After hearing the name "Keedie" mentioned a few times here and there on these boards I decided to check her out.
Keedie Babb is (I think) about seventeen and she sings both classical and pop.
Clips are only available of two of her songs, "Time to say goodbye" and "I believe my heart." I think it would be a good idea for them to add clips to her other songs like "Pie Jesu" and "O Mio Babbino Caro" as well.
She seems to ocassionally use to much vibrato and of course, she looks exactally like a pop star! lol. But she has a very lovely voice and I can definately see why EMI signed her!
Her pop voice was very nice to, although I guess I'm just naturally prejudice, I prefer the classical one!
I'm the webmaster with Andy of Keedie-online. She is actually 23
Obviously I love her to bits I like both her pop voice and her classical, both are very nice. Her pop voice I find very soothing actually. She can just do whatever style of music she wants and that is what will keep her going. I agree that her vibrato can be eccessive at times but I have just got used to it from listening to her too much lol.
She did the Madonna cover very well. I don't think Madonna is the strongest of singers and it's nice to hear that lovely song done really well. Also, I don't think anyone should ever be covering Enya but she pulls it off. I still prefer Enyas version though.
She seems to add something different to each of the classic songs. I like how she has translated the Flower Duet, Un Bel Di and Ave Maria into English (the only version of Ave Maria I enjoy actually).
What I like most about Keedie though is using her classically trained voice with a pop backdrop; the songs like 'Star In You', 'All Because Of You' and 'My Reason' are my absolute favourites of the album. I do like a mixture of pop and classical elements and I think she makes a fine result of it.
Oops, I thought I had spoken about Keedie here but it seems I have not so let's put that right straight away.
I bought her CD within a few days of its release. I had never heard of her, I just saw it on the rack in a local store, thought it looked interesting and bought it on impulse. I was emailing a friend when I first heard it and described what I heard. After just a few notes of the introduction to Ave Maria, I clearly remember saying something like, "Wow, this is gorgeous". Half way through that first track, I had already run out of superlatives. A few minutes later, I stopped typing and was compelled to give it my full attention.
I was really impressed with the quality of Keedie's voice and her ability to sing virtually anything. But I don't listen to music to be impressed, I listen to it for pleasure. I can honestly say that 'I Believe My Heart' gave me more pleasure the first time I heard it than any album has done for many years with the exception of anything by Hayley.
For anyone who likes good quality vocals but not necessarily operatic (although she can sing that too), I urge you to listen to Keedie. Like me, you will probably love her.
I've finally managed to watch Keedie's video clips by downloading the Windows Media Player from the BBC News web site:- news.bbc.co.uk/
Personally I think her voice and looks are more suitable for pop music than classical, but she's certainly a good singer. I wish Keedie good luck with her career, and I hope she can get that elusive break.
I saw Keedie in concert for the first time last night. She honestly seems like a modest, genuine kind girl. I was at the railings of the stage and she was just so happy. She loved being up there. She was waving and smiling frantically all the time. She even beamed whilst singing. She absolutely adored 'Vissi D'arte', she was so infectious and natural. She just came out in jeans (with holes in them) and a chavvy top. She looked very comfortable and she loved the crowd. I don't think a lot of the people were there to see her (she is overshadowed by Katherine Jenkins and G4) but she got thunderous applause. I thought she sang Katherine off the stage. I knew she was a fantastic singer, but it was only last night that I really appreciated her talent. Absolutely amazing. A fine performer.
That takes me back to the night I saw Keedie in the Classic Response concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Her excitement at just being there was very apparent and almost infectious. It was rather lovely to witness it and made her performance all the more enjoyable. A remarkable singer indeed.
Second album has not been mentioned to us yet, but Maria (her Mum) has said that she has recorded two songs: Nessun Dorma and another one originally written, I have forgotten by who and it wasn't given a title. I think she is still too busy touring for an album. She is yet to get her name really out there before she can release another one I think?