Senani Releases Full Length Debut Album
Senani is feeling "Free"! Living in Australia but making inroad in the US via extended stays in Nashville and Austin, the Indie pop/R&B vocalist adds exotic elements from her Sri Lankan roots to her latest single "Free" as she gears up for the release of her highly anticipated full length debut "Infinity".
The Multi-Talented Performer, Whose Previous Single "Voodoo Girl" received FM Radio Airplay in Australia and appeared on MTV India, is also a Doctor of Integrated Medicine, practicing part time since her music career has taken off.
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.
As tablas and other instruments from the region of her native Sri Lanka jangle in the intro and throughout the song, in the music video for Free, she is seen in business attire, working frantically 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" 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, including Drum 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.