Reb Fountain's Chess Boxing single

10/3/2008 – It sounds unlikely: a Kiwi singer who makes "soul music that is real and heartfelt and pure and connects with people because it sounds good and feels great," has been inspired in her new album by – chess boxing. "It is quite beautiful, people boxing and then coming to the chessboard bleeding profusely. I like the idea of that." Video report.

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Born in California, raised in Christchurch and reared in Canada, Reb Fountain has spent much of her life journeying from place to place, ending up in in Auckland, New Zealand. She has a voice that echoes the beauty of other exceptional New Zealand singer songwriters, such as Bic Runga and Anika Moa. However, there is more to her sound than just remarkable vocals. She sings like she’s travelled to the depths of your soul and you can’t help but hear her song like a faded memory you long to recapture.

Now Reb Fountain has just released her second single 'TAB', which focuses on the rather odd sport of chess boxing. The following news report tells the story.

When asked what type of music she plays, Reb says she makes, “Soul music, music that’s real and heartfelt and pure and connects with people because it sounds good and feels great.” From the low down blues of “Dust and Bones” to the pop sensibility of “Hope”, from the folk ballad “When the target is atmosphere” to the stampede that is the coolness of “Rodeo Killer” – Reb has created her own musical map and sings with a conviction of her passage that makes you want to listen. But if you asked Reb she’d just say she hopes her music reminds you that your own journey’s worth discovering too.

Reb Fountain's debut album Like Water showcases a collection of beautiful, rich and uniquely crafted songs. With soulful lyrics and melodic tunes, backed by gifted musicians from all over the world, Reb's breath-taking voice registers a rare emotional sincerity that marks her as one of Aotearoa's most talented and original singer songwriters.


Reb's video for Sweet Pea from her new album Like Water

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