Building on the success of her current single I Want Your Soul, CAKE features the stellar line up of Gerry Leonard on guitar (David Bowie), Yuval Lion (David Byrne) on drums, Rob Calder on bass (Angus and Julie) and is fronted, produced and engineered by Pamela Sue Mann.
An intimate vocal underpins a dreamscape landscape of CAKE from the New York songwriter to create a sophisticated bee, floating around your speakers, hopping from blossoming musical orchid to orchid.
Cake is already receiving play on radio stations in the US and Mann’s music in recent years is receiving more and more media plaudits, with the likes of Classic Rock’s review editor describing her work as “Deliciously uncomfortable intimacy, keyed dreamspaces warm synthetic rhythms. Arty, avant, ambient, An altpop joy.” While renowned singer songwriter and icon, Laurie Anderson, describes Mann’s work as “a masterpiece”.
To borrow from Virginia Woolf, Pamela Sue Mann’s playful and ethereal yet profound lyrics are like “the light of a butterfly’s wing lying upon the arches of a cathedral.” There is a lightness, almost gaiety in Cake, yet there is weight and heft and gravity and timelessness too. She lyricizes about cake, but also about the universals of temptation, mistakes, and learning in the hardest ways.”
Joanne Rendell - Author of Sky Without Stars and Between Burning Worlds (Simon and Schuster)
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Mann emerged out of the ‘Berklee School of Music’ Boston MA in the 1990s. Mann has been composing music since early childhood and her college professors recognized her fluency with poetry and encouraged her to explore this gift rather than pursuing a path of conventional song writing.
As a performer, her first venture into the public eye was as the keyboardist for The Real McCoy (Arista), a German Eurodance band that toured the US and Europe, becoming Arista Recording
Artist and Viva TV’s #1 Pop Act of 1995. The band’s song ‘Another Night’ became a global top 40 hit, and their television appearances included MTV’s The Grind, the Viva TV Awards, and Pop Komm among others.
Mann went on to release her self-titled debut album in 1999, (licensed by Sony South Africa), blending elements of pop, folk and electronica. Produced in collaboration with Gerry Leonard, Pamela Sue Mann forged her signature “ethereal art pop” (-MTV) style in this work.
Returning to collaborative work before continuing with her solo recordings, Mann sang on several tracks of Suzanne Vega’s ‘Songs in Red and Gray’ album, produced by Rupert Hine, in 2002. Mann continued to participate in a European and US tour in support of the album. Mann’s backing vocals are also heard on Vega’s ‘RetroSpective’ album and Gerry Leonard’s SPOOKY GHOST ‘The Light Machine’ album. Mann’s song ‘I Quit’ was featured in the 1999 film ‘Story of a Bad Boy’, produced by Woody Allen’s film company. Mann was chosen to sing a cover of songwriter Fiona Kernaghan’s ‘Hello Spaceboy’ on the multi-artist collaborative album ‘Feeling Fiona’, released in Australia on Red Rebel Records. ‘Hello Spaceboy’ was co-produced by Mann and Mark Plati (David Bowie).
Mann’s second album ‘L’oeuf’ came out in 2007 (licensed by Red Rebel), making room for her ethereal impressionistic vocals punctuated by the panoramic soundscapes of Gerry Leonard’s guitar and Mann’s experimental keyboards.
She went on to release the concept album, ‘Revenant’, collaborating with singers, actors, and music composer David Carbonara (TV series - Mad Men).
Mann’s ongoing musical projects and collaborators include QUEENTOWN (One RPM/Sony) EP release 22 May, 2020 with Donna Lewis (I Love You Always Forever/Atlantic,) David Baron (Peter Murphy, Lumineers), Doug Yowell (Joe Jackson, Will Lee), Michael Brunnoch (David Byrne, Glen Hansard), Yuval Lion (Cibo Matto, Chrissie Hynde), Electric Penguins (Paul Murphy, Mark Cummins), Terry Edwards (Madness, Tom Waits), among others.
The QUEENTOWN ‘Beautiful Sun’ EP had an outpouring of rave reviews.
As part of her UK debut release on Maniac Squat Records, Mann recently toured the UK as a solo act, opening for Richard Strange and his all-star band performing the songs of Lou Reed. She continues to perform her music in New York City and internationally.