Who? Jade Bird.
What? Americana-tinged, soul-soothing folk.
From where? From Hexham, Northumberland but she spent much of her childhood travelling, including stints in the US and Germany.
What’s the story? It’s been a big year for Jade. Honing her craft on the gig circuit since 2012, last year saw her step into the spotlight with her EP, Something American, recorded in New York with producer Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Bat For Lashes).
Since then, she’s been hyped by Rolling Stone as one of their ‘country artists you need to know’, toured with Tom Odell and First Aid Kit and received plenty of spins on BBC Radio 1 courtesy of the Introducing playlist.
Jade’s songs are big on traditional songwriting and minimal on overly glossy production, allowing her raw vocals to cut through and grab you.
She cites everyone from country star Loretta Lynn to punk poet Patti Smith as inspiration, and told Rolling Stone of the five-track EP: ‘I almost wanted to take a punky approach to the whole thing. Something American has this country sound, but it also has this strong, female, bluesy element.’
Now she’s starting 2018 on a high, featuring on BBC Music’s influential Sound of 2018 longlist as well as Huw Stephens’ alternative tips for 2018.
Expect plenty more to come from this promising new voice…
Sounds like? Laura Marling with lashings of Nashville.
Predicted to? Wow audiences across the UK on her first headline tour beginning this February.
Must hear? Cathedral –