BlackByrd

Made up of three dynamic young Capetonians, Tarryn Lamb, Samantha Heldsinger and Tamsyn Maker, BlackByrd have spent the past three years working towards the moment when EMI Music signed them to their major label at the beginning of the year.

Since January 2012, the group, along with promoter and music-industry veteran Mike Fuller as manager, have been creating a body of work that will be released as a 13-track, Mark Beling-produced debut album this September. “Tarryn wrote all, bar one track, on the album,” Heldsinger points out. Titled Strong, BlackByrd’s debut album, like “All For Me”, is filled with real emotion, powerful lyrics and a level of genuine spirituality that’s as rare as their combined pool of talent

Made up of three dynamic young Capetonians, Tarryn Lamb, Samantha Heldsinger and Tamsyn Maker, BlackByrd have spent the past three years working towards the moment when EMI Music signed them to their major label at the beginning of the year.

Since January 2012, the group, along with promoter and music-industry veteran Mike Fuller as manager, have been creating a body of work that will be released as a 13-track, Mark Beling-produced debut album this September. “Tarryn wrote all, bar one track, on the album,” Heldsinger points out. Titled Strong, BlackByrd’s debut album, like “All For Me”, is filled with real emotion, powerful lyrics and a level of genuine spirituality that’s as rare as their combined pool of talent.

In finding a track that spoke to the overall message BlackByrd hope to achieve when Strong is released next month, country classic “Reason To Believe” immortalised by Rod Stewart was an obvious choice, especially when it came to lyrics that speak a thousand words each time the song is played.

Lamb and Heldsinger first met while studying at Cape Town’s Waterfront Theatre School. The two quickly struck up a relationship that evolved into a group when B.Com graduate Maker completed their musical circle. “Mike, our manager, helped shape BlackByrd,” Maker recalls. “We all took acoustic guitar lessons, adding to our dynamic, and they’ve found their way into our live performances now too.”

After three years together the trio have “come into our own,” Lamb says. “We’re definitely on the right road. With EMI behind us now we have a great team of people supporting our every move.”

“We’ve grown together as a group,” Heldsinger adds. “Our sound has evolved too.” “All For Me” as well as all the tracks that make up their stellar debut are weighted in real content and messages that everyone who hears will share a genuine affinity towards...

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