Beautiful Soul

by Shameem

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“Beautiful Soul” is the first single from The Second City, the forthcoming sophomore album of Perth-based neo-soul artist Shameem.

Driven by Shameem’s expressive, soulful vocals, an unforgettable hook and a phat urban beat, “Beautiful Soul” draws together elements of R&B, soul and a slight tinge of jazz. Shameem’s sense of social consciousness has informed the lyrics, which draw attention to the way in which children are taught prejudice and indifference by adults.

Shameem, who considers herself a “musician” rather than a “singer”, not only wrote but also co-produced the track, contributing to the drum programming and keyboards as well as the instrumental and vocal arrangements.

lyrics

Every boy and every girl
Born with such a beautiful soul
Is taught ugliness in this world
Haven’t you heard?
Haven’t you heard?

Such an innocent creature
Born into this life
Carries no preconceptions, no wrongs
But we teach them to be cautious of the other
Not to just trust and love one another
It’s dangerous”, we say

Every boy and every girl
Born with such a beautiful soul
Is taught ugliness in this world
Haven’t you heard?
Every boy and every girl
Born with such a beautiful soul
Is taught ugliness in this world
Haven’t you heard?

Haven’t you heard?

And wherever you go now
Those little eyes are watching
Every evil you harbour, they’ll see
Please don’t behave as if you think only of yourself
Without considering the needs of anyone else
You know what is at play

[Chorus]

It’s so absurd
How we teach them to choose darkness over light
They heed our word
When we tell them they should fight
Instead of stand up for what is right

[Chorus x2]

Haven’t you heard?
Haven’t you heard?
Haven’t you heard?
Haven’t you heard?

credits

released June 28, 2014
Written by Shameem Taheri-Lee
Produced by Shameem Taheri-Lee and Rob Agostini
Drums programmed by Shameem Taheri-Lee and Rob Agostini
Shameem Taheri-Lee – lead vocals, backing vocals, additional keyboards
Domenic Barrett – electric guitars
Harry Mitchell – keyboard
Callum Morrison – bass

Recorded by Rob Agostini at Soundbaker Studios
Mixed by Rob Agostini at Soundbaker Studios
Mastered by Lee Buddle at Crank Recording

Photography by Red Bird Creative
Dress designed by Ayesha Parsons of Decisively Ambiguous
Make up by Gail Wilton
Hair by Sharryn Sinclair
Photo editing and graphic design by Angelyne Wolfe

Supported by the Department of Culture and the Arts Western Australia

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Shameem Perth, Australia

Shameem is an Aussie of Chinese-Malaysian and Iranian descent, whose unique fusion of 90s R&B, 70s soul and a subtle twist of jazz is imbued with personal stories and socially conscious lyrics.

Shameem keeps a busy performing schedule, having supported such artists as Michael Bolton, George Benson, Ronan Keating and Belinda Carlisle, and toured in Australia as well as the USA and Canada.
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