Athena to release 'Finding England' on March 5
Release: ‘Finding England’, single
Released: 5th March 2012
Label: Embraceable Records
"Brave and original. A remarkably fine singer songwriter” The Guardian
About debut album ‘Breathe With Me’:
"This powerful emotive debut deserves to mark her out as one of the year's major new stars." **** Mojo
"She's got earthshaking looks and a talent to match. Listen closely and a startling originality emerges"
**** Daily Mirror
"Sparklingly spans the boundaries of music, enhanced by a voice of great emotional resonance." **** Uncut
"Young, vivacious, charismatic... the balance of her own sensual songs with a mix of tradition and classical influence gives her a rare individuality." Word
"Radiating class and oodles of talent... a voice blessed… this rare diamond ought to shine." Daily Mail
Athena releases new single ‘Finding England’ on 5th March, taken from her second album ‘Peeling Apples’ released on 19th March, through Embraceable Records.
Athena has the same sort of clear artistic vision that marks out Norah Jones or Tori Amos or Bjork with a fresh, limitless ambition. She navigates the most intimate subjects on human nature and relationships with the skill of a classic songwriter, and one of the UK’s most original voices. As Jamie Cullum recently noted Athena is “classic with a twist”.
Athena’s childhood was filled with obstacles that have made her the determined singer songwriter she is today. From very young she was denied a piano and the first time Athena told her parents she wanted to dedicate her life to music her father insisted she study business, so she headed to Bath University and achieved a First Class Honours Degree.
“I was very unhappy though,” she says. “I didn’t see the point in living without doing what I loved full time so I left home and enrolled in Trinity Music College. I wanted to learn everything I could about music.”
The education and perseverance has served her well, Athena’s debut album, ‘Breathe With Me’ (2009), drew many excellent reviews, and since then she has headlined and sold out numerous UK tours, headlining the Purcell Rooms in London, playing at Glastonbury, and had songs covered by other artists and seen her own music synced with TV, commercials and movies. All the while Athena has built a strong and sizeable following with the sort of word of mouth that can only come from connecting directly with the emotional heart of your audience.
Now there is a new album, ‘Peeling Apples’, produced by Swedes Magnus Frykberg and Tobias Froberg (Ane Brun and Lisa Ekdahl), and co-writers on the record include Richard Causon (Ryan Adams, Ethan Johns, The Kings of Leon, Rufus Wainwright), and Jamie Hartman (Joss Stone, Anastacia) features on a duet.
Perhaps the most poignant song on her new album is ‘Finding England’, a song about letting go of expectation. Set in London, this wistful city-themed tale is an intimate and warm soundtrack to the cold winter days.
Athena plays live at Bush Hall on 27th March
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See the new video below: