“Raphaella: the singer poised to pile on the hits thanks to Persian carpets The 23-year-old North London songwriter has found an unusual way to fund her career without the backing of a record label...”
“Raphaella is an exciting young artist based in London, with a range of musical influences from her distinct and varied family heritage. With a beautiful, emotional voice that could bring a rowdy room to silent rapture, Raphaella has already made her mark not only as a solo artist but also as a songwriter, having collaborated with multi-selling platinum writers and producers. It seems impossible that this gifted young artist won’t be an international name in the coming months. She released her debut EP ‘Idiot’ in April 2013.”
“April Fool's Day is a day for practical jokes and light-hearted pranks, preying on the gullible, along with those trusting and perhaps idealistic people that like to see the good in everyone and just don't want to believe that anyone could possibly lie to them. This year, rather appropriately it is also the release date of emerging star Raphaella's debut EP IDIOT.”
“A singer who launched an anti-bullying campaign wants to “stand for confidence” and inspire others to learn from her experiences. Raphaella Mazaheri, of Whetstone, was badly bullied by classmates as a child and teenager - but is now hoping her traumatic experiences will help others. The 23-year-old is fronting children’s charity Kids Count's new I Stand For campaign to encourage people to stand up for themselves. She said: “I had a really hard time throughout school - people were horrible. Someone once told me they didn’t want to be my friend anymore because ‘you’re you.’ It was heartbreaking....”
“Red lipstick was popular amongst several of the stars on the red carpet including, Raphaella who opted to team her red lipstick and nails with confident catflick eyeliner and HD brows.”
“Singer Raphaella dazzled at The Global Angel Awards at the Roundhouse on 15 November, 2013 in London, England”
“Daniel Powter Review of 'Above The Water' - God! She's got a beautiful voice. I love the instrumentation and the fact that she's capable of making a decent sized hooky chorus based upon the same chord progression. If I have to comment, I thought thatthere was too much reverb on the vocals. I thought it was too washy. Sometimes it's okay when you can't sing well, but Raphaella's got a beautiful voice. She doesn't need as much reverb. Incredbile! Raphaella's not signed?!?!”
“'Above The Water' Song Review - A Great Artist to review as there is real talent.The vocal is true and shows many of the current crop of female artists you don't have to hide behind the production. The vocal is so good that the sound levels are set correctly to show off her voice. The music is simple and marries the grace of the lyrics with the passion of singing. The song itself is a very well crafted song, which is super radio friendly. If she can continue to write songs like this, Raphaella can go far. Do we actually have somebody who could potentially take on Adele? I think so.”
“'Above The Water' Song review - Above The Water is a deep meaningful song that works perfectly as a piano, vocal combination. Raphaella has a stunning soulful voice, fans of Alicia Keys and Adele should check out Raphaella’s music.”
“Guests were treated to a sensory extravaganza at The Roundhouse ‘Access All Areas’ event last Wednesday night. Taste buds were tickled by 10 of the best caterers in town. Eyes feasted on futurist laser patterns and pyrotechnic wonders. Fabulous fabrics touched the skin in the Foohoo chill out lounge. Standing in the iconic venue, you could breathe in the history. The evening’s entertainment brought music to the ears as Raphaella, a Roundhouse stable, up-and-coming singer/songwriter, took to the stage. The young band opened with the atmospheric, ‘On My Own’ and instantly had the audience entranced. They followed with my personal favorite, Mirrorface, a great pop song with a military beat. Check them out at: www.raphaellamusic.co.uk Mark my words, she’s one to watch!”
“'Raphaella has a fantastic tone to her voice. It has a soulful plangency to it, with a jazzy husk and a subtle growl that really does lift some of the lines she sings with great efficacy and aplomb. It also has that sort after quality of conveying emotion, something Raphaella does very well through her performance as well as her voice, not just live but recorded too' 'It seems obvious to simply state that Raphaella is ‘one to watch’ as that is a statement that is banded around a lot, I’ll be honest, I’m guilty of it! The obviousness this time round is that she has already headlined the Apple store as part of City Showcase, performed at the Music Week Awards 2011 and performed on the main stage of The Roundhouse as part of the Champions League celebrations. Unsigned artists don’t normally get to do this sort of thing unless they are good, and Raphaella most definitely finds herself sitting comfortably in that category!'”
“‘with a name like that, how can she fail to set the charts alight’ ”
"Her performance at Showcase Live has gotten her into my ‘One’s To Watch’ in 2012! I was lucky enough to grab an interview with this star in the making… Me: How important do you think it is to stand out from the crowd when you have a UK Top 40 which can often sound as if it’s blurring into one? Raphaella: It’s very important as long as you can stay true to yourself. It is difficult in today’s industry to stay true and be individual and to stand out. Me: Has surrounding yourself in different styles helped you find your individuality? Raphaella: Definitely, so many influences from a young age. I love Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Ben Howard and Bon Ivor. Me: How important is it for you to stick to this individuality and not conform to a much more commercial sound? Raphaella: My whole reason for becoming an artist was to remain individual and I would never compromise (my individuality). Click link below for the rest of the interview...
"Raphaella was second to perform. Again, I was impressed at her musicianship – she played the keyboard and sang for all three of her songs. Her flawless performances proved why she won an award for the most outstanding BMus(Hons) student, studying at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance and graduated with a 1st class honours in Music. The gifted 21 year-old takes her art form and writing seriously with a passion that shines through whether she’s performing or talking about her music. She is pitch -perfect, and has powerful vocals that she nails with conviction and has her audience captivated" For the rest of the review follow link below...
“'Nothing Hurts Like You' Song Review - RAPHAELLA is doing the right thing by putting her songs up on youtube for people to discover, she has a lovely voice and the song is great. She should definitely carry on doing what she’s doing – writing great songs and putting them up and letting people discover her.””
“Nothing Hurts Like You - Raphaella immediately puts me in a good mood because she’s not being earnest with an acoustic guitar. This is an impressive demo. The girl can sing and you can feel the confidence in her performance. I like the modern pop electronic production as well, although I’m not entirely sure it’s sympathetic to her. It’s a good pop song too – with a half decent hook. Pop star in the making ? Could be. So far - very good to these ears – more hits please !”
"We headed to Showcase: Live back in November to check out the talent, our favourite of the night was Raphaella and her amazing band! Here’s video of her performing a song that insists on staying in my head indefinitely ‘Dead in the water’ Follow link below for more...
“Nothing hurts Like You - It's all a wee bit Ke$ha, but when did sounding like a multi-million selling artist ever hurt anyone?”
“Raphaella is a 21 year old Pop/Soul artist of English/Persian heritage from London. Already she has shared line-ups with artists such as Rizzle Kicks, Bluey Robinson, Texas, Clement Marfo & The Frontline, Murray James & more.This talented musician has studied her craft her whole life & is not only a singer but a pianist & songwriter too.I first met Raphaella at Pineapple Performing Arts School where, as teenagers we went to gain experience in singing, dancing & drama & straight away she stood out as a triple threat. More recently she has “completed a degree in Music with 1st class honours & won an award for the most outstanding BMus(Hons) student, studying at the The Institute (ICMP) Europe's finest school of modern music.” It’s fair to say she has come a long way since those days as her website describes her most recent achievements & I can’t help but feel hugely proud of all the amazing things she has done already but.. with that voice it’s hardly surprising.. Follow link:”
“'Above The Water' Song review - The song sounds like an Emeli Sandé ballad, a sweet, R'n'B vocal, perhaps a bit more younger sounding. Possibly if Tulisa was to belt one out this is what I can imagine it sounding like... not a bad thing! I mean, yes, she is a bit of a muppet but you can't deny the girl has a set of pipes on her!”