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 alt-pop singer-songwriter, Emily Burns
For Fans Of: Maggie Rogers, Nina Nesbitt, Billie Eilish
Essential Listening: ‘My Town’, ‘PDA’, ‘Hello’
We’ve all had jobs where we spend most of the time wishing that we were doing something else, achieving things we’d dreamed about for years and for Emily Burns that feeling was all too real. Working as a receptionist in the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, her days were spent watching famous musicians come and go, whilst behind the scenes she worked on her own music that would soon be her escape from the desk job.
Then, last year, she sacked in the 9-5 in exchange for a record deal with Island Records, the label home to artists such as Ben Howard, Ariana Grande, Mumford & Sons and Dermot Kennedy. Impressed by her mini-album, Seven Scenes From The Same Summer, and follow-up EP, PDA, the label took a chance on the pink-haired singer-songwriter who already had millions of streams under her belt.
Penning relatable anthems about love, relationships and the growing pains of adulthood, Emily is capable of making your heart hurt with a simple piano ballad, whilst equally delivering sass by the bucket load with her alt-pop bangers. Within her catalogue you’ll find a song dedicated to her hometown (‘My Town’), R&B-infused jams (‘Damn Good Liar’) and stripped-back delicacies (‘Vanilla Sundae’), so no matter what mood you’re in, you’ll find the perfect song amongst Emily’s collection.
Last month saw her drop her first new music of 2020 with ‘Hello’. Driven by thick, swirling synths and an almighty chorus, it has the potential to be one of the biggest pop songs of the year. In a world of online dating, ghosting and trying to find ‘the one’, Emily is out here writing the soundtrack for every soul trying to figure out where they went wrong and we can’t stop listening to it.
Though still early in her career, Emily is having no difficulty at all in making her mark. She’s already caught the attention of BBC Radio 1 (who asked her to play Big Weekend last summer) and she’s sold out her debut headline shows both here in the UK and in Asia. Alongside support slots with James Arthur and Tove Stryke, she’s also scored slots at The Great Escape, Live At Leeds and Longitude festivals and this summer sees her more in demand than ever.
Before she embarks on her biggest run of headline shows yet, she’s joining Gabrielle Aplin on a journey across the UK, so make sure you get down early to catch one of the most exciting new artists of the year in action.
O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire: Wednesday 16 September Buy Tickets
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