Kyla Brox was
declared the winner of the 5th UKBlues
Challenge organised by the UKBlues Federation (UKBlues)
which took place at Worthing Pier's Southern Pavilion on
Saturday 8th September 2018 and will be representing the
UK joining more than 250 other acts from all over the
world at the 35th International Blues Challenge (IBC) in
Memphis, USA organised by the Blues Foundation between
22nd and 26th January 2019.
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also compete in the 9th European Blues Challenge (EBC)
in Ponta Delgada, San Miguel, The Azores organised by
the European Blues Union on 4th, 5th and 6th April 2019
in which 22 bands from across Europe will take part.
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received the winner's trophy from Ashwyn Smyth, Chairman
of UKBlues’ mission to support the Blues in the UK they
set up a crowd funding campaign to raise funds towards
the considerable costs which will be incurred by the
Kyla Brox representing the UK at the 2019 IBC & EBC. In
support of this crowd funding a benefit concert took
place at the Bluefunk Rhythm & Blues Club, Poynton,
Cheshire on Friday 28th December 2018. This
photo gallery is a record of the event.
Kyla Brox Band
(vocals/flute), Danny Blomeley (bass guitar), Paul Farr
(guitar), Mark Warburton (drums)
remains a stunning example of the soul singer's art:
turning up the heat by degrees, lulling and charming
before unleashing emotional catharsis, and blurring the
distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul
greats of old. Whether fronting the mighty Kyla Brox
Band, or harnessing undiluted soul power in a duo with
musical and life partner Danny Blomeley, Kyla Brox is
without doubt the most authentic UK blues and soul
singer of her generation.
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fascinating history and her music at
from Garry White, Bluefunk Rhythm & Blues club:
"One of the
greatest voices in the UK today"
When I wrote
that, it was my opinion (shared by many) but it can now
be claimed to be a statement of fact. On 8th September
2018 Kyla was at last, deservedly crowned the Goddess of
British Blues by winning the UK Blues Federation's Blues
Challenge at Worthing Pier. The classic blues "At Last",
long in Kyla's repertoire, now takes on a whole new
meaning for her fans.
shines a spotlight on Kyla on her home turf but
I believe that the knock-on effects will be much greater
for her and her world class band. Apart from winning the
UK award Kyla will be automatically included in The
European Blues Challenge to be held in the Azores and
the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January
2019. I genuinely believe that this beautiful Siren is
capable of claiming a hat trick of titles for the UK.