Jamie Woon + Jalen N'Gonda
At the first Festival of Voice, London singer-songwriter Jamie Woonbrought his beautifully crafted, emotionally rich songs to new venue, The Tramshed in Cardiff.
Described by the Guardian as “a classic soul man”, Woon attended the Brit School studying music and spent several years on the open-mic circuit before releasing his first independent single Wayfaring Stranger – a nod to his mother, folk singer Mae McKenna. His debut album Mirrorwriting and its Burial-produced single Night Air gained widespread acclaim but left Woon eager to develop a sound with more room for improvisation and input from others.
After spending the last few years collaborating with Disclosure, Paul White and Portico, Woon returned in 2015 with his mesmerising second album, Making Time: a mysterious, moving and quietly profound record which brings together shades of Marvin Gaye, Lewis Taylor, D’Angelo and Massive Attack. With his distinctive sound, thoughtful song-writing and pure artistry, Woon made his Festival of Voice appearance as part of his successful European tour.
With his tender soulful voice and bluesy arrangements, Jalen N’Gonda drew us all into his world as he opened for Woon at Festival of Voice. Born in Maryland, USA, Jalen chose the city of Liverpool as the place in which he would flourish as a musician. Announced by the Liverpool International Music Festival Academy as one of its “Most Ready” artists for 2015, Jalen has already played gigs across Liverpool and beyond and supported touring acts such as Laura Mvula and Martha Reeves.