|When songwriter and vocalist Amuka (Sheila Brody) sings, she transports to
another place, as each chord of her voice touches a tender zone in the
heart. Her tone is familiar - her words too, as they stir deep down in the soft
part of your wounded soul. She makes your heart joyful, makes you shout, as
she disperses soothing medicine to make everything alright through lyrics in
which she tells the story of a woman whose spirit cannot be broken. They are
stories we can all relate to.
Her roots appear to point to a heavy funk lineage - she was discovered by
George Clinton in her native Detroit. And she remains one of the Funk Mob's
most definitive voices with a legion of fans around the world. Of her early
mentor she says, "George taught me to write down all your thoughts and
ideas that you feel in your heart. Nine times out of ten it turns into a song.
That's how I write my songs."
Following her musical destiny, she developed the persona 'Blackwood',
relocating to Rome, Italy, and where she went on to have the number one
dance album of 1999 (beating Madonna!) with her smash hit "Peace" from
the album entitled "Friday Night". After returning to the U.S. she shifted back
into American music, touring on several legs with P Funk and taking on yet
another new project that proved a brilliant concept.
She teamed up with heavyweight producer Peter Rauhofer as the dance
diva, Amuka, to release 2003's dance anthem, "Appreciate Me," a hit that
charted on Billboard's Top 10 and was licensed to CD compilations such as
the "Queer As Folk: Club Babylon" soundtrack.
Her second single with Peter Rauhofer is the anthem, "U Ain't That Good,"
charted up to # 3 on Billboard and is currently being aired on radio stations
around the country and appreciated by club crowds who relate to Sheila's
While dance music entices her, Sheila has long been known as a rocker
whose voice sails happiest above raw instrumentation. As a return to her
roots, her latest venture is a wonderful World Music project, with vereran
rocker guitarist Johnny Rico and seasoned bassistf JK. One prominent
industry rep called her, "Tina Turner with something new..." after catching
wind of the demo. To quell the demand for the group, Rosewater, an album is
due to drop later in 2005.
Go to Amuka's Official site: here