A RISING music star from South Tyneside has signed for a new record label ahead of her second release.
Nadine Shah, from Whitburn, is making waves in the music industry with her intense, brooding piano ballads.
The 25-year-old teamed up with super-producer Ben Hillier – the man behind hits by Blur, Depeche Mode and Elbow – to record her debut album.
Last November she released her debut EP Aching Bones on indie label Club Fandango to rave reviews.
She has now signed for Apollo – an offshoot of successful dance label R&S Records, based in Belgium.
Nadine, who now spends most of her time in London, said: “It might seem like a bizarre move. The label is in Belgium, for a start, and it’s known predominantly for releasing dance records.
“But it has set up Apollo to sign upcoming artists and they’ve been brilliant with me – I’m delighted with the deal.”
She has announced details of her first release for the label, the Dreary Town EP, which will be on sale on April 15.
The lead track – which will be on her still-to-be-released debut album – is backed by a cover of the Julie London hit Cry Me A River, and Bobby Heron, which she wrote about her great grandmother’s only son, who died at sea as a child.
Nadine added: “It might sound depressing but this EP is actually a lot prettier than Aching Bones.
“Bobby Heron is a sea shanty, despite its subject matter, and I get to go all Shirley Bassey in Cry Me A River.
“The album is in two halves and I think the two EPs represent them quite well.”
Nadine is hoping to hold a launch gig for the EP in the North East ahead of its release.