There aren’t many things better than discovering a new artist whose music you instantly connect with. Whether they’re touring the nation making their name or supporting big acts globally, we’re here to put a spotlight on the musically-gifted people with a bright future ahead of them. This week, we’re introducing you to indie singer-songwriter, Brooke Bentham
For Fans Of: Marika Hackman, Sam Fender, The Big Moon
Essential Listening: ‘All My Friends Are Drunk’, ‘Losing, Baby’, ‘Perform For You’
Sam Fender may be Newcastle’s local hero right now, but there’s a new Geordie in town and her moody and romantic guitar anthems will soon become your new obsession.
Brooke Bentham first got the bug for music when she attended theatre school every Saturday as a child, encouraged by her music obsessed father, it didn’t take long for her to realise that this was the path she was destined for. Her teenage years were spent working the local open mic circuit, busking on the streets of South Shields and honing her songwriting abilities. Something that would become the focal point of her songs, as the stories of the world around her fell onto her crumpled notebook pages.
It was those small pub gigs and open mic nights where she first became accompanied with Sam Fender, someone she said everyone always knew would be a superstar, and although she’s not wrong, the spotlight is now firmly shifting over to her as she prepares to release her debut album onto the world.
After relocating to London to study popular music at Goldsmiths University, Brooke released her first single, the gloomy folk-inspired ‘Oliver’, which now sits at over two million streams. By her second year she had a management deal and was signed to Believe and the process began of piecing together Everyday Nothing.
Graduation came and went and Brooke linked up with co-founder of The Coral, Bill Ryder-Jones, who recognised her talent immediately and set about transforming her DIY bedroom recordings into bold and beautiful masterpieces. The outcome is a collection of songs written from the heart of a 23-year-old trying to find her place in life. Her words will strike a chord with anyone feeling lost, vulnerable and confused with the path they’re on, but equally will provide hope and a sense of comfort. Swirling harmonies and dreamy synths are drenched in guitars that drive each song forward, complimented by Brooke’s soft vocals that weave their way through your emotions. Each listen becomes a journey and Brooke has written the perfect soundtrack, so it’s now just a case of where that journey will take her.
Whilst still putting the finishing touches to her album, Brooke hit the road, taking in headline shows as well as support slots with Soccer Mommy and her new friend, Bill Ryder-Jones. Festivals started to take up her summer, with Reading and Leeds and Latitude amongst some of those adding her name to the bill and before long, her old pal Sam Fender came calling.
Opening up for Sam on his biggest headline tour to date, it’s like the pair have come full circle, except the venues have grown somewhat in size. With thousands now soaking up her sonic spectacle every night, the anticipation for her debut album grows and as soon as February comes around, Everyday Nothing will be the start of something very special indeed for South Shields’ latest offering.
O2 Academy Birmingham: Thursday 30 January* Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Bristol: Friday 31 January* Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Brixton: Monday 3 February* Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Newcastle: Tuesday 4 February* Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Newcastle: Thursday 6 February* Buy Tickets
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