For Fans Of: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen
A gifted observational lyricist with a distinctively delicate voice, 19-year-old Maisie Peters continues to cement herself as one of the UK’s brightest new talents. She currently boasts over 150m global streams, 4.7m views on YouTube, 3.4m monthly Spotify listeners and has famous fans in global superstar Sam Smith and Lewis Capaldi.
Her songwriting prowess began at just 12-years-old as she began crafting originals; some of which would end up on her YouTube channel a few years later. Her fearless attitude saw her hit up every available pub slot and street corner to perform her sweet songs to anyone who would listen. Atlantic Records soon caught on as they signed her last year and released her debut EP Dressed Too Nice For A Jacket in November.
The six-track collection encapsulates her “emo organic girlpop” sound and incredible talent for storytelling. Her lyrics make obscure personal references that are still inclusive enough for listeners to empathise with as they span across bitter breakups to a friend’s driving instructor not returning a married student’s love. Pi Media said “Her fantastical yet brutally honest depiction of heartache is so completely relatable, but she conveys it in such a way where it’s no longer sad, you just want to dance your heartache away.” and Atwood Magazine commented Peters has “the lyrical prowess of Taylor Swift mixed with the delicate yet fierce vocals of Ed Sheeran.”
The music video for ‘Feels Like This’, unveiled in December, conveys the power of her fanbase already. The simplistic yet effective black-and-white video from the Brighton singer-songwriter was filmed on her UK tour supporting Tom Walker throughout October. In the description of the YouTube video, Peters wrote “I made my TM Harry and keys player Tina come with me to a random Scottish stationers to get a s****y whiteboard and pen. I then asked the audience every night before I played Feels Like This that if they wanted to be involved in my music video, all they had to do was come see me after the show and write a message to someone they loved about absolutely anything.” She used over 150 clips of fans holding up messages to their loved ones, which included the likes of “Thanks for making me me again”, “I love you! Double infinity” and the heartwarming “You’ll do…”
In February, she released her first follow-up single ‘Stay Young’, which was inspired by ‘America’ by Simon & Garfunkel. Its punchy rock melody shows a new side to Peters that still perfectly fits with her previous releases, and introduces a new vocal style that she masters with ease. Similarly, April’s ‘Favourite Ex’ is beautifully stripped-back yet accompanied by strings, and allows for her soft vocals to shine even more with emphasis on her high range.
A captivating live act, Peters has toured with the likes of George Ezra, Mahalia and Tom Walker. This summer has also seen her making the festival rounds, playing memorable sets to packed-out tents at Latitude, All Points East, The Great Escape and more. Her debut headline tour earlier this year sold out and an extra London date was added in a venue almost three times the size of the first.
When asked what fans can expect from her live shows, she told MTV “Chop and change! Me and my band all play different instruments throughout (we hilariously have seven guitars and only two of us who actually play them on stage) and I always want my live show to feel very traditional in providing authentic real musicianship and proper live music, while still having all the excitement and fluidity of a big pop show. Also expect inappropriate jokes and a healthy amount of self depreciation.”introducing / maisie peters