UK: Warner Chappell Music sign Ivor Novello award winner Shaznay Lewis


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Warner Chappell Music, the publishing arm of Warner Music Group, today announced the signing of Brit Award and Ivor Novello Award winning artist and songwriter Shaznay Lewis.

Lewis is best known for being the founding member and main songwriter in the girl group All Saints. She co-wrote most of the songs on the group’s 5x Platinum self-titled debut album and its number one follow up Saints And Sinners, as well as the number one singles ‘Never Ever’, ‘Bootie Call’ and ‘Pure Shores’.

Lewis has also written a number of songs for other artists including ‘How Ya Doin’?’ for Little Mix and the BRIT nominated single ‘Black Heart’ for Stooshe. In 2019, Lewis co-wrote the theme music to Netflix’s original series Turn Up Charlie, alongside Idris Elba.

Lewis was brought into Warner Chappell by Emily Foreman, who has recently re-joined the company as Creative Manager, reporting into the UK Head of A&R, Amber Davis.

Shaznay Lewis said: “After speaking to Emily, Amber and Paul (Smith) I knew that Warner Chappell would be the perfect place to look after my back catalogue and will be a great support in my work going forward. I’ve been working on a lot of great song ideas and I’m looking forward to developing them with the Chappell team.”

Amber Davis added: “We couldn't be happier with Shaznay joining the Warner Chappell roster, her catalogue is timeless and one of the classics of the ‘90s period. The team is excited to get to work placing her iconic songs in new and interesting places. We're over the moon that Emily was able to make this her first catalogue and futures signing so quickly after re-joining the team and that we’re able to work with Fascination Management on another writer.”

Lewis founded All Saints in 1993 and released their eponymous debut album in 1997. All Saints was a massive hit, peaking at number two and going on to become the UK's third best-selling girl group album of all time. The album included three number one singles, two of which were written by Lewis – ‘Never Ever’ and ‘Bootie Call’. ‘Never Ever’ is the UK’s second biggest-selling girl group single of all time and earned the group two BRIT wins for Best British Single and Best British Video.

All Saints released Saints And Sinners in 2000, which topped the UK charts and included ‘Pure Shores’ which was co-written by Lewis. The track was an international hit, landing at number one in six countries and in the Top 10 in a further 12. It also earned Lewis an Ivor Novello Award and was nominated for two BRITs.

In 2004, Lewis released her debut solo single, ‘Never Felt Like This Before’, which entered the UK Top 10 and peaked at number eight. She released her first solo album, Open, later that year.

All Saints reunited in 2016 with the release of a new album, Red Flag, which was entirely written by Lewis alongside a string of collaborators. The album proved to be another hit as it charted at number three. Lewis again co-wrote every song on 2018’s Testament which received wide critical acclaim and topped the UK Independent Chart.

June 7, 2021 12:00am ET by Pressparty  

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