Sheer joy with this band I love 💖  Finally the dust is beginning to settle, although I’ve not yet settled back down to earth, I feel like I can take a breath to thank everyone for helping us to win the 9th European Blues Challenge.  

So very proud to represent the UK 🇬🇧 and the UK Blues Federation and my heartfelt thanks not only to the Chair, Ashwyn Smyth, but to the whole board for such unreserved and voluntary dedication, encouragement, belief and support (both financial and emotional!). Also, special thanks to my soul sister, Kaz Hawkins, for going above and beyond to promote us and help prepare me for the emotional roller coaster that these Challenges have been 💞 I dedicate this award and whole performance to the legend, Dave Raven, who was such a major part of UK and European Blues. I wish you could’ve been here to see us succeed!   

Massive thanks to all our fans, family, friends and, of course, the ⭐️CROWDFUNDERS⭐️ who helped us get to the Azores (and Memphis!) physically, but also made us believe we could DO IT through your steadfast and generous support! 

Thanks and congratulations to the European Blues Union and Santa Maria Blues for creating such an incredibly successful and smooth running event. It really was spectacular! A fabulous venue and a joy to explore the Azores for the first time 😍 

Thanks to the other 21 bands, all winners in their nations, for the camaraderie and great music, and big congratulations to Norway’s Geir Bertheussen Blues Express who came in 2nd place, and our mates, The Dynamite Blues Band, who came in 3rd. You guys rock! 

Of course, thanks to my AMAZING BAND. I love this life we lead together, so much fun and connection on and off stage🥰 And thanks to the big, beautiful, Blues family, here in the UK and all over the world, for your words of love, encouragement and congratulations. I’m truly blessed to be a part of this great scene 💙

What a belting album! 
Frankly, that could suffice as the end of my review as I have nothing negative to say about it.

For those who don’t know, Kyla Brox is the daughter of Victor Brox – British R&B (in the original sense) royalty and since touring with her father back in the nineties she has had a strong solo career with a powerful sense of soul and Blues at the core of her music.

This album has been more than a couple of years in the making since her last solo album in 2016 and it is a real joy to hear her voice, soulful and gentle, again.

She has created an album filled with classic soul & Blues feel, horns throughout – she was nominated a couple of times for British Blues Awards as an instrumentalist (flute) – and driving beat courtesy of Danny Blomeley (bass) and Mark Warburton (drums).
The songs veer between blasting Blues such as ‘For The Many’ (pinning her politics firmly to the mast) with its blasting horns and rhythmic keyboards and ‘Bluesman’s Child’ (autobiographical) which has a gospel opening but swiftly elevates to an R&B belter to soft and delicate soul songs like the title track with her voice up front and deeply emotional over a whispering keyboard from John Ellis.
The music ebbs and flows, covering a wide range of styles but always with that central feel of a passionate Blues singer and it all has the feel of a well crafted album that represents exactly where Kyla Brox life has brought her so far.

The album closes on her version of ‘Hallelujah’, stripped back and brimming over with purity and passion – about as far as you can get from Alexandra Burke’s version and bringing the song back to its wonderful pain.

Overall, a stunning album, welcome back Kyla Brox.