March 20, 2017 / 15:50

Tamzene is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from the coastal town of Cromarty in the Scottish Highlands. A highly talented multi-instrumentalist, she started learning piano and violin when she was eight, encouraged by her saxophonist stepfather and salsa-teaching mother. Her early influences came from hearing Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin and Eva Cassidy songs played around her home and quickly progressed to immersing herself in the sound of artists including Nina Simone, Birdy and Alicia Keys. A scholarship took Tamzene to the world famous Gordonstoun School, where teachers played a critical role in nurturing her interest in music. After a long period writing songs on her own, she’s recently started collaborating with one of Scotland’s leading songwriters and producers, Joe McAlinden (Teenage Fanclub, Rod Stewart, Matthew Sweet), at his studio in rural Argyll – a creative relationship which is seeing the young artist develop a bolder, more coherent musical identity. Her tender, soulful debut offering, Lullaby, was written and recorded with McAlinden and Grammy Award-winning producer David Donaldson.


STREAM: “Lullaby”