Now here’s a singer/songwriter working the silky smooth end of R&B/funk, not the contemporary version with its glissandos but the jazz/cabaret end, if you will,the field Sade ploughed so successfully a few years ago. Smokier and funkier than Sade however, Louise is more old school, with a dash of that Philly sound here, that Earth Wind & Fire flash there. This is one sophisticated lady, and she’s surrounded herself with a group of musicians as tasteful as she to deliver..as aware of space as they are of groove and technique.
And she’s called in some great players indeed, perfectly complimenting Louise’s voice. Guitarist Peter Northcote shines with a rare subtlety, while Kere Buchanan not only shares some of the writing with Louise but also plays keyboards and drums and even adds to some of the harmony blocks that add that little extra soul/gospel feel to songs like Prayer For You and This Is Heaven. Beautiful stuff, delivered with a quiet passion.
Whether that’s a good thing in a country like Australia, where this style has never really found fertile soil is a moot point. Perhaps that’s why Louise has found the European community embracing this album where she remains a simple working girl struggling to make a living out of her original music here. Whisper My Name is the kind of late night chillout album that begs for serious AOR airplay commitment in Australian radio. The reality is that the best hope for Louise and artists like her, in the long term, is to get a copy of the album to Whitney Housten so that the American diva records a version of Stay and makes Lou a million bucks. Then she can just get on and make the music she wants to make for an appreciative European audience, tour there during the northern summer, and enjoy sydney’s slowly evolving cosmopolitan life without having to worry too much about whether this city is picking up on what she’s doing.
Michael Smith, The Drum Media
This fantastic CD had languished on my wants list for well over a year – and now Louise has re-issued the set with a 2004 imprint. Those of you who love the quality soul-jazz of Khani Cole, Marilyn Scott, DeBorah Bond and Brenda Hillman will simply be biting the hands off stockists for this CD.
Louise Perryman hails from Australia – a place not noted for anything other than Rock music – and drops a musical bombshell of 8 scorching tracks sizzling with soul, jazz, and pure sass.
She’s a voice for every woman and one that every man could listen to. Hailing from Australia, Louise Perryman sings universal emotions, bearing their smooth soul, yet revealing raw edges. Joining her are celebrated Aussie musicians: Peter Northcote (guitar), Bill Risby (piano), and on drums, Kere Buchanan (who co-wrote all but one song). Whisper My Name is Perryman’s 4th album and with it she brings a depth… an honesty, that is so refreshing! Skillfully utilizing life’s experiences, she penned all lyrics and co-wrote all tunes. The message is clear and Louise Perryman delivers it resoundingly on her latest CD Whisper My Name.
When www.soul-patrol.com announced its Top 5 New Artists for 2003 and its Top 20 New Releases for 2003, there were only 3 artists who made it on to both lists. One of those 3 artists was Louise Perryman.
The Top 20 included names like Marvin Gaye, Marcus Miller, Tower of Power, Barry White, The Temptations…
Quite a feat for a girl from Sydney, Australia.
I’m lured back to the days where melody, touch, tone and feel mattered. This is the real thing.”
“I played both Play Your Game and Whisper My Name and people said you were just what the music world needed, a shot in the arm of REAL music. People loved it!! So, I’ll be playing your music all evening long on my radio show that I do in the States.
I get a worldwide audience online of over 230,000 listeners.”
New Breed Inc.
Louise has now stepped down from her role as CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, MUSIC to work on new projects that have had to take second place for the past few years due to her work commitments on The Voice.
Appointed by Shine Australia in 2011 to head up the Music Team for the Australian version of the hit series THE VOICE for Network Nine, Louise was an integral player in creating the DNA of the localised format that broke all audience records for a non-sporting show in Australia. Read More