Pot Of Gold
Released On: Jan 06, 2009
Released By: Six Degrees Records
The dynamic duo of Alice and TM Juke have been touring together for the past two years with their hand-picked band, wowing audiences in the U.K., Europe, Australia, the U.S. and in other countries. Last year, when not busy turning heads with their dynamic stage performances, Alice and "her boys"—as she affectionately refers to her group—were busy in the studio, recording her brand new album, Pot of Gold.
"Ah, my dear friend Alex. I just love working with him," Alice says of her co-writer and producer for Pot of Gold. Both had lived in Suffolk when they were growing up and would occasionally see each other at parties, but since Alice is "the granny, just a little bit older" they didn't work professionally together until both were in Brighton, where the Tru Thoughts record label is located. Alice sang on several tracks for TM Juke's first album. "So that was the beginning of our lil' friendship and creative birth," she smiles. "Our working relationship is always evolving and ever-changing as things that are alive should always be moving and growing. It's like; we'll push each other into different places. And for writing music, that can sometimes be very good."
Pot of Gold was very much a collaborative effort between them. "Alex might have had a musical idea and I'd say, 'Hold on, let's have a go with it this other way instead' and we'd change things 'round. It's like holding up a mirror to each other, sometimes saying, 'Well, what if we did that?' or 'let's look at things a different way.' It just seems to work for us."
"Music is communication," says Alice. "Even though I grew up in the countryside in England, the music helps you to understand the issues that a song expresses—be it love, prejudice, not being able to pay your bills, happiness, sorrow, racial inequality, your aspirations, dancing, mourning ... life itself. Music is an expression of human life and we are all drawn to different types. I'm moved by all the world's many genres of music. But soul music is what resonates most strongly in my heart."
In addition to her prolific musical output, her live performances continue to flourish with the ability to captivate an audience and to hold their attention throughout, expertly tugging at the heartstrings. Pot of Gold was shaped on the road and now comes full circle as Alice and her band tour worldwide to support her new album.
Pot of Gold Video
3 Pot of Gold Release Parties
SF - 1/23 - Lotus and Rhythm present @ Ten15 10pm-4am w/DJs J-Boogie, Proof and Señor Oz | More Info
LA - 1/29 - Afrofunke' w/host DJ Jeremy Sole @ Zanzibar, Santa Monica | More Info
NY - 1/30 - Soul Searching @ Public Assembly - Brooklyn, 10pm-4am Free w/DJs Concerned and Reverend Soul | More Info
"The best young British soul siren around is Alice Russell...Russell's not just renting a room in Soulsville–she wants to own it." — XLR8R
"She's struck gold with this one." — URB
"She is the embodiment of blue eyed soul...Alice Russell may not yet be as well known as fellow British soul divas like Amy Winehouse or Joss Stone, but she's more than their equal." — National Public Radio (NPR)