Winner of the European Blues Challenge 2019 & the UK Blues Challenge 2018, newly crowned Best Female Vocalist in the European Blues Awards 2019 and daughter of cult blues figure, Victor Brox, releases her new album, Pain & Glory. Also available as a high quality, double, gatefold-sleeved LP. She will represent Britain at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, January 2020.“Manchester’s answer to Aretha Franklin.” Tony Wilson, Factory Records
“Kyla Brox knows how to handle the gears… the Mancunian vocalist lets songs percolate, raising the temperature by degrees, then giving it both barrels in the final stretch. It’s a thrilling tactic.” Henry Yates, The Blues Magazine
“An authentic soul diva… sensitive, sexy, and with infinite reserves of sassiness” City Life
Kyla has been a professional musician since the age of twelve – first in her father, Victor Brox‘s band, then striking out on her own The variety and depth of her vocal performances have grown year on year and are given a superb setting in this album’s sweeping landscape of soul, blues, urban R&B, blues-rock, and singer-songwriter pop of the highest class.
Two tracks perhaps deserve extra-special mention. Firstly, the swingin’, jivin’, ‘Bluesman’s Child’ which documents Kyla’s teenage years of singing with her father’s band. A bit of background: in the early ’60s her dad, Victor Brox formed the Victor Brox Blues Train with singer Annette Reis, who would become Kyla’s mother. They were, perhaps, the first interracial band on the scene, Annette having been born in Stockport of African-Canadian, English and Nigerian heritage. Victor went on to the influential Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation drawing the admiration of Jimi Hendrix, who dubbed Victor his “favourite white voice”. Robert Plant was also a teenage fan. Kyla sometimes performs with Victor and Annette to this day.
In September 2018 Kyla won the UK Blues Challenge with a breathtakingly charismatic set at Worthing Pier’s Southern Pavilion. She will represent Britain at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, January 2019 and at the European event in The Azores, April.
Kyla Brox is one of the very best soul-blues singers the British Isles has ever produced, and with the arrival of this beautifully composed cornucopia of an album, her time has come.