first began singing in her teens with a local South London band,
but after a couple of years the band broke up. During the band's
short career one of the people who had seen them and been impressed
by her vocal ability and stage presence was legendary UK manager
Tony's track record in
introducing new UK urban music stars is second to none – in
the Seventies he guided the career of the Real Thing, in the Eighties
he managed Loose Ends, and in the Nineties he handled the career
of Lynden David Hall
When Avani, now 24, walked
back into Tony's office and played him some of her newly written
solo material, he was convinced he had found one more extraordinary
new artist to add to the UK urban roll of honour.
Her voice is unlike any
other vocalist around, whether from the UK or US. She has the sheer
vocal power to attack a song like “Don't U Worry” –
the opening track of her debut Dome album – then conjures
up a totally different, subtle mood on the intimate soulful ballad
“Best Friend's Lover”, with its tale of a love triangle.
When Tony, together with
co-manager Paul Johnson – once a Sony-signed soul singer himself,
and more recently the manager of Shaun Escoffery - brought Avani's
music to us at Dome, it took barely one play of the demo versions
of these two songs for us to agree to sign her.
Several times in the
past year, as a break from working in the studio on her own album,
Avani has appeared on stage with Carl McIntosh at Loose Ends revival
shows, singing the songs made famous by original vocalist Jane Eugene.
Says Avani: “I love all those songs anyway – and it's
been a real thrill working on stage with Carl. And now, to have
him singing on my album, it's incredible.”
Rahsaan became an instant
admirer of Avani's when he heard her sing, and since he has always
been a huge Loose Ends fan, he could not resist duetting on "Watching
You" with her and Carl .