Some artists seem to come into the world fully formed, emerging seemingly out of thin air with a raw talent that can’t help but grab your attention. Lily Moore is one such artist. From busking the streets of Brighton to sharing stages with George Ezra, James Bay and Tom Grennan on tour, the singer-songwriter has come a long way and with the release of her latest single ‘Why Don’t You Look At Me’, she shows no sign of stopping.
Growing up with a love for Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone and Etta James, Moore has adopted a soulful, husky voice that’s powerfully laced around painfully honest lyrics also inspired by these iconic stars. Combining vintage styles with contemporary melodies, she represents everything about soul past, present and future.
Now 20 years old, she started out regularly busking as this was the only way she could publicly perform as a teen. Developing her style and stage presence in such an intimate space, she now offers audiences captivating and heartfelt performances which can still be felt within her records. When she took the leap and moved to London, she brought with her the vibrancy of Brighton’s busking and open mic scene and began her own club night/residency at West London’s Mau Mau named More Moore, with the opening night including performances from Tom Grennan and Etham & Plested.
In April 2018, she released her debut EP Not That Special which contains four neo-soul ballads with elements of traditional RnB. Produced by Jim Abbiss (Adele, Arctic Monkeys), the album remains as authentic as possible. It has a real stripped-back feel that allows every bit of emotion to strike listeners so powerfully it’s as though you’re sat right next to her. The lead single (which was also her official debut release) alone led her to be named one of 2018’s most exciting newcomers by Hunger as its simple yet stunning combination of guitar and vocals left listeners ready for more.
Her second EP I Will Never Be was released in October and is just as raw. The melancholy title track and equally sombre ‘Do This For Me’ were co-written with Eg White (Craig David, Kylie, Adele) who was also involved in the writing process for ‘Not That Special’, creating strong cohesion between the two releases. Whereas Not That Special’s instrumentation is based around guitars, percussion and occasionally piano, this release experiments further with the neo-soul style and what to use to express it. For example, opening title track involves an organ and gospel-like vocals inspired by George Michael while piano melodies are more prominent throughout, giving this a more mature and developed sound.
To celebrate I Will Never Be‘s release, she embarked on her debut headlining tour across the UK with multiple dates selling out. Her performances were described as “funny, intriguing and pitch perfect throughout” by When The Horn Blows, backed up by comments of “simply outstanding” and “a breath of fresh air” by The Perfect Tempo.
Last month she released her latest single ‘Why Don’t You Look At Me’ in preparation for her upcoming UK tour. This bass-heavy track has a more modern twist and proves that she’ll never let her sound grow stagnant. Check it out below!Buy Tickets introducing / lily moore