Music Video: Nuela Charles ft Darren Frank - Unfortunate Love
Combining elements of hip-hop, pop, jazz, R&B and soul in a sound she describes as 'soul music - in every sense', Canadian, Swiss and Kenyan born singer/songwriter Nuela Charles has been building her profile on the Canadian music scene, the three-time Edmonton Music Award Winner recently releasing the video for her song 'Unfortunate Love', its retro-soul vibe and insistently marching piano framing the poignantly despairing vocals of Charles and Darren Frank in a melancholic duet as they ruminate on an unrealized love, Charles telling CBC Music that the song 'stemmed from experiences in relationships by the people around me and by myself. Things don't always work out the way you want...'.
Charles describes her influences as 'really eclectic...growing up I was really big into the heavy, like, screamo music...and then I was into a lot of , like, old school, like, bluesy rock like Stevie Ray Vaughn..he influenced John Mayer and Johnny Lang and all those kind a guys, I just love that, just the rawness of what they can bring and create great pop songs at the same time...of course your soul singers, back in the day, and even your contemporaries like Jill Scott, Erykah Badu...all of those, each unique in their own way, and they bring their own thing to the table'.
Having released 'A Different Kind Of Fire' in 2010, and 'The Golden Story' EP in 2011, her 2012 Edmonton Music Prize nominated album 'Aware' saw her faced with the prospect of having to write new material from scratch, posing the question for Charles of what she wanted to say, 'I didn't want to write, you know, your standard love song...I wanted it to have a depth and actually mean something to me five or ten years down the road'.