Celebrated contemporary jazz artist Fiona Ross returns with the aptly named album Red Flags and High Heels – a 14-track project that drips with the sophistication and wry charm that’s come to adorn Ross to audiences across the world.
Reviving the Rita Hayworth golden era of female icons, Ross’ irresistibly anachronistic charm dresses the very best of 21st Century production with the gritty fun of a smoky ballroom with an otherworldly woman to lead it all.
Sentimental at heart, it is no surprise that the musicians Fiona works with on her self-composed, arranged, and produced music are her previous students. With talent to spare, Ross previously served as Head of British Academy of New Music where she looked after artists such as Ed Sheeran and Rita Ora, after herself training at the Arts Educational School with the notable Julie Andrews, Angel Lansbury, and Catherine Zeta Jones amongst their alumni.
Red Flags and High Heels serves as the perfect demonstration of Ross’ range. From rip-roaring, swing inspired powerhouses to an emotional piece dedicated to the artist’s mother, the album takes listeners on a whirlwind journey through sentimentality and inspired production.
The piece follows the success of Fiona’s previous album Fierce and Non Compliant and earlier discography for which she was awarded International Female Singer Songwriter of the Year 2020 (International Singer Songwriter Association), Global Music award for ‘Fierce and Non-Compliant’, Best Jazz Song (World Songwriting Awards), Parliamentary Jazz Media Award for Women in Jazz Media, and a Global Music Award for ‘Fiona Ross: the Live Sessions’.
A child of the stage, Fiona grew up training in the arts and performing across the West End, adverts, and films, landing her first lead at the age of 8. Now, Red Flags and High Heels is every bit the product of a true artist spending their lifetime honing their craft and listeners can expect nothing less.
“Music has always been who I am and what I do. I have been very, very fortunate in that respect and strive to use my platform as an advocate for equality and diversity for all.”
All songs written, arranged and produced by Fiona Ross
Fiona Ross (Vocals and Piano)
Gibbi Bettini (Guitar) Derek Daley (Bass)
Marley Drummond (Drums) Loren Hignell (Saxophones)
Dave Boa (Trumpets)
Ashaine White (Saxophone on ‘You Can Smile’ and Backing Vocals)
Simon Todd and Warren Woodcraft (Percussion)
Band Banter: Everyone
Engineered and recorded at Studio XYZ by Gibbi Bettini Mixed at Highfield Studio by Warren Woodcraft and Elliot Richardson
Mastered by Nick Watson at Fluid Mastering
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