Rae Morris would have you believe that she just fell upon a career in music, but truth be told she's reallly made her own luck. She has moulded her indentity in her own time and on her own terms, and honed her skills on the live circuit, where she's never once experienced a bad reception.
'Taxi drivers are always asking me why I'm not on Britain's Got Talent,' she says with an easy charm. But I still find it hard to stand up and sing. All I've ever done is sit down and play piano'.
Spend just a minute in Rae's company and it's not hard to imagine why friends - and taxi drivers - have recognised that she'd smash through any talent competition. 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.
Her unique and grand confidence on the deeply emotional songs that form her forthcoming debut record are based on one particularly significant relationship. They’re about love and loss, but don’t take the most obvious approch to these well-trodden subject matters. New single Skin indicates the baroque nature of her sound, with its haunted piano keys, sparse production and heart-rending vocals. Like her idols Kate Bush and PJ Harvey, Rae cannot be pigeonholed.
21-year old Rachel Anne Morris was born in Blackpool and chose to stay there over moving to London after signing to Atlantic. Her earliest memories of music include having her mind blown by her brother playing her Coldplay's Parachutes through his Mindisc player, or watching Kate Bush's video to Cloudbusting with her dad. She takes the name ‘Rae’ from her grandfather, Raymond – a carpenter and local musician.