Pop/R&B Vocalist Senani Adds Exotic Elements To Her Single 'Free' As She Releases Full-Length Debut 'Infinity'
A rising R&B/pop singer in Australia currently making her first inroads in the U.S., Senani (www.senani.com) engages in a beautiful fantasy in the colorful video for her infectious new single "Free"-perfectly capturing the sensual, liberating and gently exotic spirit of her music.
Senani is set to perform her single along with other music with Jim Kirby(keyboard) and John Cardoni on guitar Oct. 4-6 at The Independent Music Festival Nashville on the Music Row Outdoor Stage (1026 16th Avenue South).
As tablas and other instruments from the region of her native Sri Lanka jangle in the intro and throughout the song, the music video for Free shows her in business attire, working, frantic, on a laptop. Falling into a day dream, the hip and edgy, funky/soul vibe kicks in as she drives along the majestic Great Ocean Road south of Melbourne toward the beach, where she dances on the sand, plays in the waves, and basks in the sunshine.
Changing hair color (dig the bright red!), wardrobe changes and a few flashes of her in a jungle setting are all part of the magic as she asks the lover she imagines to take her hand and fly across the crystal sea..."on the way to the light, where freedom is calling me." Making the theme more universal, she later sings, "Freedom in life is where you want to be" --and Senani's soaring wordless vocal after singing the title says it all about her desire to transcend.
"Free' is all about freedom, being unrestricted to be who you want to be, unlimited, forgoing the roles society wants us to play," she says. "It challenges us to break the barriers and social norms including our ideas about marriage, jobs, the way the system is run and gender roles. The video represents an abandonment of these norms and running free (symbolized metaphorically) with nature along the coastal line of the great ocean road in Australia. Lyrically and musically, it gives the listener a taste of freedom from the other side."
This colorful dreamscape is an apt metaphor for the surreal way the multi-talented performer's career has exploded over the past few years. All of the groundwork and the success of Senani's individual tracks are culminating in the upcoming release of a "six pack" of singles which will later be included in her highly-anticipated debut album Infinity.
Establishing her as a true musical citizen of the world, Senani's first globally released single "Voodoo Girl" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6D0kOULdz4 ) was a hit on Australia FM Radio while its video received spins on MTV India. Two other singles, "Everything I Do" and "I Am Gone" received airplay across the country and received favorable reviews in various music magazines, includingDrum Media. Her video for "I Am Gone" aired on Australian MTV and the music program "Rage."
After previewing the album at two prominent Sydney jazz and soul venues, Blue Beat and The Basement, she took Charlie Fox from 96.1FM, a prominent local radio programmer's advice and set her sights stateside to take her career to the next level.
Senani has spent weeks at a time making contacts and performing in two of the U.S.'s most prominent music cities, Nashville and Austin. In June 2013, she spent an amazing week in Music City, meeting industry people, musicians and songwriters-and showcased at several songwriter performance nights at such venues as The Blue Bird.
Heading to Austin later in the summer, she immediately hooked up with a musician who gave her a list of all the musicians in town who could help her put a band together. Working in a duo setting, she booked gigs at the Triple Crown in nearbySan Marcos, B.D. Riley's Irish Pub on 6th Street and The Elephant Room. She has also participated in some of the city's songwriting nights as well.
"I love meeting music people in the U.S. and performing with so many great musicians here," Senani says. "My ultimate aim in visiting Nashville and Austin was not so much to become known in those places as make connections and help build support for my upcoming album and single release."