Shezzie is a singer songwriter born and raised in South London. Formerly of the successful vocal trio Brown Sugar, Pauline Catlin now known as Shezzie, along with Caron Wheeler (Soul II Soul ) and Carol Simms (aka Kofi ) during the 70’s and 80’s were the first female Black British Reggae music trio with a succession of hit’s such as iconic songs like ‘I’m in Love with A Dreadlocks ‘ & ‘ Black Pride’. Brown Sugar are recognised as the pioneers of the popular genre known today as ‘Lovers Rock,’ produced by John Kpiaye and also working with the acclaimed Dennis Bovell.
Shezzie’s vocal dexterity and musical offerings are a uniquely complex enigma, sophisticated and yet approachable. She has been aptly described as Sarah Vaughn meets Erykah Badu and Jill Scott meets Shara Nelson Jazz, imbued with Neo Roots, Neo Gospel Reggae tones with a classical effervescent, soulful swing and poetic verses likened to Floetry and Masha Ambrose.
Shezzie collaborated with the late great Jazz musician and Producer Wayne Brown (RIP 1964-2016) on her first solo and debut album ‘Catch the Boat’ released 2017.
As a tribute and return to her Reggae roots, she also released the Reggae single ‘Beams from Heaven’ produced by Carlton Bubbler’s Ogilvie followed by another single and ballad ‘I am with You’ produced by Clifton ‘Bigga’ Morrison.
A gifted, eloquent and inspirational songwriter, Shezzie’s music delivers faithful optimism, is positive, reflective and infused with uplifting lyrical content. This British music Artist has always influenced the world of Uk music introducing new trends and so this African, classical, Jazz, Roots Reggae’ style is performed with deep soul.
It would be hard to categorise her musical style and put her into any one bag as Shezzie’s vast musical range and sound is eclectic, quite unique and as you’ll no doubt hear, she really is truly one of a kind!
Shezzie is now producing some new and exciting material and will shortly be embarking on a national tour showcasing her musical legacy sharing with you her own personal struggles and story as part of an exciting new musical production.
So, watch this space and look out for those tour dates!
The album ‘Catch the Boat is Available from all leading outlets including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify & Deezer.