Charné Vermeulen, better known as Fay Lamour, is paying homage to the upbeat jazz sound of the 1920s whilst incorporating a modern twist. The singer-songwriter, pianist and producer’s music is selfproduced with various single releases during 2018 and 2019 as well as a festival slot at the 2019/2020 Smoking Dragon Festival where she was featured on the main stage.
The rising born and bred star from Bloemfontein loved being creative and sitting behind her piano since a very young age. One of her dreams is to be as good as Miss Hazel Scott (Darling of Café Society) one day.
According to her, she would describe her sound as a classical and jazz fusion where the material consists of popular standards offering delicate and stylistic lines in a way that you can enjoy a night of jazz, gin and jitterbugging. “I love my piano and finding new contemporary ways to show my love for classic jazz standards, making the listeners feel like they’re in a smoky bar with some good old double bass, a little rhythm and a trumpet/ trombone buzzing all around,” she said.
Her new EP, which was released in July and is titled “Blue to Yellow”, has six songs on the record. These songs graciously explain the name of the record. “If you like sitting alongside a fire or teleporting yourself to another space and time, I think it’s the perfect record for you,” said Lamour.
The first half of 2020 saw the release of her debut EP, titled “Forty Second Street”, which received favourable reviews from top South African music news publications such as texxandthecity. com, among others.
Thereafter she released her singles, “Take Me Back To The Start” and “Lucy With The Fur” which gained great momentum among her fans and the music industry.
Her music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, Soundcloud. Follow her journey on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube at Fay Lamour.
Pierce van Heerden