2017 was a monumental year for 23-year-old Londoner Freya Ridings. It was a year filled with a plethora of highlights that included releasing her debut single ‘Blackout’ in May 2017 to critical acclaim. It has since flown past 2m streams on Spotify alone, received airplay from the UK to US and beyond and had the Sunday Times gushing that ‘Blackout’ is “A plangent, piano led introduction to an extraordinary talent.”
With praise so early on in her music career, it is clear to see why Freya has quickly amassed quite the fanbase, resulting in her first two London shows and UK tour being completely sold out as well as being invited to support artists including Lewis Capaldi, Tash Sultana, Dotan, Ray LaMontagne, Tears For Fears and Gavin James all in 2017.
Just prior to this, Freya released her second single, ‘Maps’ (a breathtaking version of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s original song) that helped to build upon the foundations that ‘Blackout’ laid as word begins to spread of this young talent, leading perfectly into Freya’s next release ‘Lost Without You’ that would prove to be Freya’s most reactive track to date.
The haunting ballad became Apple’s “Best of The Week” track on release, smashed through 2 million streams on Spotify in its first month, has found a fan in Taylor Swift who included it in her Songs Taylor Loves Playlist and become a sync favourite having been included in several film and TV trailers.
‘Lost Without You’ even had the UK’s Independent tip her as one to watch for 2018, commenting that “her voice is rich and soulful, with stunning depth and emotion”. With nods from the media like this and all of her achievements so early on in her career it is no wonder why 2018 is already shaping up to be the year Freya breaks through into the mainstream.freya ridings / introducing