BIMM London graduate and talented R’n’B artist Rahh experienced a milestone moment in her burgeoning career with a recent performance at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival, where she featured on a bill alongside the likes of Rag’n’Bone Man, Lizzo, Snarky Puppy and Elton John.
Rahh put on a truly stunning performance at Montreux Jazz Club as the main support act for veteran vocalist and ten time Grammy Award-winner Bobby McFerrin, accompanied by her band of fellow BIMM graduates – Eugene Rocque (Bass), Stevey Reid (Keys), Michael Fagbohun (Drums) and Debbie Osibodu (BVs).
After regaling the audience with her incredible vocal skill, Rahh (real name Holly Quin Ankrah) was personally invited back onstage to join headliner McFerrin for an improvised cameo during his a capella set.
Bobby McFerrin and I in improv at Montreux JF! ♡
Posted by Rahh on Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Rahh’s Montreux encounters with legendary music industry veterans didn’t end there either. Soon after her performance, she had the pleasure of a face-to-face meeting with the one and only Quincy Jones, who was also appearing at the festival. We couldn’t resist asking her a few questions about the experience.
How did it feel to play at such a highly regarded music event and venue?
“Honestly, like a dream. There was a lot of pressure, stakes were super high so we were nervous, you know, but once we started it felt like we belonged there.”
How did it feel joining Bobby McFerrin onstage?
” Ahhh crazy! I leaped on the stage and took the mic, he said “do you wanna make something up?” I replied “Sure!”. Then he asked if I wanted to start, so I just began singing an improvised bluesy jazz song. He stares into your eyes very intensely, I guess he’s trying to read where you’re going to go next. Being on stage keeps you in the present moment anyway, but improvising live with a legend is next level. It was an unforgettable experience.”
You also met the legendary Quincey Jones. What was that like?
“Wow, it’s difficult to explain. By this point I thought the night couldn’t get any better. Quincy is one of my hero’s. He’s the don! I had only just finished watching his documentary on Netflix the week before Montreux and went to see him at the O2 on same day. So, to fast forward one week and be holding his hand and having a chat with him was so surreal. It really made my year!”
We’re incredibly pleased to see Rahh doing so well. The young artist dropped her latest single – the brilliant ‘Forget The Rules‘ – at the beginning of July, and will continue to release new music throughout 2019. You can catch her performing live with her band at Meltdown Festival (August 9) and Victorious Festival (August 25).
Stay up to date with Rahh’s releases, tours and other news via her official social media channels.
If you’re considering a career in music, like Rahh, why not apply now, and start your journey towards a career you love today?
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