Iman Biography

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Band Members

Vocals - IMAN
Keys - Andy
Guitar - David
Bass - Will
Drums - Josh


Sometimes taking a gamble pays off. At the age of sixteen, singer-songwriter Iman decided to leave home to build a career in music. Her then hometown of Hounslow was hardly an inspiring hotbed of creativity, while her family simply couldn’t comprehend her dream. Naïve as to the workings of the industry, she stepped out alone on a path of independence. Now, just a few years later and against all odds, Iman’s ambitions have almost been realised as she puts the finishing touches on her debut album.

Iman did everything she could to get to where she is today. While undertaking a music course at university, she worked two jobs and developed her own studio, all the while striving to ensure that her songwriting reached its full potential. One particularly extreme example of her dedication came when Iman was asked to perform a short set on vocals and guitar. Although blessed with the gift of a soaring vocal talent, she had never played guitar. In three tough weeks of self-learning, Iman progressed from being an absolute beginner to being competent enough to play the show.

Eventually Iman’s devotion earned its rewards. Gilles Peterson recognised her talent and featured her on his acclaimed Brownswood Bubblers album concept. Her song was also released as the first single. Iman’s songs also transcended their humble roots: one of her compositions went to number 1 in the charts after being selected for the winner of Italy’s X-Factor series, another earned a similar selection for Germany’s Pop Idol.

Inspired by artists as varied as Lauren Hill, Akala, Adele and Joni Mitchell, Iman is fiercely individualistic: a singer-songwriter who fuses her captivating melodic tendencies with twisted soul inspired by the cultural mass of London life. Having recently worked on material for her debut album with an enviable list of talent including Jim Duguid (Paulo Nutini) John Fortis (The Noisettes, Razorlight) Jim Irvin and Julian Emery (Lissie) and Ed Sheeran, Iman’s initial gamble now looks like the decision of a lifetime.

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