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AGMP.co.uk proudly presents the debut UK show for Daptone Records artist
NAOMI SHELTON & THE GOSPEL QUEENS
7PM DOORS+ DJ GREG BELSON
9PM NAOMI SHELTON & THE GOSPEL QUEENS
“The voice remains remarkable: A sandpapered contralto, delivered with commitment and Sunday- morning belief. She’s backed by a band with serious provenance.” – Uncut Magazine
“Shelton is delivering whip-smart soul with the energy of someone a third of her age.” – The Times
“Naomi Shelton is a power-house performer who sings with a passionate Baptist fervor.” – Mojo Magazine
In the six years since the release of their last full-length record, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens have toured extensively, playing main stages at some of the most prestigious festivals in the world, including Bonnaroo, The Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreal Pop, and The Ottawa Blues Festival. Though seasoned veterans, these last years of touring played a crucial role in the creation of the songs that would become the forthcoming album “Cold World”.
With Daptone Records’ Gabriel Roth (Bosco Mann) at the helm, Naomi and company went into the studio and cut twelve inspired new songs live to eight-track tape.
At the heart and soul of the band’s sound lie Naomi’s raw, gritty vocals, commanding attention with every heart- wrenching syllable. Veteran Queens Edna Johnson and Bobbie Jean Gant – who have been singing with Naomi for the better part of 20 years – joined rookie Queen Angel McKenzie – who joined the group in the winter of 2013 – to provide perfect answers to Naomi’s calls. The band, whose ages range from 17 to 82, is led by Brother Cliff Driver with a musical pedigree that includes working with legends Baby Washington, Little Willie John, King Curtis, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and Solomon Burke. On bass guitar is the infamous Fred Thomas, who spent the better part of his musical career backing up The Godfather of Soul himself, Mr. James Brown – in the eponymous JB’s. Rounding out the group are Jimmy Hill, who played alongside Wilson Pickett in the late 60’s, guitar whiz Max Shrager, who at the tender age of 17 composed two of the album’s tracks, and Mikey Post on drums, who spends his 9-to-5’s helping run the business at Daptone HQ.