(SXSW 2015 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #339: Rosie Lowe

By on Monday, 9th February 2015 at 12:00 pm

It shouldn’t have come as a complete shock that Rosie Lowe has pursued a career in music. The Devon-born singer/songwriter comes from a family of musicians who brought her up on a rich musical diet, which saw her through to learning how to play the violin and the piano, all by the age of 5. Heavily inspired by jazz and soul, not to mention strong female musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell and Billie Holiday, Lowe has been compared to the likes of Laura Mvula, Solange Knowles and Jessie Ware, and it’s clear to see why from the experience already under her belt.

Rosie Lowe first rose to fame in 2013 as the vocalist on Lil Silva’s ‘No Doubt’. This was closely followed by the release of her ‘The Right Thing’, her debut EP. Produced by Kwes and Dave Okumu (of The Invisible), the EP received unanimous acclaim from critics and fans alike. Tracks from the EP were added to both the Radio 1 and 1Xtra Introducing playlists – the only artist to ever achieve this feat.

In 2014, Rosie Lowe became Paul Epworth’s latest signing on his Wolf Tone label, whose other signings include Glass Animals. During the summer, Lowe appeared at a string of festival showcases, including Bestival, Liverpool Sound City, Live at Leeds and The Great Escape. She also performed at a sold-out headline show at London’s XOYO in May.

Almost a year on from the release of her debut EP, Rosie Lowe launched ‘Water Came Down’ in September 2014, which premiered on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 programme. This was closely followed by ‘How’d You Like It?’, a fine example of Rosie Lowe’s sophisticated songwriting talent. The two singles are taken from her upcoming debut album, expected for release early this year.

Rosie Lowe will be showcasing at SXSW 2015 in Austin next month.

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