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Cleo releases her debut single 'Never The Right Time' on July 2nd through Island Records, a track which has already gained early spins from BBC Radio 1Xtra and Radio 1 as well as being added straight to Choice FM’s playlist.
Having been spotted by veteran underground producer, Davinche (Kano’s P’s & Q’s) after she posted a few tracks online, ‘Cleo Sol’ was born (the Sol paying homage to her sunny Spanish heritage). This relationship proved to be instrumental in putting her in the frame with some of the most impressive names on the UK urban scene including Tinie Tempah (she featured on ‘Tears’), Wretch 32’s ‘Dancefloor’, Bashy's ‘Riding for Love’ and of course Davinche’s ‘Hero’. In 2010, Cleo also featured on ‘Give a Little Love’ with Roll Deep and Wretch 32.
It’s clear that Cleo’s made an impression on the artists that she’s worked with, gaining their support and earning her stripes in the UK urban music scene. Tinie Tempah says, 'I close my eyes and hear the voice of a soul diva. I open them and see one of the UK’s brightest rising stars,’ and Wretch 32 has said that, ‘Cleo has the coolest style and the most beautiful vocal. Her vibe makes me vibe and the whole room smile.’
'Never The Right Time' is Cleo Sol's statement of intent; reminiscent old skool 70s soul meets Crazy In Love confidence, making a first impression with more soul than than your mum's Sunday cooking.
Cleo’s independent debut single ‘High’, achieved great underground success having been A Listed on BBC Radio 1Xtra and Choice FM. The video, set in West London, amounted over 195,000 hits on YouTube and lead her to the stages of T4 On The Beach and Lovebox in 2011.
Cleo was raised in Ladbroke Grove by musical parents and has settled on a sound that reflects her unique heritage (her mother is half Serbian, half Spanish and her father is Jamaican). She's that girl from school who always dared to be different, with a retro style that says New York block party with a touch of St Martin's college reunion. “If all else fails, it’s all about the big hair and big earrings” she says.
For all those girls singing their hearts out in front of the mirror, you might just have a new diva to deliver that song to.