First Listen! Tony Momrelle – All The Things You Are (Louie Vega Remix) (Reel People Music)
Ever wondered who are the ones we’ll remember in a 20 years time?!? As far as I’m humbly concerned, I have no doubt as to how UK singer Tony Momrelle will be on the list. With thanks to Reel People Music and their constant artist development work.
Taken from his last album – ‘Keep Pushing’ – the soothing ‘All The Things You Are’ is given a nice twist by Louie Vega. The latter turning it into a classy feel good cool groove, in the tradition of these great R&B/Dance blasts which use to prevail by the beginning of the 80’s.
‘All The Things You Are’, and all the things he – Momrelle – is!
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Thank god for the friend who, nearly 20 years ago, persuaded a young Tony Momrelle to visit the Olympic Studios in Barnes, South London and contribute a few backing vocals. Momrelle was 18 and well on his way with a Youth Training Scheme in the car industry. Music being something of a sideline…
Momrelle picks the story up. “I was looking at a career in marketing. I had been messing around in a Hip-Hop band, and a few people knew I could sing. I wasn’t convinced though about travelling across London for a random job I knew nothing about. Of course I did go down to Barnes and there was Gloria Estefan in the studio waiting for me.”
They call that a baptism of fire. As a professional singer, Momrelle was straight in at the deep end. But Estefan liked what she heard and soon there were other lucrative offers of session work. “I got the pay cheque for my work with Gloria and I was blown away. I realised that maybe I could make a serious go of singing. I was still aware of the risk but, for me, it was worth taking. I’ve never looked back.”
Tony is another of those effortlessly talented artists with a family upbringing steeped in music and entertainment. He started studying music from the age of just 8 and would embrace Gospel through regular church attendance. At 13, he’d switch to “part-time” rapping with a local Hip-Hop group five years before fatefully meet Estefan.
Since then he’s been touring with the biggest and best. His association with Estefan has been rather impressively followed by work for Whitney Houston, Sir Elton John, Take That and most recently Sade. He’s also recorded with urban Gospel group Seven, and released two artist albums. The first, ‘Freetime’, appeared on Art & Soul in 1999. The second, ‘Message In The Music’, arrived 10 years later.
All of this, however, is to forget Momrelle‘s long and fruitful association with those bastions of live soulful groove, Incognito. His consistently tip-top vocals on the road impressed Incognito main man Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick to the extent of offering him a spot on both the band’s 2002 album ‘Life Stranger Than Fiction’ and their relentless international tour dates.
“I was very fortunate to land with Incognito. It was all word of mouth. I would have started touring with them even earlier than I did but there were issues with my visa. Bluey remembered me though and brought me in. It was amazing to be recognised in that way.”
Momrelle has been busy over the past two years touring the world for Sade, supporting Incognito and driving momentum with Reel People, fronting the band everywhere from Europe to Japan. But now he’s ready to focus fully on himself.
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