Very little is known about 20-year-old Salford born songstress,Ren Harvieu, but one fact we can bring you with conviction is that she possesses an elegantly luxurious vocal style which belies its modern context. Backed by production from Jimmy Hogarth, who has previously found success with Amy Winehouse and Paulo Nutini, this Northern talent could be the next female solo artist to be hand-picked from obscurity to garner mainstream acclaim.
The youngest of three girls, her father used to sing in pubs around Manchester, while Harvieu entered a number of talent shows. Despite this early enthusiasm for singing and also studying musical theatre, she never really entertained the idea of becoming a musician as being more than a daydream. But after recording in a friend’s studio and posting her efforts online, she soon found a manager and a deal with Island while still in her teens.
After keeping a low online profile and allowing herself to develop, she is now ready to release her debut single, Through The Night, on July 4th. A full-length, also taking this title, is to be expected in September too. Glasvegas, The Zutons’ Dave McCabe, Ed Harcourt, and Candie Payne, all worked with Harvieu while she was writing the record. The new single is on soundcloud below, as is her version of Roy Orbison‘s Cryin’, which features Glasvegas.
Words: Simon Butcher
01 – Liverpool, Kazimier
02 – London, The Garage
03 – Birmingham, HMV Institute
04 – Glasgow, Classic Grand (small room)
06 – Manchester, Deaf Institute