Tempah and Alison Moyet have seen Sewuese in steeply rising demand. Having to put aside plans to work with John Newman, Laura Mvula and Wolfe Alice, marks this season as Sewuese’s voice takes on a powerful life of its own.
Vocally Sewuese has signature personality; a colourful, rich body that reaches to shimmering heights. It’s emotive, soaring, raw. A relatable songwriter, she delivers sincerity with lyrical charisma. Sewuese embodies both a bold attitude and captivating vulnerability that are rarely found in a single artist-performer.
Influences include the inventive music of Paul Williams, David Bowie and a range of hip-hop and dance instrumentals. The artistry of Prince, Jeff Buckley and Mary J Blige have also helped shape Sewuese’s statement pallet. Early sound experiences led Sewuese to venture with the piano, later experimenting on guitar, then exploring sound and production. Amongst her more personal inspirations is a book signature from the late Dr Donda West, encouraging Sewuese to “sing your songs of love to the world”.
Ergo, Sewuese is crafting her new project with some exciting musicians (including Cortes drummer Marijus Aleksa) while performing her residency at celebrity haunt Annabel’s Mayfair where she has become a favourite. Preparing to unveil her work beyond private member - or any other walls - she insists, “my music is for everyone”. “Singing is my release so I really just hope to connect sincerely with people and inspire positive things from my life. It seems to be happening. And it feels good to be heard”.