Speech Debelle, a Jamaican-born Briton, spent her childhood in South London, where she began dabbling with rap in her early teens but ultimately fell in love with many other genres of music.
Her first album, Speech Therapy, was released in 2009, and it was infused with the pain and anguish she experienced growing up with a father who was seldom present in her life.
The album was met with universal acclaim, but her ascent to the forefront of the music world was catalysed when the album was awarded the 2009 Mercury Prize.
But despite all of the accolades, there was no increase in sales, and the MC let it be known that she was upset with her label. Corynne Elliot, better known as Speech Debelle, released her sophomore album, titled “Freedom of Speech” which was produced by Kwes in 2012.
This album received additional critical acclaim, while also expanding Speech’s captivating flair for poetic testimonies, playful narratives, and dynamic rumination on power, politics, and pleasure.
Later on, she took a break from music for a few years so that she could pursue her other passions: her enthusiasm for the kitchen won her a spot as a semi-finalist on Celebrity MasterChef, and in 2013, her socially conscious drive led to her curating a moving exhibition of art created by prisoners for the Koestler Trust’s “The Strength and Vulnerability Bunker” at the Southbank Centre. Both of these endeavours have brought her widespread acclaim.
The song “Away From Here” will be included in her upcoming album Sunday Dinner on a Monday, which is scheduled to be released in 2023. It was mixed and mastered by Grammy-nominated and MOBO award-winning mixer and engineer Clinton McCreery (Enny, Kofi Stone, Manik MC)
Skripture (Will.i.am, Gregory Porter, Basement Jaxx) was responsible for the song’s writing and production, and Dem Drums collaborated with the artist.