The title is self explanatory and is a clear statement of intent but also there is a clear sound of determination and confidence. Here is someone saying that this is how I am and if you do not like it, that is fine but I am not about to change to accommodate you.
Kelly Erez is being touted as the next big thing and there is every reason to belief that this is true. ‘This Is Me’ is full of powerful ballad type tracks from ‘Letters’ to ‘Hand On My Heart’ and a cover of the Burt Bacharach classic ‘(They Long To Be) Close To You’ that allow her beautiful voice to immerse in her world of love.
With a plethora of the younger generation wanting to jump on the dance tsunami which is sweeping the UK, Erez is not only going to buck the trend, she is forging a niche as perhaps one of a very few singers that are delving into that classic Rn’B of the 90’s. But no fear while her influences are the main protagonists like Brian McKnight and others, the EP is clearly Kelly Erez.
Soft enticing vocals and poignant words are the order of the day. ‘Letters’ is a Testament to her talent the EP sees the creative juices of some of the UK’s big hitters in terms of writing: Steve Bush the writer for the brilliant Corinne Bailey Rae. Aubrey Nunn, writer for the equally brilliant and enigmatic Faithless. And Ian Carter, who has been behind some of the Sugababes’ most successful hits. Add a family connection with her sister Natalie also supplying her talents and the EP delivers as an introduction to a lady that has already got Utube (sometimes a good barometer for success) buzzing with excitement with acoustic covers of tracks like ‘Is This Love’ by Whitesnake: it’s brilliant and so is Kelly Erez.
WORDS SEMPER AZEEZ-HARRIS