In the British music industry, Dionne Bromfield is working in a playing field
of approximately one: herself. Everyone around her loves Dionne.
It’s not difficult to see why. She’s unnaturally polite and self-effacing.
Humility comes as second nature to her.
Dionne Bromfield came to the attention of the world’s media on the back of a famous relative, Auntie Amy Winehouse, not her first but undoubtedly her most voluble and influential supporter. If only you could market those genes.
There was never any doubt in Dionne’s mind that the second record would be a collection of her own songs. Decamped to London after the LA sessions, she found her sound with former Incognito henchman John Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and sometime Duffy collaborator Paul O’Duffy and started developing her writer’s voice.
‘While we were doing it something else clicked into my head which became The Sweetest Thing’.
The confidence in Dionne that began to blossom at a precociously early age, is starting to see the light of day.
‘The only thing I can talk about is the record, really.’
Her maturity stretches to penning the lyrics for the album’s killer ballad, Too Soon To Call It Love (her personal favourite). Her second album is absolutely the birth of Dionne Bromfield: the artist.
‘To be honest, it couldn’t feel further away from the first one, which I love and I loved making. But this is the next level and it had to be.’
And here we are. The first song that earmarked the sound of the record was the tornado-like blast of big soul emotion on The Sweetest Thing, one of many highlights on the record. ‘We knew we had my sound.’ It is a sound that fits perfectly into the catalogue of a new British soul tradition, of artists like Plan B and Paloma Faith that have contemporised their Motown leanings, freshly minting them for a brand new generation, yet harks back somewhere to the commercial Midas touch of peak-era Gabrielle.
‘I wouldn’t change what I’ve done for the world. I loved making that first record but this one is more like a collection of my diaries, rather than what’s on my MP3 player.’
From the tear-stained ballad Get Over It to the up tempo street smarts of A Little Love and Muggin’, these are the sort of songs that both fit perfectly into the contemporary milieu, while reminding you of a bigger and better place. It is worth making the point once again: she was 14 when she wrote them.
‘These are my stories,’ says Dionne, a girl who probably couldn’t be named with any more appropriate soul gravitas on her shoulders, ‘I’ve analysed the words when I was writing them.
'So I can just feel them when I’m singing them. Responding emotionally to these songs is easy. Because they’re mine.’
What are your ambitions and aspirations when you reach the age of 26?
I would love to have a top selling number 1 album and a sellout world tour but to be honest my biggest ambition and aspiration is to inspire young people of my generation and if I can, every generation.
Pick a word beginning with the letter ‘D’ which best sums you up.
'Devilish' - just joking! 'Delightful' (LOL). Actually probably a bit of both.
For each letter of the alphabet, pick a word followed by a sentence that inspires you.
ART - Freedom of expression.
I think that everybody needs art in their lives.
BLACKBERRY - I'm addicted to my blackberry. It's actually not even a joke!
CHINESE FOOD - Ohhhh Chinese food - you can't beat a good shredded
DRESSES - The right dress can honestly make me feel like a million dollars (even if I don't look it LOL)!
ELNETT SATIN - I think Cheryl Cole says it all in her advert.
FEBRUARY - because it's my birthday month.
GUITAR - Playing my guitar always lifts my spirits.
HOME - It's true that there's definitely no place like it.
IPAD - When I'm not on my blackberry I'm always on my iPad.
JEANS - A nice pair of skinny jeans - an essential fashion item in my opinion.
KRISPY KREME - Everybody should know why!
LONDON - You can't beat the vibe of London, it's such an eclectic city.
MY YUMMY MUMMY & MUSIC - The two biggest loves of my life.
NAIL ART - I've been getting into nail art for the past year and currently loving my Barry M Crackle.
OPTIONS - because every girl's got to have them (LOL).
PRANKS - I'm always playing jokes on people - it's such a fun pastime!
QUINCY JONES - He's an absolute legend and nothing short of a genius.
RECORDING - Recording for me is such a great release - it's my therapy.
STRAWBERRIES - dipped in milk chocolate - It's my favourite thing in the world - I cannot get enough!
TWENTY6 MAGAZINE - Obviously!!!
UGLY BETTY - It's the best show ever - one of my all time favourites.
VIKTOR & ROLF - Their 'Flower Bomb' perfume is amazing!
WEST END - It's got everything you need and is the best place for shopping.
XMAS - Family, friends, food, time off and let's not forget presents!
YOUTUBE - I think you'll all agree that it's one of the best remedies for boredom.
ZOO - I loved the zoo as a young child - there's something about animals that I find fascinating.
PHOTOGRAPHER / Alisa Connan
FASHION DIRECTOR / Tilly Hardy
MAKE-UP / Jane Bradley at Naked Artists using M.A.C Cosmetics
HAIR / Alex Price at Frank Agency using Frederic Fekkai
PRODUCER / Fran Petersson
DIGITAL OPERATOR / Ben Reeves
PHOTOGRAPHIC ASSISTANT / Jack Lawson
FASHION ASSISTANT / Zoe Havler
WORDS & INTERVIEW / Kevin Langridge
Special Thanks to Kirsty at Select Model Management.