Josephine Oniyama has the power to make you feel something.
Her voice is powered by a soul that elevates from her very core, and her intricate storytelling combines romantic lyricism with bittersweet honesty. Latest single ‘’Til You’ is a glorious spilling of the heart, all lovely melody and soaring chorus that takes you to the stars.
It’s easy to fall into the honeyed pot of Josephine’s music, and lay there for a while blissfully, she conjures a safe haven.
Here’s her musical journey, so far.
Appearance on Later with Jools Holland, October 2012:
“A really great moment and a launchpad to the next step in my career.”
Supporting Paloma Faith on tour, Feb 2013:
“This was a great gig to get. There was lots of radio and interviews surrounding the shows, because Paloma is such a big name.”
“With the album out and a bit of buzz I played 3 sets at Glasto 2013, including Park Stage and BBC live session.”
HIFA, Harare International Festival of Art, May 2014:
“Myself and my band flew to Zimbabwe along with hundreds of musicians from around the world. It was a great journey and the festival has a real buzz.”
Celluloid History Songs, November 2014:
“This was the first of two live scores I wrote in 2014-15. It was a chance to explore songwriting and image and to create something out of the box.”
Eight, China, April 2015:
“2015 was the UK/China year of cultural exchange. Invited to collaborate with Chinese musicians on a new piece of work. We performed in Wuhan and Beijing.”
Matthew Halsall, Union Chapel, Oct 2015:
“Matthew Halsall is a musician arranger, I wrote the lyrics for 3 songs on this 2015 album Into Forever. He is a fabulous creator and the show we did with his Gondwana Orchestra at Union Chapel, London, was a real highlight of the touring I did with him.”
Haxan, December 2015:
“The second of 2 live scores, written in collaboration with students from the University of Salford. This was a mammoth undertaking and culminated in 1hr and 10mins of electro-acoustic mayhem.”
Travis and BBC Scottish Symphony, June 2016:
“I featured on the Travis track, ‘Idlewild’. The show we did at the Barrowlands in 2016 with BBC Symphony was AMAZING!”
Filming new video, Til you, June 2017:
“To kick off a new chapter, I recently recorded a new video for my single ‘Til You. I had the best time with the team I was working with and it felt like a really positive new launch.”
Words by Tanyel Gumushan