Skip to main content

Paul Weller/Gabrielle Collaboration

Weller is to feature on 'Why' - the new single from Gabrielle. The song, which contains a sample from 'Wild Wood', features Weller on backing vocals and acoustic guitar.


Gabrielle, one of the UK’s most successful female singer-songwriters, returns with her classy new single, ‘Why’ on September 24th through Universal Music Record Label. The single will be available to download from September 17th.

The idea for ‘Why’ came when Gabrielle was working in the studio with The Boilerhouse Boys. The song is built around a sample from Paul Weller’s ‘Wild Wood’ and was one of the final songs Gabrielle wrote for her new album.

After recording a demo, the track was re-recorded with Paul Weller playing guitar and singing backing vocals.

‘Why’ is taken from Gabrielle’s new album Always which will be released on October 1st. Always is Gabrielle’s fifth studio LP, and her first since 2004 (prolific she’s not:I’m renowned for not releasing albums very often, so I’m due now).

Like every album she’s made since her 1993 debut, Find Your Way, it’s completely Gabrielle: soulful and passionate, but with an ungraspable quality that doesn’t really equate with British soul music.

For the album, Gabrielle returned to her roots and worked with Julian Gallager and The Boilerhouse Boys both of whom have been behind many of her early hits.

Once again, Gabrielle has written every track on the album. From the seventies soul influenced title track to the Motown-meets-rock stomp of ‘Heartbreaker’ and the classic ballad ‘Closure.’ Always is Gabrielle’s finest album to date.

Over the last 14 years Gabrielle has had an incredible run of success. From the No 1 singles ‘Dreams’ and ‘Rise’ which have both gone on to become genuine classics to the chart topping albums - two of which sold over a million in the UK alone Rise and Dreams Can Come True.

More Information and a song clip:


Popular posts from this blog

John Weller Obituary From The Independent...

For thirty years, John Weller managed the career of his son Paul, through the salad days and success of The Jam in the Seventies and early Eighties, the ups and downs of The Style Council and Paul’s re-emergence as a solo artist in the Nineties. Theirs was a unique father-son relationship in the music industry, built on John’s unwavering belief in Paul’s talent and shared values like hard work and pragmatism.

John could be blunt, and once refused to have lunch in a record company’s executive dining room, remarking to the managing director: “I didn’t come here to eat, I came to do business.” But his bark was worse than his bite.

John’s success was all the more remarkable since he started in his forties after years working in factories, on building sites and driving a taxi. When The Jam signed to Polydor in February 1977, for a £6,000 advance and a six per cent royalty rate, John admitted he didn’t have a bank account and asked for cash instead of a cheque. A&R man Chris Parry duly we…

Paul Weller's Son, Natt Gives A Candid Taxi Interview

Where else to meet the musician son of the agelessly groovy Modfather but at London’s trendy Met Bar? And there’s more than a hint of moody Mod style about the Japanese parka that Paul Weller’s eldest child Natt has slung over his Vivienne Westwood top.

Yet there all similarity ends, for singer-guitarist Natt has inherited the exotic beauty of his mother – former Wham! and Style Council backing singer Dee C Lee – rather than the famously angular features of his father.

‘Everybody always goes, “Luckily he took after his mum…”’ laughs Natt, whose mother is from France and St Lucia and whose great-great grandma was Japanese. Hence Natt’s fascination for Japan, where he moved in 2006 for a year to learn the language.

To pay for his studies, he modelled and deejayed, ‘I felt like an outsized monster,’ confides Natt, 21, a 6ft 1in beanpole. He returned a fan of Japan’s popular culture – from manga cartoons to punk-goth music – and with a different spelling to his name, which now features two ‘…

Nominate Photographer Stefan Duerr For Best Vinyl Art 2010 Award!

Photographer Stefan Duerr has designed art work and photographed a wide range of musicians such as Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Steve Cradock, The Vals, Marner Brown and The Moons. His design of Steve Cradock's solo debut, The Kundalini Target is eligible for the Best Art Vinyl 2010 Award!

Stefan is a very good friend of Paul Weller News and we would like to ask for our reader's support in helping Stefan win this award. In conjunction with industry experts, the award is also voted on by the public. So, please follow the instructions below and lend your support to Stefan and his craft. It will only take a few moments.

Go to:
Just enter Steve Cradock / The Kundalini Target in the first box,  and then vote for two other albums you like.
All three records on your list must be different, and you can only vote once. Voting closes at midnight 12th December.

Stefan Duerr Photography
Stefan and Paul Weller News kindly thank you …