resident Harleighblu has been involved in music from a very young age. Growing
up surrounded by her Mum’s record collection - a treasure trove of the best
soul and rare grooves - she kindled her interest in music by emulating each of
the singers she heard. She started songwriting at the tender age of 7 at a
community recording studio, and began entertaining school friends with
impromptu performances at break times. With an obvious talent, Harleighblu was
entered into and won a number of local talent competitions, the prizes of which
helped kit her out with all the musical equipment a young girl could need. Now,
13 years on, Harleighblu is preparing to unveil her debut album.
drive, belief and passion for creative exploration has seen her naturally
develop into one of the UK’s most promising young artists. From the age of 12
she started working with a number of producers, however it was meeting
Birmingham based Dino Nisbett and his co-producer Andre Bassing that really
gave rise to the next development in her musical journey. Through Nisbett and
Bassing she was introduced to Dennis Seaton, lead singer of the Grammy
nominated band Musical Youth, which gave her the chance to not only provide
backing vocals for the reunited band, but also to put together her own live
band and start performing the local circuit.
working on a collaborative album, songwriting and gigging, it was the loss of
her beloved Granddad that made her re-evaluate her musical life. Still only 17
and with a new found determination Harleighblu set out to find the right
producer that could give her the sound she truly wanted.
meeting her now producer Joe Buhdha, Harleighblu says, “We seemed to knock out
song after song at a crazy work rate and I finally felt I was creating songs I
wanted to create”. With a new direction and a shed load of new material she
stepped out into the gigging circuit once again, this time taking in local
venues, numerous festivals and supporting roles for Liam Bailey and Natalie
Duncan. Thanks to these performances and early support from Rodney P and
MistaJam, as well as BBC Introducing, the buzz around Harleighblu has already
started. She signed to Tru Thoughts in late 2012, and her debut album is due out on Tru Thoughts in Summer 2013.
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