I came across the announcement that Black Grape Global had signed a group I'd never heard of, Divine Divine, via Black Grape CEO T's news feed on Facebook.
It's an announcement that caught my eye because
Mr Black Grape himself, Tokunbo 'T' Oyelola is Yolanda
Brown's manager, and - until relatively recently - also
managed Guvna B and Eddie Kadi.
To put that another way (and given T's track record) the
omens are potentially quite good for this new group.
It's also news many will welcome, as it suggests the
vocal sound is slowly returning to the UK gospel
mainstream after the seemingly unshakeable
stranglehold that Street music has had on the scene in
recent years. .
Time 2 Shine
Divine Divine began their public journey as the winners of the first Time 2 Shine talent search in 2011 (entering the contest as solo artists, but put together as a band by the organisation).
With guidance from Time 2 Shine, the group has honed their craft and recorded their debut album 'Edge Street', due for release later this year. Representation via Black Grape Global should also bring good things their way.
As much as the group is new, its component parts isn't. The band comprises (left to right in top picture) Nadine Sade Caeser, David Balogun (aka David B), Neresa Maye and Lawrence Rowe who have had pretty active solo artist actitivty up until now.
'Edge Street' is launched on August 18th at Under The Bridge in Chelsea Village, London, a collaboration between Time 2 Shine and Black Grape.
Happy Days Are Here Again..?
So: I'm not going to fall into the trap of counting my smooth vocal chickens way too early in the day and prematurely celebrate.
However, Time 2 Shine's arrival on the scene in the past year or so has been impressive. Add to that Black Grape Global's role in incubating and accelerating the careers of Eddie Kadi and Guvna B, and we've got a development to most certainly keep and eye on.