Eleven-piece Chichester soul-pop group Lem and the White Fire are about to sign a record deal with London label Lander Music.
The label has worked with Michael Jackson and John Lennon, so these are exciting times for 25-year-old Emily Parker (AKA Lem) and her band.
The whole thing began just over a year ago when songwriter Marcus Crowe came into Musicroom in Commercial Road, Portsmouth, where Lem works.
He was looking for a session singer, but was so taken with Lem that the pair began writing together.
Next, they got together a huge troupe of musicians and Lem and the White Fire was born.
‘Our songs are a mix of lots of different genres all in one. There’s R’n’B, funk and dance, but the best description is soul-pop,’ says Lem.
The band recently featured on BBC London where they were interviewed and played a couple of live tracks. They also recorded their single, Telephone, and an EP at Pinewood Studios and had the tracks mastered at Abbey Road.
Plus, they have a tour booked and a busy summer ahead.
Continues Lem: ‘It’s all happened organically and with lots of hard work.
‘We’re really chuffed to be working with some really cool top people in London and that they believe in us as much as we believe in ourselves.’
Lem and the White Fire play a free gig at The Richmond in Chichester tonight from 8pm. Telephone is out at the end of July and you can pre-order it on iTunes or by texting lem to 80818.
Adds Lem: ‘There is an album in the makings, so watch this space.’