Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Winding down...



Hey people,

Howdy???

I'm still buzzing off the fabulous birthday I had last week...and to be honest with you, I'm still slyly celebrating, on a more low key level.
I went for dinner @ Rocket in Mayfair last night with a friend who wasn't able to make my party. It's a beautiful restaurant BUT the food wasn't all that. Good thing my company made up for what the meal lacked. We had a good old chin wag and before we knew it the staff were clearing up, turning on all the lights etc, hinting for us to shove off!
We finally got the message and I went home, smiling although my belly was still longing for a decent meal!

Food does feature a lot in my life. One of my "loves". If you follow me on twitter you'll know how much I eat and think about food. A slight obsession I think. I even dream about it..."issues" I hear you scream. Oh well, I could be an alcoholic, sexaholic or shopaholic...so being a foodie is not that bad surely!

I just wanted to let you know about another article that was written on my EP. I met some guys @ the summit in ATL from "Grown Folks Music". They passed on my EP to a colleague who listened to and reviewed my music.

Here is what he had to say,

"Nadine Charles - Introducing Miss Charles

Upon hearing the EP Introducing Miss Charles from Nadine Charles I loudly exclaimed “El gusto es mio!” fortunately no one was around to laugh at my poor excuse for Spanish. But in all seriousness the pleasure really is all mine. Having the opportunity to listen to this great project from this wonderful artist just adds another notch to my “there really is hope for R&B scorecard”.

Seven tracks that run the subject matter gamut from: Love to loss, infatuation to even openly admitting that you’re a Cry Baby…you have to love an artist that is not afraid to be that open and honest. Musically, if you are a fan of great melodies(which I am) and dense beautiful harmonies(guilty as charged over here) you will love Introducing Miss Charles.

The production[C Swing and The Truth MoveMENT] and performances on this EP are wonderfully consistent: no throwaways here. The tracks contained herein do not reside in the “beatmaker” category, this is not a dig at any music or producer who operates in that realm, I’m merely stating that this is gimmick free music. They even have the audacity to have musical bridges in these songs that really do take you on a journey. The nerve!

If someone would have told me yesterday that I would be this excited about R&B again, I probably would have done what I usually do which is to point to the old dusty box of well worn cassettes and LP’s (yeah I said it) and curmudgeonly say “Now that’s R&B over there”. Fortunately, today I was properly introduced to Miss Charles so now I can point to my computer’s monitor and the dusty old box. Musical recommendation: hit repeat." Ivan Orr



www.grownfolksmusic.com

I've agreed to do an interview for them too so look out for it SOON!

A few posts back I told you about a charity event I did about a month or so back. Here's some footage of it. I'm featured towards the end of it.



That's it for now. I've got to go and plan my sister's baby shower now, and I've put it on hold for weeks. So I gotta go. I'll holla soon.

Walk Right
Nads xx



For hard copies of my EP mail nadinecharlesbiz@gmail.com
Download individual tracks www.nadinecharles.bandcamp.com
Follow me on twitter www.twitter.com/nadiva99

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

BIRTHDAY PRINCESS! C'est moi :)




Bringing Sexy back!!!


The Nadivas


Me and MistaDame AKA P.Daddy!


Nadia and Kads




Me and Mister Midas



Me and the Notorious Chris "Fwyine" Knight


The beautiful ESTAR!


Me and my girlies Heidi Vogel and Kadija Kamara




Me and Courtney Pie


My boys "Blessed Voices" Jermaine,Cameron,Kwaku and Meshach


Dancehall Queen for Life!

This is just a quickie,

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the hundreds of messages I got on my birthday! I was overwhelmed.
I'm thankful that so many of you took those two minutes out of your busy schedules to say Happy Birthday to ME!! I really appreciate it.
So there was no way I was gonna have a crappy birthday!!!
My friend Le-Starr organised a private party for me @ Molton House in Mayfair and I had sooooo much fun.....as you can probably gather from the pictures.

Although it was a Monday and most of my friends/family had to get up the next day for work, so many of them came to celebrate my Earthday with me.
I had people around me who I love to death, a bling bling dress that made me feel like a princess and TWO birthday cakes :) It was a supercalifragulisticexpialidocious night!

Gotta catch up on some lost sleep now.

Have a wonderful week
God Bless
nads xx

Monday, 9 November 2009

Hellooooooooo! *smooches*

Where oh where does one start ??? ...

I know you've heard it a million times but again I must say SORRY.
MUWAAAAAAH xoxoxoxoxoxo

The problem is, that I take so many photos, videos etc then don't have the time to organise and edit them!

I don't know if you think it's a good enough reason/excuse, but it's the truth! Anyhoo, apology out of the way...

I hope you're all well. Where do I start?

Okay... A few months ago I was approached by a young lady called Sophia Savizon, with her idea to organise a fashion show to showcase fashion designers and at the same time raise money for charity. I thought it was an excellent idea and didn't hesitate to be involved. This event was especially important to me because the causes she chose were Sickle Cell and Cancer, which have both affected my life.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm a chatterbox in private, but I'm not much of a public speaker, so when I was asked to do a speech on Sickle Cell disease I immediately said no! However, I was persuaded by Sophia and the nurse who treats my son for his condition. They convinced me it was good idea for me to talk about the subject as it affects my everyday life as my son lives with it. Although, I was dreading it, I'm so glad I went through with it because I was able to raise awareness for something that affects so many people, yet most people don't even know what it is. But that wasn't me out of the spotlight. I had to also perform a couple of songs of Sophia's choice(cheeky monkey but it's all love). She and her organisers did a fabulous job and the night ran smooooovely! :)

Check out the I Love Runway Site for pictures :
www.iloverunway.co.uk


Mike Kiwanuka (guitarist) and Miss Kadija Kamara (singer/songwriter)



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In my spare time...which is very limited, I LOVE going to gigs. I was lucky enough to be asked to go to the Eric Roberson show in Jazz Cafe. As usual he pleased his fans. He's such a talented guy and really down to earth. I had a little word with him after and he gave me some positive feedback on my EP which was nice. I was just glad he bothered to listen to it!!! Loool

I also had a chance to go see Vula @ Jazz re:freshed. Guys if you don't know about this girl, google her. She is one of UK finest singers and I'm not kidding...and she's got the sweetest smile...girlie crush coming on! lol

Me and a few friends went down to see her @ Mau Mau in Portobello road, West London, and she rocked the mic!!

Jazz re:freshed is a weekly event and entry is something stupid like £3/5...There's always fresh talent and a wicked vibe. Big up my Uprock massive!!!

I performed there a few years back. Check out the dodgy clip! lol



VULA







So we all know I'm partial to a photoshoot or two! But my little sister Asantewa is new to it. So she asked me to accompany her to a shoot for her portfolio. She's not a model, but she's a GREAT dancer and needed to get some pictures done, so off we went to the depths of Deptford!!! What a flippin Trek! I'm sure you agree that she's quite the stunner. Silly moo calls me a twiglet and says it's better to be thicker than a snicker...cheeky lil girl. Watch out for her. She's a bad ASS dancer.







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Now, lets get back to MEEEEE!
My EP is now available. I think I told you this before... Anyway, there are a few copies left (as I only pressed a limited amount).


My favourite track off the EP

So if you would like one please contact nadinecharlesbiz@gmail.com


Alternatively, you can download some of the tracks from bandcamp.com www.nadinecharles.bandcamp.com
I will be updating this site with tracks as often as I can.

Talking of tracks, I made one on Frday with Dornik from the TRUTH MoveMENT. I love it. I must have played it a hundred kerbillion times over the weekend.
My son now hates it...but I love it still! lol
I can't wait for it to be mixed so I can give it to you. It's a proper slow jam. My mum says it's for the erm hmmmm intimate times, but I just think it's a deep love song. I'm a hopeless romantic...Where's My knight in shining armour?????


ME and the Birthday Girl NADIA










Last weekend I went to a club for the first time in ages. I'm more of a gig kinda girl but I know how to shake my tush on the dancefloor when I'm ready. And it was my girl, Nadia's bday. So we headed to Amika in Kensington High Street, but it was ...how can I put it as nicely as possible??? S*@t!!!! Really really bad...

Luckily, Le-Starr was running a club night across the road and was able to get us a cosy little section in the VIP section at a moment's notice. The girls got overly tipsy on Grey Goose mixtures and Sambucca and the birthday girl danced the night away.

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This weekend was family chillout time. Saturday we had "lady's day" @ my mums house and Sunday, I spent time with my other family, the TRUTH MoveMENT. We're normally making music, but this Sunday, my sis Obenewa and I cooked for the boys and just vegged out! Bliss :) Btw if you haven't already, download my sis' official mixtape, it's VERY necessary in your life!!! www.wix.com/dirtymedialdn/obenewa



I've got a radio interview on Friday so I'll post details during the week so you can listen in and maybe even call up!!

Until then girls and boys...
Me gone

Nuff Love Nads x