Released via Concord Jazz, Source shifted 1,630 copies in its first week, and Gillham said this is just the start for the 29-year-old artist, who is from Camden Town in North London.
"We couldn’t be happier with the early reception and have ambitious plans stretching well in to next year,” Gillham told Music Week. “On one hand, to have a debut jazz record break into the Top 50 and the physical Top 10 is a great achievement. But on the other hand, this release goes far beyond any chart or genre definition and that’s been reflected in the support Nubya has received.”
Gillham highlighted Garcia’s support across radio and television as evidence of her reach.
“Nubya was one of only three artists invited to Worthy Farm to perform on the Glastonbury coverage, had daytime radio plays of a 12-minute instrumental single, support across the new music playlists on DSPs, great press reviews and widespread support from independent retail,” he said.
The MD also praised Garcia’s creative vision. “Nubya has such great clarity in her vision, so as her label partner our goal is to ensure everything is done with that same clarity and authenticity to reach a broad audience,” he said. “We all recognise she is a very special artist and, as such, she will continue to break new ground.”
At a time when the music industry is struggling, Nubya is a bright light and a beacon of hope
Barbara Sealy, SB Music Mgmt
Garcia, who was interviewed in Music Week’s On The Radar column last month, said: “I’m so happy and thankful that Source has been so well received. This record has deep meaning to me, and the fact that it’s connected with everyone listening at this level means a lot, especially during these times. I’m so grateful, and hope that everyone continues to enjoy!”
Barbara Sealy, who manages Garcia through SB Music Mgmt, added: “Nubya Garcia has the kind of talent and vision that will stand the test of time. She poured her heart and soul into Source, and that authenticity is what connects with the listener. This album is one where you’ll discover something new every time it’s played. At a time when the music industry is struggling, she is a bright light and a beacon of hope that we will all get through this. We could not be prouder of her, or of this album!”
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