Single Review: Little Sparrow feat. Robin Dewhurst – Tender

By on Friday, 8th December 2017 at 6:00 pm

Header photo by Shay Rowan

Manchester songstress Katie Ware, better known professionally as Little Sparrow, has been busy since we at TGTF first reviewed her debut LP ‘Wishing Tree’ back in 2015. On the strength of that album, Little Sparrow has won accolades including Laurel Canyon Music‘s Favourite New Artist of the Year in December 2016 and an appearance on BBC Breakfast TV’s “Brek-fest” earlier that year. She also appeared with BBC 6 Music personality Chris Hawkins as co-presenter on ‘The Sound Check’, a 2016 television pilot programme showcasing new music. Ware has spent much of 2017 working on the writing and recording of a second full-length album, which is slated for release in 2018.

Eager to release new music before the end of this year, Little Sparrow has just shared news of a lovely new single called ‘Tender’. The track features musical contributions from a host of Ware’s regular collaborators: Robin Dewhurst on piano [yes, dad of Josh Dewhurst of Stockport’s Blossoms – Ed.], Sarah Dale on cello and backing vocals, and Jonny Lexus at the production helm. ‘Tender’ will serve as the lead single for Little Sparrow’s interim project, an EP called ‘Just 3’ that is set to come out early next year.

Lyrically, ‘Tender’ is a sincere and singularly appropriate offering for the upcoming holiday season. Ware relates that the song was written about a member of her own family, and that it was intended to inspire its listeners to “remember people close to you and how much they mean to you.” As always, Little Sparrow’s sonic trademark is her exquisite vocal delivery, and she uses it to full effect here. Exceptionally beautiful in the high part of her register, Ware’s voice is warm, graceful and emotionally evocative throughout the song. Prepare for a gentle yet insistent tug on your heartstrings before you watch the promo video for ‘Tender’, playing just below.


Little Sparrow’s new single featuring Robin Dewhurst, ‘Tender’, is out today. You can find TGTF’s previous coverage of Little Sparrow collected right back here.

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