Manchester's soulful chanteuse, Josephine Oniyama, has created a self-reflective debut album which illustrates the many different sides of a fascinating character. Vocally, her prowess recalls 'the Queen of gospel', Mahalia Jackson's distinctive contralto, yet behind the powerful delivery is a husky undercurrent making every replaying seem like a personal performance. This compelling delivery commands attention completely, on a record replete with a vibrant array of musical genres. Whether accompanied by Ed Harcourt on stripped-back piano melody House Of Mirrors, or playing a fast-paced bossa-nova infused jaunt via Pepper Shaker, she's equally awe-inspiring.
"An extraordinary talent" -- Q
"Stunning" -- Sunday Times Culture
"A versatile and substantial new talent" -- Mojo
"Fabulous" -- The Guardian
"an original, unfolding talent" -- Uncut
"stunning newcomer" -- The Sun
"A striking talent" -- The Mirror