Breaking the UK musical market coming from another country is a tough ask. No Asian artists have been able to succeed at this so far although some have got close. Leslie Loh made the top of the Music Week charts with a track, Boom Bang Bang in August 2003 produced by [Stevie] Eagle E and Doc B. That was the first and only Chinese artist to make the top of any chart in the West and since then no has come close. Now Master Opera Singer Jane Maria feels it is her time to make history and attack the British Charts with her mixture of Classical opera and (sometimes) other genres.
Jane Maria flew over to the UK to perform at the G Salvatore Fashion showcase in Wales along with Reggae Great Toyin Adekale, Award-winning singer and songwriter Stephan Dante, Bhangra Legend Tubsy Dholki Walla and American rap star BWA Kane.
The event was a great success and now Jane Maria is ready to try and do something in the UK. Jane Maria is collaborating with Grammy award-winning producers as well as great artists from Pop, Reggae soul, and RnB. Her new album will be mostly classical but expect a few twists and turns as she is working with Stevie Eagle E from Shlepp Entertainment and anything can happen.
We spoke to Stevie Eagle E at his studio in London he told us:
The classical world is a very closed world and although I have done some classical things I did not want to completely go there with Jane Maria. I know her album will be mostly amazing classical opera, but what I am doing will be something a little different. I am looking at doing what I do best, fusing and mixing genres and style to come up with something a little different that I hope will go down with people who love classical, but mostly with people who just love music. So watch this space.
We asked Stevie Eagle E what he thought of Jane Maria’s chances of breaking in the UK giving it has never been done by a Chinese artist before?
Look, someone has to do it. I have come real close with artists like Leslie Loh and Ayi Jihu and even Shim Mina from South Korea. I do not see why Jane Maria cannot get it done. To me, there are a lot of factors involved but in the end, it comes down to the music being right.
For more information on Jane Maria visit her website www.Janemaria.com
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Pictures by Marcin Daleki and Shlepp Entertainment.