Culture or Vulture

A 1 track soul single (3m 41s) — released May 15th 2020 on Tucxone

Born in London in 1974 to Jamaican parents. She married an Australian for love when she was 16 and spent her adult life in Australia. Her daughter was born there and also there, with her daughter on her lap, she decided she wanted to sing professionally and has pursued this dream ever since. Since she made her choice she has worked with legends such as Wilson Pickett or Marva Whitney, with whom she was a close friend. That's how she met the Japanese funk ambassadors, Osaka Monaurail, they were Marva's band. It was this friendship that definitely made clear her direction towards funk and soul. Her personal relationship with Sharon Jones and Binky Griptite (out of the Dap-Kings) has been another great pillar in her development of this genre. Shirley has performed on a number of collaborations with different record labels such as her stellar appearing in Unique's imprint, doing a cover version of the classic "No Trouble On The Mountain", of Richard "Groove" Holmes with Osaka Monaurail, or for the Australian label Freestyle Records with the song "Greenbacks", which is an anthem of Deep Funk, as appearing on the album titled Deepstreet Soul. And there is also her participation on Deepface, when she got nominated for an ARIA which is the Australian equivalent of a GRAMMY. "I'm so happy to be back in Europe after 20 years and help push this genre out of the underground scene and into the public light and make it claim the space it deserves as popular culture" Shirley's recruitment as lead singer for The Silverbacks took place by chance, when she was taken up to the stage from the audience at a Sharon Jones & The DapKings show in Madrid to which Tucxone Records's team were attending too. They heard her sing with Sharon and immediately made up their minds, they made Shirley a proposal which she accepted. The rest, as they say, is history. In March 2016 Shirley starts leading The Silverbacks and together they make their appearance into the black music scene with "Black Rose", unanimously acclaimed by international press and fellow artists, such as Lee Fields, that had nothing but good words to say about it. "Black Rose", is a tough act to follow, having earned Shirley Davis and the Silverbacks the title "Best New International Artist" in the Pop-Eye Awards (2016). Unadulterated Soul with a touch of Afrobeat is Tucxone Records's proposal in Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks's first LP

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