The Kyla Brox Band - Coming Home - 2004 - Kyla Brox
"I haven't honestly seen a better British Blues band for quite some time." - Jenny Lyndsey, Blues in Britian Magazine. "Destined to be Britians number one female singer." - Pete Evans, Dragon Blues Festival. "What a voice, what a talent, what performances!!!" - Darren Howells, Blues Matters! Magazine. "Kyla's voice is up there with the greats." - Chris Cordingley, Blues Matters! Magazine. "...an authentic Soul diva!..." - Mike Butler, City Life Magazine. "Kyla Brox Rocks!" - Northern Territory News, Australia.
You may not be too familiar with the name, but Kyla Brox, from Manchester, England is an incredibly talented blues/soul/R&B artist with a stunning voice. Kyla sang on stage from a very young age with her famous father, Victor Brox , (Victor Brox Blues Train, Alexis Korner, Graham Bond, Peter Green, etc). He is believed to have been described by Hendrix and Tina Turner as their favourite white blues singer. Kyla is naturally rooted in the blues and her repertoire is mainly classic soul/R&B songs along with the band's own compositions. The Blues run deep through their original material, but they build on that to create their own sound. Since 2002, Kyla and her small but extremely talented band have recorded several albums, all with classic R&B songs plus their own compositions. She has thrilled audiences worldwide, including two tours of Australia, and she is continually working hard to keep the Blues alive. Whether playing funky or sultry, Kyla, and her group of uniquely talented musicians play with a passion that will astonish you. They are anything but an average blues band, but they retain the pure blues basics, and are a sensational live band.. This is a marvellous album with great songs, incredibly good vocals and wonderful musicianship. A really quality recording from a lady who deserves to be a superstar. In the past few years both Blues Matters and Blues In Britain have featured her on their front covers. Let's hope it stays that way! "Coming Home" is VHR by A.O.O.F.C. Buy her "Window", "Beware" and "Gone" albums, and promote this incredibly talented lady. She has an album released entitled ˜Live at Matt & Phred’s’ which is extremely difficult to find, but if you see it, snap it up! It'a a magnificent album from a true "blues diva". Kyla Brox is surely destined for greatness. Find info on the following albums, - "Window" @ KBROX/WW "Beware" @ KBROX/BWARE This is an erratic server. Keep trying! "Gone" @ KBROX/GONE If Kyla is playing in your area, go and see her. N.B: If you notice a small amount of "scratching" noise on any of the tracks on "Coming Home", it is a fault in the original CD manufacturing, but it shouldn't affect your listening pleasure in any major way.
TRACKS / COMPOSERS
1 She Knows - K.Brox/Blomeley
2 Coming Home - K.Brox/Blomeley
3 Do I Move You - N.Simone
4 It's On - K.Brox/Blomeley
5 Working On Your Love - V.Brox
6 Too Young To Care - K.Brox/Blomeley
7 Guilty - K.Brox/Blomeley/Gill/Marshall/Considine
8 Won't Fit There - K.Brox/Blomeley
9 Stargazing - A.Brox/K.Brox/Blomeley
10 Just For Then - K.Brox
11 Things I'd Change - K.Brox/Blomeley
12 Keep On Criticising - K.Brox/Blomeley
13 It's Understood - K.Brox
14 Don't Change Horses - K.Williams/J.Watson
Kyla (vocals and flute)
Danny Blomeley (bass and acoustic guitar)
Marshall Gill (electric guitar)
Anthony Curtis Marshall (saxophones)
Phil Considine (drums).
Victor Brox (vocals, horns, keyboards, guitar)
KYLA BROX - PRESS REVIEWS
"...an authentic soul diva...sensitive, sexy, and with infinite reserves of sassiness." © City Life Mag
What makes a first lady of British blues? The large audience at the Musician witnessing the first appearance at the venue by Kyla Brox would be quick to point out that Kyla has all the qualities needed - great voice, great presence, great songs, great band. Many may have been introduced to her beautiful, strong voice at the recent City Blues and Acoustic Festival at the De Montfort Hall. She bounced on to the scene five years ago in the shadow of her iconic father Victor, but quickly set her own stamp on the blues scene. Backing her is a band that has such individual, marvelous artists in their own right - but how brilliantly they play together - tight and sympathetic. Lead guitar is expertly played by Marshall Gill, a ZZ Top look-alike! Mellow sax sounds are supplied by Tony Marshall. Phil Considine lays down the funky beat on drums and Kyla's partner Danny Blomely plays a mean bass guitar (what a brilliant solo spot!) The two have written some fantastic songs - I shall be humming One Step Too Far for weeks to come - Frustration, Gone, Skin, What's Left On The Table...The titles roll on and on - here's hoping there will be many more! First lady of British blues? If she has not taken on that mantle yet, it will not be long before she does. © Steve England, Lecicester Mercury
After following the career of Kyla Brox and her band over the past few years it is one of the few definites in life that you are going to get a cracking show and 100% from all the band members. Walking into Blakey's Bar in Blackburn's King Georges Hall it was good to see that people had travelled out of Colne and Burnley to have another look at Kyla, who's last journey into deepest East Lancashire had been at last years Colne festival in front of over 600 people. There was not that number here tonight but the same level of anticipation could be felt all around. The band appeared on stage about 20 minutes later than advertised but seemed to throw themselves into it to make up for their lateness. After a minute of two of the band playing on their own, Miss Brox entered from stage right and immediately made her presence felt with a cracking rendition of 'Today I Sing the Blues', you could see that even the bar staff were blown away by what is rapidly becoming known on the R&B scene as "The Voice". As they proceeded to play tracks from the latest album, "Coming Home", and from the previous 2 albums, I could see that the band are maturing and progressing more and more into their own distinctive sound which can only be a good thing. Bringing the first set to a close with 'Don't Change Horses' Kyla was by now on fire (and there is always something erotic about listening to a beautiful woman singing the words "Giddy Up, Giddy Up"!!!) and the band sounding so funky, that at times, I thought I was listening to a band from the Acid Jazz record label. After a 30 minute break the band were welcomed back on the stage by our compere this evening, the ubiquitous Chris Powers. Most of the songs played in the second set are from the latest CD and we were treated to new material that isn't even recorded yet! Songs such as 'Coming Home', 'She Knows' and 'Guilty' will surely be played by the next generation of musicians, they are really that good! As another great night out listening to sweet music comes to an end I cannot get a certain thought out of my mind. Surely it is only a matter of time before Kyla is getting the attention that Joss Stone is currently enjoying. If you can get out and see The Kyla Brox Band anytime soon, DO! © Max Cash, Blues Matters! Magazine
BIOGRAPHY [ © 2003-2009 MySpace. All Rights Reserved ]
Kyla was born to sing. She grew up in Manchester, England, listening to her dad singing the blues and her mum singing opera, not to mention the soul and rock exploits of her four older siblings, so it seems inevitable that she would be bitten by the music bug. By the age of 3 she had her heart set firmly on becoming a singer (even asking for Chaka Khan's clothes, hair and voice for Christmas!) and by 1993, at 12 years old, she had already begun to sing in her father's band, the Victor Brox Blues Train (which he originally formed way back in the 60s with Kyla's mother, Annette). It's little wonder that Victor, multiinstrumentalist and singer (who fronted the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, and has played/recorded with the likes of Alexis Korner, Little Walter, Graham Bond, Muddy Waters, Champion Jack Dupree, Jimi Hendrix, Doctor John, Peter Green and Sonny Boy Williamson II...) has been a huge influence on Kyla's musical career, encouraging her to learn to play the flute and guitar, as well as sing. Tours, numerous gigs and festivals, and a handful of cds with the Victor Brox Blues Train, have ensured that Kyla has had the proper schooling in her craft. Fate played it's hand in 1993, when Kyla met the equally precocious, 13 year old multi-instrumentalist, Danny Blomeley, when he began to play bass in her dad's band. Danny was a seasoned musician even then, having formed the first of his own band aged 10 (in which he played electric guitar). The pair spent their teenage years honing their skills together in the Victor Brox Blues Train (then affectionately known as the "Child Slavery Band" due to the extreme youth of the musicians!), until 1998 when Danny left the UK to travel the world with guitar in hand. His musical expertise was soon in demand from a diverse range of bands, playing jazz, blues, salsa and rock, on guitar, bass, mandolin and piano. When Danny arrived back in the UK in the spring of 2001, he and Kyla formed a duo. Danny's sensationally unique style on the acoustic guitar is the perfect complement to Kyla's incredible voice, and often leaves the audience wondering where the rest of the band are hiding! Their vibrant performances quickly made them a favourite in the clubs and venues around North West England, and the rest of the UK was soon to follow. With media interest, including Kyla featuring on the front covers of the UKs two biggest Blues dedicated magazines, Blues In Britain and Blues Matters! (who coined her nickname, "The Voice") and radio play, including a live session for BBC Radio 2 (the UKs most listened to radio station), their reputation has grown and grown. The pair make a strong song-writing partnership and recorded their first album, ‘Window’, in 2003, a mixture of original and classic numbers. Kyla and Danny put together an electric band in 2002, with Danny on bass, Marshall Gill on electric guitar, Tony Marshall on saxophones and Phil Considine on drums. The Kyla Brox Band have recorded three studio albums, ‘Beware’, ‘Coming Home’ and most recently 'Gone', and also a powerful live album, ‘Live at Matt & Phred’s’. With their own special mix of funky, jazz-tinged blues, and armed with the two different touring outfits, they have caused a stir all over the world, performing concerts, and often headlining at festivals though out the UK, Europe, Australia and Asia, such as, The Great British Rhythm n Blues Festival (Europe's largest blues festival), Copenhagen Blues Festival, Blues autour du Zinc, (Paris), The Great Southern Blues and Rockabilly Festival (Australia), Phuket International Blues Festival (Thailand), Edinburgh Festival (Scotland) and Limavady Jazz & Blues Festival (Ireland), to mention a few. “...acoustic, intimate and powerfully emotive” Alan Pierce, Editor, Blues Matters Magazine. “Excellent!” Paul Jones, BBC. Kyla and the band have recorded five albums to date, with a repetoire drawn from classic R&B songs and their own compositions. The Blues runs deep through their original material, but they build on that to create their own sound. They are anything but your average Blues band, yet they keep the fundamentals of the Blues alive; they play with a feeling that is infectious. "I haven't honestly seen a better British Blues band for quite some time." - Jenny Lyndsey, Blues in Britian Magazine. "Destined to be Britians number one female singer." - Pete Evans, Dragon Blues Festival. "What a voice, what a talent, what performances!!!" - Darren Howells, Blues Matters! Magazine. "Kyla's voice is up there with the greats." - Chris Cordingley, Blues Matters! Magazine. "...an authentic Soul diva!..." - Mike Butler, City Life Magazine. "Kyla Brox Rocks!" - Northern Territory News, Australia.