Hailed by industry heavyweights as ‘the next big thing’, 24 year old Brit Smith, more commonly known as Matisse, looks poised for a very successful 2010.
The latest addition to the Jive Records roster, Matisse is no stranger to the limelight. Indeed, she named herself after one of her favourite painters who refused to give up as a struggling artist. Some may remember the stunning starlet‘s first industry outing as one half of sisterly duo Brit & Alex back in 2008. While that project didn’t take off – resulting in the sisters disbanding, Matisse the solo star looks set for a much brighter future, if the phenomenal reception to her infectious debut single ‘Better Than Her’ is anything to go by.
So much so is the buzz surrounding the singer that many of music’s biggest hitmakers are queuing up to work on her debut LP. The following are but a few of them:
“Matisse is one of my favourite new artists. She brings a playful energy back to pop music reminiscent of early Madonna” – Kevin Rudolf
“She’s a natural superstar who’s a deadly combo of sexiness and class.…” – Dallas Austin
“Matisse is an artist with the goods! … Someone to keep an eye out for in 2010!” – Tricky Stewart
“Matisse is the complete artist. … [She] is the real deal!” – Harvey Mason Jr.
Though born in Connecticut, Matisse’s teenage years were spent here in London – an experience which no doubt influences the international sound her music boasts; an honest (non-cliché) fusion of Pop, Electronica, and R&B. A fusion, I found, greatly demonstrated on the Dallas Austin produced ‘Lullabies, Chocolates & Lies’ – which you can listen to below.
A breath of fresh air, Matisse will no doubt be a name on the lips of many very soon!
Check out ‘Better Than Her’ and ‘Lullabies, Chocolates & Lies’ below:
Better Than Her
Lullabies, Chocolates & Lies
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