Nottingham native Harleighblu first arrived to the scene in 2013 with her debut album on Tru Thoughts ‘Forget Me Not’. Called the “new queen of Hip Hop Soul” by Mistajam, her debut single from this LP, “Enough Now” was also named his ‘Jam Hot’ single of the week. Three EPs and two albums later, she has shown brilliant growth within the smooth execution and melodic beats present in her work. As noted in a recent interview for #IWD, her influences arrive from other strong female artists. This includes Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott and Amy Winehouse – reflecting Harleighblu’s “lyrical frankness” and music “with a message”.
Harleighblu is no stranger to a great live show, having been booked regularly for festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival, Lollapalooza Berlin and Boomtown. She’s played at London’s prestigious Jazz Cafe and supported Rag’n’Bone Man, Amp Fiddler and Mistajam. Having stated that she is her “most free on stage”, where “It’s [her] favourite form of expression, playing live,” a Harleighblu stage show is not one to miss as she rises through the ranks of the ‘future soul’ genre.
She has received consistent support in the media, from Q to DJ Mag, AfroPunk and USA Today as well as airplay from Charlie Sloth, Trevor Nelson, Craig Charles, Don Letts, Nemone, Huey Morgan, Mr Scruff, and many more. Harleighblu continues to tour and make music, with new releases set for 2019.
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