Kizzy Crawford

Kizzy is a fluent Welsh speaker with Bajan heritage, who's set her sights on bridging the gap between her distinct musical influences. Now signed to BDi, she's linked to the team that discovered Ed Sheeran.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 19 Jan 2015
  • min read
Who? Kizzy Meriel Crawford is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter linked to the same team that discovered Ed Sheeran.

What? Kizzy is a soulful folkie who’s as happy singing shanties in her native Welsh tongue as she is turning out English language jazzy ballads.

From where? Merthyr Vale.

What’s the story? Kizzy’s a fluent Welsh speaker with Bajan heritage, and has set her sights on bridging the gaps between her distinct musical influences and experiences.

Not content with channelling the traditions of folk, pop and soul, Kizzy also brings a choral quality to her sound by using loop pedals and harmonies to layer up her vocals.

In 2013 she caught the ear of songwriting aficionado Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran), and went on to release her stripped back debut EP Temporary Zone in October that year.

The EP won over BBC Cymru first, before landing on the BBC Introducing stereo and leading to her performance at Glastonbury Festival last summer.

Besides her stint at Glastonbury, Kizzy had a jam-packed 2014. In the spring she signed to BDi, a Bucks Music publishing imprint and songwriter development programme led by Sarah Liversedge, and home to Ed Sheeran producer and songwriter Jake Gosling.

She later received her first radio play on 6Music, BBC Wales and BBC Radio 1, and was selected as the latter’s 'Discovery of the Week'.

A solid live proposition, she's also performed at Festival No. 6, Womax, London Jazz Festival and Dinefwr Festival, and supported Gruff Rhys and Newton Faulkner.

Her latest single Shout Out, co-written by Owen Powell (Catatonia, Duffy) and released in March, is a jangly life-affirming slice of folk-pop which will only build on her achievements so far.

Chosen by the Welsh tourist board for its new Visit Wales TV advert, the track is soon to become ubiquitous with the rolling hills and lush greenery of her homeland.

Sounds like? The lulling guitars of Gareth Bonello colliding with the soul-folk of Lianne La Havas.

Predicted to? Become a drive-time radio stalwart.

Must hear? The frisky folk-pop of her new single Shout Out, or the promising soul of very first release Temporary Zone.

Upcoming live dates:
29 January - The Plan, Cardiff
26 February – Rich Mix, London
27 February - Junction 26, Newport
27 March - Torch Theatre, Milford Haven