Rae Morris would have you believe that she just fell upon a career in music, but truth be told she’s absolutely made her own luck. Rae has moulded her identity in her own time on her own terms, and honed her skills on the live circuit, where she’s never once experienced a bad reception. Rae’s killer combination of coy, girl-next-door charm, heart-warming backstory and songwriting flair – not to mention her utterly disarming chamber pop vocal – would have the entire nation eating out the palm of her hands. Like her idols Kate Bush and PJ Harvey, Rae cannot be pigeonholed.
Twenty-one year old Rachel Anne Morris was born in Blackpool and chose to stay there over moving to London after signing to Atlantic. Her family have never moved. Remaining in the same house where she grew up with her parents and older brother has not just kept her grounded, it’s hugely contributed to the development of her voice and style. Her earliest memories of music include having her mind blown by her brother playing her Coldplay’s Parachutes through his Minidisc player, or watching Kate Bush’s video to Cloudbusting with her dad.
Thanks to her humble charm, she’s attracted a wealth of like-minded, young British singer-songwriters with a similar commitment to their own independent flair, and considers herself part of a loosely-termed ‘collective’. This explains why you’ll likely clock eyes on singer-guitarist Lucy Rose, Brit Award winner Tom Odell (who invited her on tour with him, and sings on her album track Grow), producer and electronic marvel Ben Garrett (aka Fryars, co-producer on Cold), or Bombay Bicycle frontman and sometime touring partner Jack Steadman backstage in the dressing room after one of her headline shows. Her reputation as a ‘musician’s musician’ makes sense of the numerous guest appearances on her forthcoming debut 'Unguarded'. Yet, Rae is anything but a collaborator-for-hire - she’s stuck to her own creative vision, so she can carve a path for herself that’s distinct from all the other noise surrounding the current musical spectrum. Put it plainly, there is nobody else in the UK right now who sounds quite like Rae.
Rae Morris will play Southampton and Brighton in October as part of a wider UK tour.