Nuela Charles - "Fever (Independent) No, this is not a version of the Peggy Lee classic, but is an original track on The Grand Hustle, the just-released second album from this soulful singer/songwriter.
Charles explains that “'Fever' was written out of a moment of frustration, and sometimes out of frustration we run. We run away from something, or we run to something. The video represents us all. With the direction of Steven Hope, we were able to capture a sense of urgency, emotion and togetherness, which I feel like is needed now more than ever. "
The neatly-crafted and well-produced cut strikes us as having real airplay potential.
The Edmonton-based Charles was a 2011 and 2013 Western Canadian Music Award nominee for Urban Recording of the Year. She first made a major mark with 2012 debut album Aware, a disc that found favour with the CBC and earned TV placements on VH1, MTV, Showtime, and more.
Look for her new material to also receive a warm reception. Charles describes The Grand Hustle as "the result of four very transformative years. Through discovery, love, loss, and recovery I have learned to fight for what I want."
Charles plays the Needle Vinyl Tavern in Edmonton on Nov. 26.