Nottingham’s Harleighblu is our One To Watch.
She has the look of Baduizm-era Erykah and packs a hefty punch with earthy vocals and a soulful band behind her. Harleighblu may well be the newest UK soul sensation and her new album, Forget Me Not, was released on Monday. That’s a huge accolade to bestow on someone early on in their career but with the right moves, she is more than capable. The Nottingham-native grew up on her mother’s old soul and rare groove records which established her style and start writing at 7 years of age. Her determination was pushed further after her grandfather’s death and this resulted in Harleighblu finding a producer that would further her career – Joe Buhdha. It’s pretty evident upon a first listen that her vocal inspirations come from the sacred jazz pool: Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday and maybe a touch of Amy Winehouse. Her elongated melisma and raw inflections pierce through the somewhat plastic sensibilities of modern pop music and will win her plaudits for many years to come.
Stream Harleighblu’s album “Forget Me Not” below.