Charlotte Jane’s debut EP ‘Nowhere To Hide’ established her as one of the UK’s brightest new voices. Quietly amassing millions of streams, it set her on the path to sell-out headline shows in London and hometown Hull, performing at Reading and Leeds and with the likes of Jess Glynne, Dennis Lloyd, Tom Odell and Lewis Capaldi, who believes Charlotte Jane is shaping up to be “one of the biggest fucking things in the world.” Her brand new single ‘Get It Right’ lives up to such high praise.
We got a chance to ask Charlotte some questions, here’s what she had to say.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Daniel Merriweather, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons, Stereophonics, Kings of Leon, The Temper Trap, Damien Rice. There’s such a long list, spanning many genres. My family LOVE music. I went to festivals every year, as a child, and saw and discovered so many amazing artists/bands for myself as well as being shown music by my family at home.”
What has been your best gig?
“I’d say my headline show at home at The Polar Bear in Hull last summer. Everyone screaming the lyrics of my songs with me was the most amazing feeling and being at home made it that bit more special.”
Can you tell us a bit about your music?
“My new single ‘Get It Right’ was born out of sheer anger and humiliation. I got messed around by someone one time too many and this song was the result. I realised I wasn’t even angry at him, I was angry at myself because I knew exactly how it would end. But in a way that was empowering because I proved myself right, I could say ‘I told you so’ to myself and going forward I knew I should trust my instincts more. I love the track so much; the light and airy backing vocals and the way it builds so gradually. It’s been sat in the notes section of my phone for 2 and a half years so I’m over the moon that it’s finally been set free.”
Can you describe your music in 3 words?
“From the heart.”
What makes your music stand out?
“I’d hope that my voice, thoughts and feelings make my music stand out. I write about things that happen to me. I used to think I had to generalise my experiences lyrically so they would be more relatable but now I just say exactly how I feel.”
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
“To gradually release the tracks from my new EP and write an album. Here’s to hoping next year is significantly better than this one.”
If you had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“My love of hummus.”
Do you have any gig’s coming up?
“That’s a really sad question hahaha. I’m sure there’ll be some live stream gigs but no, seems that gigs are still not really possible but I cannot wait for them to be safe again.”
By Siân Parker