New Orleans culture crawls under your skin. This is what singer-songwriter Myriam West experienced when she spent time in America's number one music city. She completely absorbed the jazz, blues, the swamps and the sun. These proved as inspiration for a new album, and in Spring of 2014 a collection of songs can be heard which demonstrate the famous jazz city is never far away.
Myriam began playing the piano and singing at a young age. Nina Simone, Tom Waits and Aretha Franklin were her heroes. In 2004 she wrote her first song, debuting on the nationally broadcasted Kunstbende competition. This song ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy’, immediately gave her a contract with Universal Music, and was chosen as the title song for the movie ‘Ik Omhels Je Met 1000 Armen’. The success of this song presented her with opportunities on live radio performance on the morning shows of Rob Stenders and Giel Beelen and Tros Music Cafe. That year, Myriam also participated in the first ‘Euro Video Grand Prix’ in Albania. In 2009 she got chosen to record two songs for the Unsigned-project. The songs were published on the album 'When Pop Meets Jazz'. After this Myriam and her band played on the North Sea Jazz Festival, at Kunststof TV, in Paradiso and as the support-group for, among others, Ruben Hein & Moke.
In 2010 Myriam graduated cum laude at the Conservatory of Rotterdam. Myriam soon made the decision that music was all she wanted. For half a year, she lived where the jazz and blues were born in New Orleans. It was there that she was soon incorporated into the music scene, and stood on stage with jazz legend Ellis Marsalis. Naturally, she returned to the Netherlands with a heavy heart and a head full of inspiration.
The Big Easy will truly come to life on Myriam’s debut album, which was released on februari 28th, 2014 by Redline Music. The album got chozen as one of the 14 best newcomers of 2014 on iTunes. In March 2014 Myriam got chozen as Radio 2 Talent. Last summer Myriam joined the dutch tv-show 'De Beste Singer-Songwriter' and made it to the finals. This fall she will do a tour with the other finalists.