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Running free with Kym Mazelle

SOUL SINGER: Kym Mazelle (PA)

KYM MAZELLE is everything I imagined her to be – strong, bold and beautiful. The moment I met her I knew she was a powerful force and why wouldn’t she be? She is of course one of the best-known Disco divas of the late 80s and 90s and the first female pioneer of House music.

The Indiana songstress who now resides in the UK is recognised as one of the best exponent of Dance/Pop music in Europe, thanks to hit singles like Wait (with Dr. Robert), Missing You (with Soul II Soul), No More Tears and Gimme All Your Lovin, which she sang with fellow diva Jocelyn Brown. Not forgetting her amazing cover of Young Hearts Run Free (Romeo & Juliet Soundtrack).

If you have never heard this earth angel belt out to the heavens then make sure you secure your ticket for her exclusive set at the Viva La Diva Festival at Boisdales, Canary Wharf on September 28.

In this modern day of pop music, very rarely will you come across a singer with such grounding and soul. Intrigued to know who the woman is behind the mic, the dynamic 53-year-old famed for her powerful R&B vocals, coupled with her energetic style and great stage personality told The Voice: “The woman who holds the mic is a person with a big heart, a mother to an amazing daughter, a friend to a lot of people and a lady of soul who loves to present something good to her audience.

“I like to educate my listeners and remind them of music that they may have forgotten about and make the people dance and have a good time.”

Reflecting on her musical roots, she said: “I am very proud about my journey as a singer. When I started out singer House I never thought how it would evolve to where it is today as Dance music, which now runs the world and has opened the gates to people like Will.I.Am and Rihanna.

WATCH: Mazelle's version of Young Hearts Run Free

“I hold my legacy in great esteem and I am eternally grateful to my ever growing fans.”

Sourcing her inspiration from elements of mother earth such as the ocean and being around young people, which she says “renews her energy”, Mazelle said: “I never stop dreaming or believing. Life is a beautiful journey to explore guided by the wisdom passed down by my family.

“I have never wanted to be disconnected from my source – The Most High or as being my parents’ baby. My mother was a barber and my father was politician and a steel worker. He was also a pioneer because he helped put the first black mayor into American office because he had a vision following Martin Luther King’s vision, ‘I have a Dream’.

“I come from a line of pioneers, people who work hard and have a big heart for their community. So many artists disconnect and disown where they come from in order to pursue a career of super stardom, but I have never wanted to forfeit or sacrifice my identity.”

Advocating the motto: “Stand for something or fall for nothing, Mazelle revealed that the first record she ever bought was Big Boy – the first single released by The Jackson 5.
“I grew up on the same road as The Jackson 5,” she explained. “At the time I didn’t realise who Michael Jackson was other than some five year old kid, who was always singing, who had made a record with his brothers, which sounded incredible and in return, inspired and motivated me as a singer.”

BELIEVER: Kym Mazelle in 2003 (PA)

Laughing, Mazelle whose distinctive voice is heard in countless TV commercials added: “Hindsight is a wonderful thing because it reveals the blessings you may not have recognised in the beginning.”

Mazelle’s success as a singer has allowed her to travel the globe, grace the stage with world class artists and producers such as Mick Jagger, Chaka Khan, Van Morrison, R. Kelly and Grace Jones and meet world dignitaries such as Princess Diana.

However, despite all the glitz and glamour of the music world, Mazelle has always stayed grounded and true to her faith. “Having God as my music manager means everything because I know I am protected. The music business can be bleak but whenever I am feeling low or need to be anchored I always plays Rickie Lee Jones’ Night Train because it reminds me that God is out there and I am never alone. The lyrics bring forth such inner peace.”

Confessing her only diva demand is to have things in order with good energy and love and not to have too much smoke around her to protect her vocals, Mazelle is planning her next music adventure focusing on live music with her Urban Blues Band.

“Watch this space,” she added. “There is still a lot more soul in me and I cannot wait to sing. Singing is my life and my gift from God to you my fans!”

Viva La Diva Festival at Boisdales, Canary Wharf on September 28.

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