Underscored by the fiery vocals and political lyrics of Natalie Paapaa, you can hear the afro-beat, reggae, world and Latin influence, but the band has created a distinctly original sound. A refreshing take on roots music, uniquely Australian yet with an unquestionable international feel.
The band’s beginnings are with Carlo Santone and Natalie Paapaa - the two founding and songwriting members of the band. Their sound, attitude and approach has come from years of playing music on the streets, performing day in day out for years, developing a sound and vibe as percussionists that would inevitably form the foundation for Blue King Brown.
Front woman, Natalie Paapaa, delivers and empowers, stating - “It’s as much about the music as it is about the message.”
This is music for the times, Blue King Brown took their stance with their first single ‘WATER’, releasing the punchy track with strong lyrics and heavy groove from their debut EP in 2005, the track was quickly added to high rotation on Australian national radio station - Triple J. This song also went on to win an APRA songwriters award in 2005 and an AIR Chart award in 2006.
The band backed up their first EP release with a tough debut album titled ‘STAND UP’, independently released in October 2006 through their own label, ROOTS LEVEL RECORDS. The album has received mass critical acclaim with ‘come and check your head’, the first single off the album hitting hard!
“The revolution will be televised, dance-hall style.” - Tsunami Magazine
“Never has a lesson/protest song been so infectiously delivered.” - Drum Media.
The track went to high rotation on radio Triple J, also making the hottest 100 list for 2006. STAND UP was a Feature Album on Triple J and also received a J Award Nomination 2006 – Triple J’s Australian Album of the year. Along with national radio, the album has been a staple on country wide community stations. With 3 single releases all gaining solid airplay, this strong debut album from BKB sets the stage for what is destined to be a big future for the band.
“It was almost as if the whole building itself was grooving to their entrancing beats and inspiring lyrics.
Blue King Brown provided what they do best, transporting listeners into another world…” - Fasterlouder.com
“Blue King Brown are people magnets. Within seconds of walking on stage there was a rush to the dance floor. It was a frantic night of dancing and a solid performance from a band whose star is forever rising higher.” - Tsunami
Originally a 5 piece, now ranging from a 7 – 9 piece band, they are known for their full force, high energy, live show.
In their short time on the touring circuit, BLUE KING BROWN have established themselves as a revered name in the Australian music scene and have amassed a solid national following. They've had consistent radio airplay nationally and have proven themselves in Australia as ‘in demand’ and successful touring Artists forming a long list of major festival appearances including the East and West Coast Blues & Roots festival, Womadelaide, Falls festival, Southbound, Woodford folk fest, Internationally at Japan’s Summer Sonic & Green Room festival and Fiji’s World Music Festival just to name a few.
With an impressive heavy touring schedule that covers major venues around the country and many sell out shows, they are strong believers of taking the music to the people, not only doing major city runs but touring hard regionally as well. They’ve opened for acts such as Michael Franti & Spearhead, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, John Butler Trio, The Cat Empire and Cody Chesnutt among others. Having now generated International interest, they are set to take their sound abroad. Hard hitting lyrics and groove, socially aware and active, Blue King Brown is a band that walks their talk. There could be no better choice as representatives of Australia’s creative and flourishing roots scene.
Natalie Paapaa - Vocals, Guitar :: Carlo Santone – Bass :: Salvador Persico – Percussion :: Pete Wilkins – Drums
Sam Cope – Keyboards :: Hailey Cramer - Backing Vocals :: Ngaiire - Backing Vocals
More info at: www.bluekingbrown.com & www.myspace.com/bluekingbrown