Rae Morris has been cited as a ‘one to watch’ since she emerged on the music scene back in 2011.
Originating from Blackpool, the 21 year old singer-songwriter’s distinctive voice and lyrics that sound as if they were penned by someone twice her age have gained her a lot of critical acclaim. She has released a number of EPs and singles, and also featured on Bombay Bicycle Club’s number one album So Long, See You Tomorrow.
This year will see her headline the Introducing Stage at Leeds Festival before embarking on another UK tour in September.
Speaking to her ahead of Leeds Festival and also her own show at the Brudenell Social Club in September, I asked Rae how it feels to be headlining the same stage she had a 15 minute slot at just a few years ago. “It feels amazing. It feels really strange, actually, I can’t believe it’s been three years since I first did it. I guess Leeds Festival was my first festival appearance as well, so it’s got a really dear place in my heart.”
Rae has released a considerable number of material already. Her début album is due out later this year, but at the moment Rae is reluctant to give too much away, including what the record is going to be called. “I haven’t actually told anyone yet.”, she laughs nervously. “I don’t know when I’ll tell people, but I’m kind of living with the title myself for a little bit, first; then hopefully when I’m brave enough I’ll tell people. I’ve got something in the pipeline. I’m just excited for people to hear it.”
“Tracks that people may have heard in the beginning on the EPs are now album versions, and there are quite a few new tracks that nobody’s heard before that will be on there. It’s a kind of balance of old stuff and news stuff.”
After her own tour, Rae will accompany her contemporary George Ezra on his nationwide tour. She has already supported several big names like Noah and the Whale and Bombay Bicycle Club, but who has been her favourite person to support? “I supported Tom Jones the other day, which is kind of funny! But definitely Bombay Bicycle Club, I know it’s an obvious answer, but they have been so good to me over the last few years and given me the opportunity to play with them in so many amazing venues. I just feel like I’ve learnt so much from them.”
Rae Morris plays at Leeds Festival on Sunday August 24. She also plays at the Brudenell Social Club, on September 21. http://raemorris.co.uk/