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R'n'b girls fight back; Insider GOSSIP.

Byline: RUSS MORRIS

THE USA seem to have the monopoly in producing R'n'B acts, the Top 40 is littered with them.

However the Brits are fighting back with local girl Jamelia, pictured, releasing new material for the first time in two years.

And get ready for Keisha White who has already scored chart success. She popped in to see me this week.

"It has been a great year! I was overwhelmed with the success of my last single, but with the new one coming out and my album the year can only get better!" she says.

Keisha's first release this year went Top 20 back in March and was a cover of Joan Armatrading's The Weakness in Me. "My new single is I Choose Life.

"It was recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which was an amazing experience!

"When the orchestra were playing it was definitely a 'shiver down your spine' moment. "You've also got to check out the video to the song, I worked with Phil Griffin who has done videos with Basement Jaxx, McFly and Sugababes."

Like most young stars Keisha has a social conscience and is involved with numerous charities and initiatives.

She recently performed at a charity festival to commemorate the first anniversary of the London bombings.

I Choose Life is released on Sep 18 and is taken from Keisha's debut album 'Out of My Hands' which is out now.

I was joined by another lady this week - someone who has already enjoyed an unexpected hit this year.

Everybody's Gone to War was a Top 20 hit in May for Nerina Pallot, and she's back with her second release from her album Fires, called Sophia. "I wrote it around the time I went back to university in London," she says.

"I am so pleased with what I have achieved this year from where I was a few years ago (Nerina was dropped by a major record label before she had success with Fires).

"The V festival was brilliant and I can't wait for my own tour.

Nerina's next single, Sophia, is released on Sep 25.
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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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