IN today’s plastic, auto tuned world Selkie stands out like a beacon of light above the MTV masses, creating music meant to touch the heart and soul. The husky-voiced singer-songwriter has a soul as old the oceans and an uncanny song-writing ability that is sure to raise even the most limp of hairs.
Selkie (AKA Jess Yallup) first made waves in the music community in 2010, winning many South African hearts with her honest performances as she placed 7th in the 6th season of Idols South Africa. Following her success on Idols, Selkie returned to the water becoming the first South African singer/guitarist to be placed with Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise line company.
Selkie’s talents have not gone unnoticed and have secured her numerous performance contracts over the last five years in the Middle East, Seychelles and across West Africa.
In 2012 Selkie recorded her first single ‘Your Eyes’, produced by Stuart Epps (Robbie Williams, Oasis), which won her the SingerUniverse competition in June 2012. The competition is run and judged by Dale Kawashima, a leading A&R consultant and music publisher, who has represented the music of Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan, amongst others.
Aiming to take her career those few steps further Selkie signed a record deal with Stone Studios International in January 2014.
Selkie is currently nearing completion of recording her debut full-length album Salt alongside producer Rudi Massyn (Kinky Robot, Van Smith, Joe F). The album features 12 tracks, all penned by the soulful singer herself, that cover a vast expanse of varying genres and moods, whilst retaining a consistently emotional folk-infused sound unlike anything the South African commercial scene has produced.
Selkie’s hauntingly beautiful voice and considerable song-writing skills will soon be pervading the international market and airwaves, with Salt being scheduled for release in Q2 2014.
Selkie on Salt :
Salt is an album that has been a long time in the making. The material was written over the last six years, largely while I was out on the open ocean. The sound on the album draws a lot from my Celtic heritage but also from being out at sea. The name Salt refers to the impact being out on the ocean had on me but at the same time refers the salt of the earth – I’m trying to give the world an unpretentious representation of who I am.
Selkie Album Update.
We’ve been baking up a storm here in Johannesburg. And by baking - I’m referring to the production/creation of my debut LP of course. The Kitchen has been Stone Studios Intl - The Chief, Rudi Massyn - and I hold the recipes & my large magic spoon. This will be an assortment of treats for your ears.
We’re pretty much done with the foundation of the cakes - Preproduction phase complete. We now have to ice them up & get onto the yummy stuff. Layering them with hundreds and thousands here and choc chips there - adding the cherries on top… a squeeze of lemon perhaps… some peppermint … maybe a little vanilla … love… tears… a pinch of sea salt…
We’ll be saying ‘Bon Appetit’ in no time.
Forever grateful for your support.
Oh BTW: Did i tell you guys I’ve already got my flights booked for Miami in May?
i was very excited to hear The Breeze will be hosting exclusive concerts for some awesome artists - including KANSAS, LADY ANTEBELLUM & JENNIFER HUDSON. It’s all part of their new Carnival ‘LIVE’ Tours on the fleet. You can check out more - including my ports of call - at www.carnival.com. See you there! x
Very excited about my first full album under Stone Studios international. Just begun pre-production in JHB. Life has been too kind. I sign onto the Carnival Breeze out of Miami in May
With a little less than 3 days left of 2013, I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU to everyone who made my year such a memorable experience … & to wish you all the very best for ,what is surely going to be ,another brilliant year!
I will be recording an album in JHB South Africa for the first quarter of 2014 before heading West again.
Don’t forget to like and share my Facebook page. It would mean a lot to me.
2014 here we come! :)
Just signed off in Jacksonville Florida - and begun my Vacation in NYC.
What a change it has been going from 7 months in the warm islands to a Wintery Big Apple.
I Arrived here with a full head of dreads & a very happy boyfriend!
First SA gig in 2 weeks time in Newcastle KZN.
Please join me on my vacation at http://instagram.com/ : I’m under SelkieOfficial :) x
I am pleased to say that I have run out of EP CD’s aboard the Fascination. Your support has been tremendous guys. You guys rock!
Couldn’t buy a CD ashore?
No worries: Surf over here: selkieofficial.bandcamp.com
A Million Thanks again, and more.
From Mid- May I join Carnival Cruise Lines in Florida USA to become the first South African Singer/guitarist in their fleet & A Selkie at Sea!
ONESHOTSESSIONS features SELKIE singing her original composition The Wet Letter.
20 March 2013 | 2 Oceans Aquarium | Cape Town South Africa |
(Notice how the Shark lingers behind to hear the last line…)
Happy March Everyone!
march 1 |märCH|
verb [ no obj. ]
• walk or proceed quickly and with determination: she marched into the recording studio.
march 2 |märCH|
the third month of the year. March was the month to complete an E.P
All going wells bells for March.
Thoroughly enjoying my time in the Studio with Roger Scheepers.
PLUS! Very stoked to be Music X Ray’s featured artist this week.
Check out the interview here, http://ow.ly/ivWKY & let me know what you think at email@example.com :-)
Big Love <3
What is a Selkie?
A selkie is a mythical creature who lives primarily as a seal, but can assume human form by removing its seal skin. Many stories and ballads about the creatures can be found in Ireland and Scotland. Selkies are closely affiliated with seafaring communities, where many people see and interact with seals on a regular basis.
The word Selkie is a diminutive form of the Scots word for seal, selk or selch, which is derived from seolh, the Old English term for a seal. According to many of the ballads about the creatures, selkies may periodically emerge from the water to interact with humans, but they do not form lasting relationships, returning to the sea after a brief period. To prevent a selkie from escaping, the seal skin can be concealed or destroyed.
Many of the stories about selkies are romantic tales, either about fishermen who become captivated by the beauty of female selkies, or wives who are frustrated with their absent husbands and their encounters with male selkies. In many of these tales, the skin of the selkie is hidden, and the selkie may settle with his or her spouse for years, producing children and living among the rest of the village. Selkie spouses are said to be rather sad and sometimes lonely, however, as they pine for the sea.
Should a captured selkie find its skin, the creature will return to the sea, which is its natural home. According to myth, once a selkie has returned to the sea, seven years will pass before he or she is seen again. Like other half human, half animal creatures in mythology, selkies seem to struggle with their dual identities, and it is interesting to note that, given the opportunity, they will return to their animal forms.
The origins of the selkie myth are unclear. Some people have suggested that the selkies may have been inspired by real people such as explorers who wore heavy furs and stopped at the Orkney Islands. Other mythologists believe that selkies really did spring from legend. Many of the beliefs around the animals suggest that they are the reincarnations of people lost at sea, or that they are humans trapped in the form of seals.
I’m very excited to say that recording has begun for album and the tracks are sounding incredible.
I fell in love at least 8 times over the weekend because of all the beautiful gear and instruments I had access to… A big thanks to Roger Scheepers for his mastery and the guys at SAE Cape Town for allowing us to use the studio.