SOAK, aka 18-year-old talent Bridie Monds-Watson, is a jaw-dropping Northern Irish talent who already has enough good songs under her belt to get BBC Introducing frothing at the mouth. Learn more...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 2 Feb 2015
  • min read
Who? SOAK is 18-year-old Bridie Monds-Watson.

What?  A jaw-dropping talent with enough good songs already under her belt to get BBC Introducing frothing at the mouth.

From where? Derry, Northern Ireland

What’s the story? From humble beginnings in an adolescent all-girl indie outfit, Bridie has spread her wings to become a fully-fledged singer-songwriter with enough depth and soul to take her far.

Her inventive streak with instruments, led by sparse guitars and plaintive melodies, helps elevate her sound from bedroom troubadour to stand-out star with national, and international, appeal.

A slot on the BBC Sound of 2015 longlist has certainly helped raise her profile at home and aborad, topping off a year that saw her sign to CHVRCHES’ label, tour with George Ezra and Tegan and Sara, play Glastonbury and work on her debut album.

With firm support from BBC Introducing and PRS for Music Foundation behind her, Bridie is now preparing to make the long trip to South by South West (SXSW) in March to show off her wares.

Sounds like? Her music definitely wouldn’t sound out of place on a playlist with Cat Power, Best Coast and Emmy the Great...

Predicted to? There’s no doubt that we’ll be hearing loads more from Bridie over the coming months…

Must hear? Her latest fragile offering, B A Nobody.

Watch our interview with Bridie here