Biography

As well as fronting one of the UK’s key bands, Skin is a multi-talented artist, a fashion icon, a renowned DJ, a charity activist and an inspiring role model for different generations of fans. Born and brought up in Brixton, south London, SKin defied expectations as a black woman vocalist by diving headlong into hardcore rock, rather than becoming a soul session singer. In 1992 Skin gave up her career as an interior designer to write songs and devote herself to music. She played in bands on the North London indie scene before joining forces with bass player Cass and guitarist Ace to form Skunk Anansie.

A multi-racial band with a sound that intertwined brooding, funky beats with edgy lyrics, driving riffs and fragile ballads, Skunk Anansie broke barriers from the start. In the 90s Skunk Anansie dominated the album charts with Paranoid and Sunburnt (1995), Stoosh (1995) and Post Orgasmic Chill (1996). In 2001, Skin launched her solo career, releasing and touring the albums Fleshwounds in 2003 and Fake Chemical State in 2006. Spawning the hit single Trashed, Fleshwounds was a pared-down, soulful album. Skin describes it as ‘very down-tempo’. Fake Chemical State saw her in a more upbeat, mischievous mood.As well as fronting one of the UK’s key bands, Skin is a multi-talented artist involved in varied projects. She has played out at classic venues like Club Q in Zurich, with such DJs as Martin Buttrich, Clive Henry, Smokin Jo and Luciano. She has contributed guest vocals to numerous projects including Carmen Queasy for Maxim and Meat for Tony Iommi.

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