Azadeh is a singer songwriter from London. Born to Iranian parents, she spent most of her childhood listening to Persian music and poetry, as well as a wide range of Western Blues, Jazz and Rock. Her influences include Radiohead, Nina Simone, PJ Harvey, Michael Jackson, Jeff Buckley and Elbow. She says ‘Before discovering the artists I truly admire, I remember buying albums and skipping straight to the ballads and waiting impatiently to be moved; I was looking for the nostalgia I found so enchanting about Persian music.’
Azadeh learnt piano at a young age and taught herself guitar after her mother came home from work one evening with a classical guitar somebody was giving away. She then began to turn her poetry into song and wrote her first song at the age of 15. Azadeh moved to Scotland to study in Edinburgh, where she went on national tour with a group of musicians, as well as performing as part of a duo and solo, supported Nizlopi and went on to win a national acoustic competition with Emergenza. ‘I had always been too shy to expose myself and my songs to the world, but from the response to my music, I realised that this is what I needed to do and that now there is no way of turning back.’
Returning to London, she formed her own band who played a highly tipped monthly residency in Shoreditch. Azadeh was recently writing for and performing with a female vocal group; opening for Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra Tour and supporting folk legend Tom Paxton and Status Quo. She was commissioned to do an arrangement of one of Jools Holland’s songs as part of the tour. ‘Being asked to rearrange one of Jools’ songs is definitely up there in the top three golden moments of my life.’ Azadeh has become a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has played festivals and venues including the Secret Garden Party, Kew the Music Festival and The Union Chapel. She is now in the process of recording her debut solo album, having collaborated with the likes of Oi Va Voi and other talented musicians in London and Los Angeles. Combining poetic lyricism and technical skill, Azadeh takes us on a journey of freedom and desire with a voice that holds audiences captive. This year sees Azadeh debuting her brand new songs, ahead of her album release.
Azadeh will be supporting Deacon Blue’s 25th anniversary on her first ever solo tour this October.