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May
31

FREYA RIDINGS NEW SINGLE CASTLES (AND ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM!)

F R E Y A R I D I N G S
SHARES NEW SINGLE CASTLES &
ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF HER SELF-TITLED
DEBUT ALBUM ON 19th JULY

GLASTONBURY PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCED : JOHN PEEL STAGE ­ SAT 29 JUNE
BBC SUMMER SOCIAL, LATITUDE, ISLE OF WIGHT AND OTHER FESTIVALS ANNOUNCED!

The new Adele......Freya Ridings is the voice of 2019. ­ The Times

This singer brings classical precision and raw emotion to celestial pop. ­ GQ

An extraordinary talent. ­ Sunday Times Culture

The most exciting rising talent in UK music. She is a superstar in waiting. ­ The Sun

Freya Ridings emerged to be the surprise success story of 2018 with her breakthrough platinum-selling hit Lost Without You. A once-in-a-lifetime song that immediately put Freya on the map, it hit the Top 10 on seven separate occasions during a six-month run in the Top 40 and is now approaching 200 million streams.

Now Freya Ridings looks set to cement that phenomenal start to her career with the release of new single Castles and her self-titled debut album, which will be released on July 19th on GOOD SOLDIER via AWAL Recordings. It demonstrates precisely why she became the new star on everyone¹s lips, from Taylor Swift to Florence Welch and Richard Quinn.

I'm incredibly grateful that people come to my shows and are enthusiastic about the songs, says Freya. I feel really humbled when people say that my music helped them in some way. I¹ve made an album that I¹m really proud of, but Im determined to keep working hard. I'm certainly not going to rest on my laurels.

The album as a whole explores themes of doubt, pain, regret and vulnerability within songs of alchemical incandescence. Freyas extraordinary, vibrato-rich voice elevates them into her greatness ­ a vocal gift thats undoubtedly one of the most powerful voices of her generation.

Previous singles Lost Without You, You Mean The World To Me, Blackout and new single Castles feature on the album, but there¹s a wealth of other striking material to investigate. Her take on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs classic Maps finds the beauty and tenderness in the raw power of the original. Elsewhere, the fully realised new recordings of tracks such as Poison and Elephant take on a new life, having previously featured on her early limited edition live albums. Brand new material shines through too, notably on a live-favourite Holy Water and Still Have You.

Aside from Maps, Freya wrote all of the eleven songs that feature on the album which underpins her world class credentials as a songwriter. In an era in which hits are inevitably written by committee, Lost Without You saw Freya become the first female artist to have an entirely self-written Top 10 hit since Kate Bush¹s Running Up That Hill returned to the charts in 2012.

The album features contributions from two multiple Grammy Award winners in the shape of producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Liam Gallagher), mixer Tom Elmhirst (Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, David Bowie) and Serban Ghenea (Ariana Grande, Halsey, One Republic). Further producers that feature on the album are Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag N Bone Man), Dan Nigro (Lewis Capaldi, Charli XCX) and Jim E Stack (Vampire Weekend).

Freya also announced this week that she would be playing the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury on Sat 29 June. Freya is playing all the major summer festivals including Isle of Wight, Latitude, Wilderness, BBC Summer Social and the Electric Picnic in Ireland.

Album tracklisting:

1. Poison
2. Lost Without You
3. Castles
4. You Mean The World To Me
5. Love Is Fire
6. Holy Water
7. Blackout
8. Ultraviolet
9. Still Have You
10. Maps
11. Elephant
12. Wishbone

UK live dates:

June
14th Isle of Wight Festival
29th Glastonbury, John Peel Stage

July
19th Latitude Festival

August
3rd BBC Summer Social
4th Wilderness Festival
31st Electric Picnic, Ireland

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