*British singer and songwriter, Babs Savage, is riding the success of her latest single “La La.” The song continues to garner airplay, climb music charts, and has become a favorite spin for club and dance house DJs around the globe, including in America.
Arranged and produced by native Chicagoan Rickey Rainbow for Savage Entertainment Records, “La La” is a smooth, up-tempo dance tune, ironically, influenced by the 1968 love ballad, “La La Means I Love You,” recorded by “The Delfonics.”
“La La,” an original tune penned by Savage and Rainbow, begins with the sampling of “The Delfonics,” whose members at the time of their smash hit consisted of William Hart, Wilbert Hart, and Randy Cain. The legendary group’s signature smooth harmony is also sampled in the song’s hook in a faint secondary to Savage’s dominant lead vocals and her vibrant background singers, all arranged by Rainbow.
Building on the success of “La La,” Savage and Rainbow have released a video, which made its world premiere recently on Lee Bailey’s EURweb.com.
“My video debuting on EURweb.com was very lovely,” Savage told Bailey recently by phone from London. “Thank you so much Lee. I’m very pleased with the video and its world premiere.”
According to Savage, the music video was shot in Los Angeles. The storyline is a fun take on her portraying an undercover secret agent who renders enemies powerless with her mesmerizing eyes. The video is actually more like a short film and gives viewers a James Bond styled story, captured in the mindset of a 1960s comic strip. The video was directed by Iggi Ogard, an award-winning director and editor, with a deep body of work in music videos, television shows and on-air promotions.
“Rickey Rainbow, who is my producer and business partner, and I both love James Bond and the action hero types of films,’ Savage said. “We went to Iggi with the idea of doing this type of video. The film has so much character that it became less of an urban dance video and became a short film. In the end, it’s an agglomeration of what we wanted. I really like it. It’s funny, quirky, and good fun entertainment.”
While it was fun shooting the video, Savage said it had its moments of labor.
“We shot the video in 22 hours over two days in Los Angeles,” recalled Savage. “It was hot. I was in a cat suit, with these really high heel shoes on, and had to do takes running up a fire escape and down steps. There was no stunt double for me. I had to do the scenes, even if it killed me.”
Born and raised in England, Savage grew up in a family that was musically talented and had a great appreciation for the full arts. She was exposed to every genre of music that England offered, including jazz, opera, pop, R&B and funk. Singing in her church choir also added to and empowered her vocal repertoire.
When Savage was 15, she formed a funk and R&B band called “Savajazz,” which played venues throughout greater London. She would later attend Central School of Speech and Drama, a prestigious institution in London, where she studied acting and directing.
Savage is greatly aware of England’s long list of female singers who have made international impacts over the past 50 years. Such singers include Shirley Bassey, Petula Clark, Lisa Stansfield, the late Amy Winehouse, Estelle, Adele, and more.
“British female singers are not afraid of baring our souls in our music,” said Savage, with a tone of pride. “When we sing, the warmth, honesty, and rawness just come through.”
With a fresh, jazzy and R&B voice rooted in urban rawness, Savage feels that she can hold her own on the international stage.
“Just say that I’m going to be around,” she said with a laugh. “I’m not going anywhere. Watch out for me, because I’m going to be right in your face, and you’re going to like that.”
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