Samsung Focus presents Perez Hilton’s “One Night in Austin” with Selah Sue performance

ACL Live, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd – Austin, TX, March 19, 2011

“Musically speaking, I know what I want”.

Beneath an obvious shyness, Selah Sue shows unlikely strength and determination for her tender years. At just twenty-one years old, Selah Sue first drew attention with her single “Raggamuffin”, which has now attracted more than one million viewers to the video online.

There was nothing in her upbringing that suggested that this multi-talented artist would take up a career in music. It was only when she became a teenager that she discovered music. Until then, her only connection with it had been through ballet lessons. “It was only when the lessons got boring that I felt the urge to do something new” she explains. “And then music became my real passion. I started to learn the guitar, and very quickly I was spending five to six hours on it every day. As soon as I left school I would lock myself up in my room just to play”.

Selah Sue has been influenced by the reggae-ragga sound textures that are part of her daily life, by Erykah Badu’s nu soul sound, Meshell Ndegeocello, but above by all Lauryn Hill, her real icon. “It’s true that she is a kind of role model to me. She raps like a gangsta girl, the way she sings is truly divine…I have learned every single chord of her album”.

Warm, powerful, deep, slightly husky, deceptively vulnerable… the voice of Selah Sue is truly unique. She has been refining her art on stage for the last two years, supporting artists such as The Do, Jamie Lidell, Keziah Jones, Sébastien Tellier, and playing at festivals such as the Art Rock Festival in Saint-Brieuc or the Eurockéennes Festival in Belfort this year.

A five-track EP including the hit single “Raggamuffin’” will be released on Because Music on the 15th March, while her debut album will be released in March 7th in Belgium, France, and Swizerland.

Record Label: Because Music