She wrote on walls, bed sheets, tissue boxes, tables… all extensions of her notepad as far as she was concerned! At age 11, the family were facing financial hardships and so the idea of putting Rabia through any sort of music performance school was out of the question. Rabia used this as a positive thing during her time at school in Mill Hill, North London. She focused on the music she loved, submerging herself in the soul/neo-soul scene of Jill Scott, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Mary J Blige, Boys II Men, Dru Hill and many others that were pioneering the movement at the time. Through this she found her own voice. After completing her degree at University College London, she thought the only option was to begin a corporate path of the 9-5 which she did for 3 years.
She continued to write music and sing whenever she could but always felt that she wasn’t giving it the time it deserved. In the summer of 2009 she decided it was time for her to quit her job and finish what she had started 14 years prior, and dedicate her life to music. So then… Starting from scratch, having never before been exposed to anything to do with the music industry, Rabia went about putting together some of the finest musicians to make her music come alive – making invaluable contacts and friends along the way. Two years on Rabia has worked with, performed and/or recorded with some of London’s top session musicians, writers and producers including: Simon Carter (Jamiroquai, Pussy Cat Dolls, Anastasia) Ashley K. Davis (Stevie Wonder, Bono) Brendan Reilly (Basement Jaxx) Annabel Williams (Alison Moyet, Rumer) Dale Davis (Amy Winehouse) James Ahwai (Sophie Ellis Bextor) Natalie Williams (Soul Family Sundays) Dave Troke (Donna Summer) Phil Braithwaite (Four Tops) Ed Williams (Mike Alison, Scott James) James Oscroft (Dancing On Ice) Emma Stevens (Andrew Muir) Alexei Elfenbein (Patrice) Rabia has a busy gigging schedule every month packing out venues across London 3-4 times a week. Some of the more recent events/venues include: Ronnie Scotts Shoreditch House The Bedford Balham Favella Chic Raffles Chelsea Regal Rooms Troy Bar Under One Sky Festival Gia London Fashion Show It’s the purity of Rabia’s spirit levelled with her take no prisoners attitude that has some of London’s most established musicians, songwriters and producers banging down the door to work with her.
Rabia hopes to continue to build on her success which will undoubtedly bring her music into the hearts of anyone that let’s her in. Rabia is now embarking on a host of tours across the UK and Europe in 2011 with her 8 piece band promoting her debut E.P ‘Stand Up’. With her own variety of sleazy rock, dirty soul and moody ballads you are guaranteed to become addicted to that hit of adrenalin you get from watching any of Rabia’s live shows. Unfortunately you can’t check into rehab for this addiction! Her current live band NuRotic features some of the best young musicians from around London and some of the sexiest boys and girls in town! They promise to blow your mind and put a smile on your face! Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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