Rae Morris

Blackpool singer songwriter Rae Morris is eyeing up a big year following a BBC Sound of 2015 nomination and forthcoming debut album Unguarded.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 21 Jan 2015
  • min read
Since the very beginning of her music making, the career of Blackpool singer songwriter Rae Morris has been one in continual ascension.

As a teenager she tentatively submitted her early recordings to BBC Introducing, landing herself slots at the 2011 Reading and Leeds festivals. The gigs proved to be crucial for her musical development - deals with the Universal Music Publishing Group and Atlantic Records followed shortly after.

Alongside her subsequent solo gigs over 2012 and 2013, Morris was a support act for artists including Bombay Bicycle Club, Lianne La Havas, Noah and the Whale and Tom Odell. The gigs with the former saw her contribute vocals to three tracks on Bombay Bicycle Club's 2014 album So Long, See You Tomorrow as well as feature on Clean Bandit’s debut long player.

Drawing influences from the Feist and Kate Bush, her emotive, electronic folk pop sound looks set to reach even more ears with the forthcoming release of debut album Unguarded. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Ariel Rechtshaid, the release follows in the wake of a nomination for the BBC Sound of 2015 - it adds up to a year in which her career looks destined to enter overdrive…

I first started writing music because… 
I was 17 years old and going through all of those things that 17 year olds go through. It was an outlet and something to focus on. It put things into place and perspective.

I have been making music since…  
I was around 15. Instead of doing the proper piano practice I was meant to be doing I would noodle around on the keys making up melodies and avoiding what was written on the page in front of me.

My music is…
All about the song and always has been. The other elements are there to enhance and bring out the emotion and thoughts.

You'll like my music if you listen to…
Music that you feel moves you in an instinctive and pure way.

My favourite venue is…
Blackpool Empress Ballroom.

Music is important because…
It gives people something to celebrate. It pulls so many people together that wouldn't ordinarily have anything in common or any reason to be in the same place at the same time.

My biggest inspiration is…
My family. I wouldn't think the way I did or dream the way I do without them.

My dream collaboration would be…
Kate Bush. To be in a studio with her or even just in the same room would be a huge dream.

To try me out, listen to my song…
For You. I think it is the most 'me' song as it was one of the first I ever wrote. I didn't know what I was doing!

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
In Blackpool still perhaps, working a job to make money to live. Maybe I'd have been a firefighter like my Dad.

In 10 years time I want to be…
As excited as I feel right now about music and the future. I hope to always be passionate and thinking on to the next thing.

Unguarded is released on 26 January.

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