One glance at the UK album charts this week may say it all….there seems to be a fresh wind blowing over British shores when it comes to music demands and classic, wholesome ‘songs’ are making a comeback. As Ward Thomas snatch the No1 album position and The Carpenters zoom in at No2, it’s a clear indication appetite for everlasting lyrical based songs may becoming more ravenous.
In the midst of a resurgent love of The Carpenters (following ITV’s Nation’s Favourite Carpenters Song earlier this month) a fresh young British singer/songwriter named Harriet seems to be rapidly rising above the crowd. Her vocals seem to be akin of the late great Karen Carpenter, it’s may be challenging to refrain make immediate comparisons. However Harriet comes with her own twist, strong Carpenter-eque vocals, however with more depth to her lyrical content. Harriet’s self-entitled debut album is released on October 7 and the likes of Graham Norton have said, “One of the musical voices of the year, discovered right here on this show”; so where did this UK musical gem come from?
Harriet’s official debut single, ‘Broken For You’ (released earlier this summer) boasts 2,000+ UK radio plays, which maybe far from a mean feat for a newcomer on the scene. Her lyrical craftsmanship and beguiling voice seem to have a spell-binding effect on all who hear her, with the power to alter the face of some of our longest standing media. Readers Digest actually created their first ever ‘music podcast’ especially for her; and a request during a live performance on Gaby Roslin’s BBC Radio London Show for Harriet to ‘sing that again’ – an unprecedented request from the show!
International artists such as Rumer have stated Harriet ‘Sounds a lot like Karen Carpenter’, whist Denise Van Outen selected her as ‘An Artist To Introduce’ on Magic FM. Following sellout live London shows throughout 2015/16, Harriet now addresses phenomenal public demand as she collaborates with producer and co-writer Steve Anderson (Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle) to present her debut album, ‘Harriet’.
Harriet seems to have the vocal ability to expose emotions. Delving deep and weaving their way into the absolute fabric of our being, Harriet’s voice seems to be flecked with a vulnerability, which carries hints of pure innocent tones. ‘Harriet’ is an album bursting with the tracks which have mapped Harriet’s cosmic rise in the industry.
Radio 2 are big Harriet supporters, with them offering numerous plays from Paul O’Grady, Graham Norton, Tony Blackburn, Steve Wright and Ken Bruce. The legendary US presenter Larry Flick (Sirius XM, Billboard Editor) frequently champions Harriet’s music on his radio show. When interviewing her about her first EP ‘What’s Mine Is Yours’ he declared, “We are all going to remember this day. This girl is going to be a big star.” Harriet achieved iTunes chart success with her Christmas release and influential publications including Harper’s Bazaar in Hong Kong and Shangay in Spain have all featured her with reviews and predicted her as a major artist of the future.
It’s clear to see why Harriet is one of those enduring singer/songwriters who may be here to stay. With the British charts proving the wholesome ‘real songs’ are making a comeback; it seems Harriet may be one to watch. The album ‘Harriet’ is released on Bright Star Records on October 7.
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