Speech Debelle is a musician, author and chef.
Speech kicked in the music industry’s backdoor in 2009 with her debut album, Speech Therapy, which went on to win the Mercury Prize for British Debut Album of the Year.
She later tantalised the nation with her inventive recipes as a semi-finalist on Celebrity MasterChef, and in her weekly podcast ‘The Work Brunch’, where she cooked and discussed music, life and inspiration with a range of esteemed guests, such as Lianne La Havas, Nitin Sawhney, Shabaka Hutchings and Mikill Pane.
She accompanied her third album Tantil before I breathe with her own cookbook and memoir, expressing that ‘music and food are art – they heal and inspire’. The nine songs spanning all three of her albums tell a story of abandonment, the artistic process, and healing, with a delicious, inspired recipe for each.
Her fourth studio album, Sunday Dinner On A Monday, is set for a June 2023 release.