This British singer/songwriter from London goes by the name of Phoenix Martins and got rather interested when I started reading the brief : “she is set to release her debut single ‘Heartstrings,’on 17th June 2013. To date she has supported and worked with artists including The Noisettes, Fife Dangerfield and Ebony Bones to just name a few…”.
A little bio and insight :
A natural live performer, Phoenix has been singing since the age of seven, when her and her cousin would charge family members fifty pence each to see them sing everything from Aaliyah to Nina Simone. She cites Simone as one of her biggest influences growing up, alongside Fela Kuti, Sarah Vaughan, Stevie Nicks, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson. Right now, she’s been listening to music from Vondel Park, Dry The River, Owiny Sigoma and Larkin & the Sky to name but a few.
Having attended drama school as a child, Phoenix’s theatre background provides another solid foundation for her impressive live performances. She offers Judy Garland and Gene Kelly as big inspirations, expressing admiration for their stage presences as well as their awareness of the importance of presentation in particular.