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Isabelle Brown is an old soul trapped in the body of a fearless fifteen year-old. Inspired by the rich emotions of Nina Simone and the force-of-nature energy of Tina Turner, her mature perspective and deep found artistry in soulful songwriting is reminiscent of the old-school R&B, jazz and hip-hop influences found in A Tribe Called Quest.
Isabelle Brown’s story thus far is not that of your typical precocious teen star-in-waiting: hard graft, grit and vulnerability, those core values of true Soul music, underpin her powerhouse vocals. Born and raised in Brighton, she wrote her first love song at the age of seven ("which when you think back," she says now, "is an absolute laugh, as I'd never even kissed a boy but thought I was the number one romance guru"). Brought up between two creative, unconventional households - her parents separated around the same time - Brown's irrepressible voice slowly began to draw on experiences of her own. She has spent the last few years singing, writing, performing and recording every weekend or school-holiday, with a close-knit circle of friends, collaborators and family protecting her (largely from her own furious ambition to "get on with it") every step of the way.
Her curious, contemporary twist on these classic sounds is explored across her first mixtape 'Only Having A Laugh,' released in February 2018. Largely written and recorded when she was just twelve years old, early highlights 'Pot of Gold' (a track effectively about finding your potential, featuring Arizona rap trio Injury Reserve) and 'Hey Romeo' (a blistering Eric B and Rakim bootleg, imagining a performance for someone who has no idea you exist) have been met with widespread acclaim. The remainder of the project is similarly refreshing and infectious in its exploration of growing up: from the protective, hip-hop groove of 'Armour' to the tender but defiant 'I'm Just Me', there's a constant thread of playful experimentation throughout, confirming Isabelle Brown as a vocalist and songwriter of boundless promise.
Balancing youthful, restless innocence with innate musical maturity, 'Only Having A Laugh' relishes on love and laughter–these themes continue to take charge in the new music Isabelle is working on.
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