Jodie Marie has announced that she’ll playing a three date residency at St Pancras Old Church in London on the 14th, 21st and 29th of September. The incredibly talented Welsh teenager who will be releasing her debut album through legendary Decca label Verve (home to the likes of The Velvet Underground and Ella Fitzgerald) in early 2012, has one of those voices that makes you just stop in your tracks and go
In a landscape of vacuous pop, Jodie Marie is that rarest of things: a refreshingly pure talent with a collection of deeply personal songs that manage to genuinely affect the listener.
Her voice is that of a classic artist and her unique tone and phrasing is impossible to compare. Whilst the quality and substance of the songs bring to mind greats such as Carole King and Joni Mitchell, her style is truly original within this classic framework of writing. And the emotional depth of her writing belies her mere 19 years of age.
Raised in Narberth in Wales, isolated and disinterested in the pop charts which she is destined to top, Jodie Marie was brought up on a diet of blues and Bonnie Raitt, leading her to a soulful and genuine signature sound.
Discovered by Transgressive Management (the team behind Johnny Flynn, Foals and The Noisettes) when Toby L’s father was on a trip back to his hometown of Wales and loudly talking about his son’s involvement in the music industry was instructed by the landlady to check out the local plumber’s daughter’s music.
She was soon in the studio with Bernard Butler (Duffy, Suede) and Ed Harcourt (Paloma Faith) crafting a debut album comprised of single take songs, recorded live with lush string overdubs in Konk studios (owned by Ray Davies). Signed to Decca to relaunch the classic Verve label, she follows a strong lineage of artists, from Nina Simone and Billie Holliday to the Velvet Underground and is set to transcend trends and convention with her heartfelt debut album released early 2012.