Combining a classic yet truly distinctive soul voice with a love of bass and eclectic future beats, each new release from Harleighblu is a revelation. Signed to Tru Thoughts – a match made in musical heaven – Harleighblu has been likened to Erykah Badu and AlunaGeorge in the same breath; her hugely charismatic style has been championed by MistaJam, who was so taken with her 2013 debut single “Enough Now” that he crowned it his ‘Jam Hot’ single of the week, kicking off heavy and escalating support from tastemakers all over the world.
Nottingham native Harleighblu has been involved in music from a very young age, her drive and passion for creative exploration propelling her through the local scene to develop into one of the UK’s most promising young artists. Since announcing herself with the raw, beat-heavy soul of her debut LP ‘Forget Me Not’ (produced by Nottingham hip hop stalwart Joe Buhdha), she has been in national and international demand. Regular live bookings include major festivals (The Great Escape, Glastonbury, Bestival, Shambala, Boomtown, Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide and Green Man), several tours of the UK and France and support for the likes of Amp Fiddler.
“There’s something very, very fresh about this!” – MISTAJAM (BBC R1/1XTRA)
“A lot of people are asking about Harleighblu… I like that!” – TREVOR NELSON (BBC 1XTRA)
“A raw talent… with a voice that pours soul in unfeigned torrents… a polished yet stirring debut” – 8/10 – CLASH
“Immediately impresses… a talent to watch” – Q | “Great” – 8.5/10 – DJ MAG | “Just fantastic” – JOHN KENNEDY (XFM)
Chai Larden & Ben Hibbert
This soulful duo have been wowing audiences at events across Nottingham for years, leading to Chai being asked to join The Invisible Orchestra and them both playing events for Acoustickle, Nottingham Black History Month, Hockley Hustle, Notts Factor and earning a residency at Southbank Bar.
This young singer-songwriter has been winning rave reviews after gigging hard around Nottinghamshire in the last 18 months and winning praise from Nusic. A young lady with a huge voice!
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