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Robin McKelle premieres 'Stand Up' exclusively on The Telegraph

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Robin McKelle is no ordinary singer. She's firmly rooted in soul, but with a hint of jazz and blues that make her work so thrilling. If you see her perform, you could even go as far as suggesting she is a rock chick at heart. Influenced musically by her church choir-singing mother, she became intrigued by jazz harmonies, and as a teenager she  began to reveal her talent by performing in local R&B groups. After taking third place in the 2004 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition, McKelle launched her solo recording career.

Her debut album, 2006's Introducing Robin McKelle, saw the singer give a new, fresh spin on old jazz songs. As she channelled Forties jazz, Sixties Motown and Stax and more, she recorded Modern Antique, then Mess Around and Soul Flower, which featured duets with Gregory Porter and Lee Fields. For her latest album McKelle has put together a collection of original songs, leading with the infectious single Stand Up. The song gives a knowing nod to the Seventies soul flavours that have serves the likes of Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson so well. Discussing The Looking Glass album, McKelle says: "After two albums oriented more toward old-school Memphis soul and Motown, I wanted to work with Steve to search for a new sound." "This new album is a shift toward music that allows me to use all the texture of my voice in a more intimate register."

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR Stand Up exclusively on The Telegraph