Singer-songwriter Bella McKendree will be releasing her debut EP, Waiting, later this month. Out on 18 August, the four-track EP features the forthcoming lead single, Grieve, seeing Bella and her band combine a darting piano melody with the singer’s tender, emotional lyrics.
Says McKendree: “In this song, I’ve laid out my heart, truly transparent about my own experience of loss. The reality is that sometimes you have to confront that dark place so I didn’t sugar coat the truth. It is the most vulnerable record I’ve written.”
Having grown up in the countryside, McKendree moved to London last year to start a band, perfecting her own material at various Sofar Sounds gigs across the country, as well as support slots for the likes of Ryan Keen, Martin Luke Brown and Keaton Henson. She also started working with Grammy Award-winning producer Brett Shaw (Florence & The Machine, Daughter) on the upcoming EP and is currently touring the UK. Among other dates, catch her at The Half Moon, Putney (7 August), and the Sunrise Celebration Festival, Hereford (19/20 August).
Bella McKendree – Grieve
UK R&B singer/songwriter Lauren Faith has had an introduction to the industry that is anything but low-key. With debut track Got It Good featuring on both Kaytranada’s album 99.9% and Craig David’s latest album Following My Intuition, the 21-year-old has already cut her teeth in the most credible of ways.
Faith has been busy cooking up further material in the studio. Her first solo track, Let Them Talk starts by giving the initial impression that it is going to be a fairly straightforward R&B affair, but then breaks down into a far more jazzy, off-kilter and experimental tone, with an instrumental courtesy of emerging UK beatmaker Lostboy working to emphasise Faith’s silky delivery.
Catch Lauren Faith at her own headline show at London’s Waiting Room on 2 May – tickets here.
Lauren Faith – Let Them Talk