Mim Grey - 'Chasing Tigers'

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Mim Grey - 'Chasing Tigers'







On October 8 th 2012 Mim Grey, one of the most beautiful voices to come out of the UK in a very long time, returns with ‘Chasing Tigers’, the follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Grey Matters’.

Shortly after the release of ‘Grey Matters’ and a successful UK theatre tour, Mim hunkered down in her bedroom once again to begin the creative process that would become ‘Chasing Tigers’. The collection of beautifully hand crafted songs have a slightly earthier feel compared to the songs on ‘Grey Matters’, and finds Mim more comfortable in her own skin as you are drawn into the stories of childhood, life, love and passion.

Mim’s songwriting partner, lyricist Cori Josias, once again adds to the maturity and emotional depth of their songs, and it is clear there is a unique chemistry between the two as they produce truly timeless melodies and lyrics.

In addition to releasing ‘Chasing Tigers’, Mim will soon announce a headline tour of the UK throughout the autumn, where she’ll look build on summer tour dates supporting Tom Jones - where every night Mim was introduced as Sir Tom’s favourite singer - and Roxette, where Mim performed songs from her new album to over 100,000 people.

Already an accomplished singer-songwriter, Mim has previously performed with music luminaries such as Paul McCartney, Dave Stewart, Michael Ball and ABC. She has also recorded with the likes of Kylie Minogue and Morcheeba and performed at venues as diverse as Wembley Arena and The London Palladium. Mim has also had a Top Ten single with Mantronix and a club hit with Lee Cabrera, as well as co-writing a Kylie Minogue track, while her cover version of 'What A Difference A Day Makes' spearheaded Thomas Cook‘s Christmas ad campaign.

However, Mim’s journey as a solo artist hasn’t been an easy one. As the saying goes, Mim has truly ‘paid her dues’.

At 13, the Barnet-born teenager was suspended from school for her “dubious haircut” and left school for good aged barely 15. Shortly afterwards, her parent’s marriage crumbled, and she left home to move in with musician brothers, Paul and John Williams.

The house became a “247 party” with jam sessions into the small hours. Paul stumbled on an old song Mim had secretly recorded in her bedroom and when he played the tape everyone was up on their feet, dancing and clapping. Paul looked her straight in the eye and said, “Mim, you’ve GOT to sing.”

Mim & Paul went on to be an item for the next 6 years both on and off stage. Tragically, just when Mim’s career started to take off, Paul was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Six months later he died. Mim describes this as, without question, “the worst moment of my life.”

After Paul’s death, Mim’s career took a dive. Although she worked on endless projects, jetting off to America to work with top writers and producers, she couldn't find the magic formula. Nothing felt quite right.

When she’d all but given up, Mim met someone on a London-bound flight who was to play a big part in her future. As she began chatting with lyricist Cori Josias, she felt a deep connection, setting the stage for a formidable song writing partnership.

Meanwhile Mim fell into a Hampstead lifestyle and a volatile relationship. “I lost the plot for a while,” she admits, “I got involved with drink and drugs and my career suffered.” Fighting her way back to normality, Mim started singing at weddings to pay the bills. At one of these gigs she met the love of her life, drummer Steve Vintner. “Without Steve I wouldn’t be here today,” she says.

Steve totally fell for Mim’s voice, encouraging her to record her own album and to reconnect with her song writing soul-partner Cori Josias. Sitting round a kitchen table with a guitar and a laptop, the songs on Mim’s debut album, ‘Grey Matters’ began to take shape. Mim was soon “discovered” at London’s 606 Club where she had been singing on-and-off since her teens. Before long she was signed and whisked away to LA to work with producer's such as Derek Bramble and Rob Chiarelli, as well as LA's finest session musicians, who all helped bring ‘Grey Matters’ to life.

This time around however Mim felt more comfortable keeping things closer to home, hence recording 'Chasing Tigers' at Phoenix Sound, Pinewood Studios. More importantly, it made it possible for Mim to record the album with her own band.

Without doubt, Mim Grey has a beautiful voice, and her ability to recreate the beauty of her recorded albums in a live setting is up there with the very best, and the way she manages to turn the intricate details of her personal life into emotional heartfelt songs is something that every music lover should experience.

‘Chasing Tigers’ track-by-track synopsis:

  1. Travelling Star: “Teenage antics. About my childhood, growing up with my best mate Lucy. Lipstick, skinny jeans. Bunking off school to hang out at the record store.”

  2. Chasing That Tiger: “Total burnout!! Written about a girl who can't let go of her demons and although she wants to dream a happy ending she’s too close to burning out.”

  3. Don't Drop That Bomb: “Choose love not war.”

  4. Mr Big Man: “Two fingers to the big guys who run the music Industry. We did a homemade video with a sarcastic nod to the X Factor/Britain’s got talent.” 

  5. Chesapeake Bay: “On the road with the love of my life. This is my favourite song and is a detailed factual account of my first days abroad where I started my career in music.”

  6. Lazy Daisy: “Breaking free from the stress of life. Based upon a holiday I once had.” 

  7. Carry Me Home: “Song about being nurtured and protected by love.”

  8. Little Piece Of Glass: “Breaking free from a destructive relationship.” 

  9. Blue Dress: “Fictional ‘bunny boiler’ type song!”

  10. Melting: “Song about something we've most have tried to do in our lives, which is to try to come across as cool in the presence of some you are totally infatuated with.” 

  11. The Ways Of Love: “A springtime feel-good song based upon my childhood memories.” 

  12. Miles From Somewhere: “Coming home to someone you love. The feeling you have when you've been away for a long time and you're about to land on solid ground.”


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