LONDON St Mary's Music Hall
St Mary's Church, Church End, Walthamstow
A powerhouse vocalist and songwriter, Deva Mahal’s brand of soul music embraces her blues roots, with an infusion of gospel- tinged vocals and R&B sensibility. The daughter of legendary musician Taj Mahal, her debut album Run Deep was released earlier this year.
Deva was born with the blues in her blood. Becoming the genre-defying artist, powerhouse vocalist and astute songwriter that she is today could only be achieved through living a life rich with pain, joy, loss, love, heartache and experience. A soul as singular as Deva’s can only find voice through an equally unique sound, which she’s forged by growing her blues roots through the fertile soil of modern R&B, indie-pop, soul, rock and gospel.
Daughter of legendary blues musician Taj Mahal, with whom she wrote the song 'Never Let You Go' on his Grammy Award nominated album Maestro, Deva’s particular brand of soul embraces her blues roots, with an infusion of gospel-tinged vocals, funk rhythms, jazz-like arrangements, and an R&B sensibility. Her undeniable vocal talent never ceases to blow audiences away, and her star continues to rise with her debut album, Run Deep, released to great acclaim earlier this year through Motéma.
Album title Run Deep captures not only her estimable musical bloodline but the finely-hewn emotions that course through her songs. Deva plumbs her own emotional depths to explore issues of overcoming adversity, battling one’s own demons and dealing with the pains of love and loss, alongside wry observations on contemporary romance. She breathes vivid life into those songs with a knockout voice that combines pulse-pounding soul with a decidedly modern edge.
Deva has performed at a number of renowned festivals including Sonar, Womad the Atlanta Jazz Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival.
Don't miss this opportunity to see her perform in the atmospheric surroundings of a 12th century church, one of London’s hidden cultural gems.
"Deva Mahal sings with a breadth and intensity that stirs the soul. On her debut LP, she offers songs touched by subtle reggae rhythms and classically fresh R&B" (★★★★ Bust)
"Run Deep filters Lauryn Hill vibes into an Amy Winehouse earworm... Snakes [is] a tremendous call-and-response blues romper" (The Observer/The Guardian)
Daughter of Taj Mahal, Deva is a superb vocalist with some powerful songs on her debut album "Run Deep". As you would expect she is a superb performer.