Anchorage, Alaska born singer and songwriter Earl grew up living in a gas station and singing gospel in her local church choir. As a Jazz obsessive since the age of 7, any free time was spent listening to the crackling of classic Duke Ellington and Josephine Baker on her father’s old record player.
With a personal journey that could easily have been made up by a Hollywood screenwriter, Earl’s incredibly colourful formative years have, by her own admission, shaped her creative streak to this day. Following moves to various cities searching for ‘that’ sound, and a what turned out to be fortuitous, almost life ending encounter with a speeding van, Earl now resides in North London and is fulfilling her lifelong musical ambition to perform her own inventive brand of Jazz as she records her brand-new album, collaborating with an enviable array of talent including Paloma Faith and Basement Jaxx as well as the remarkable New Orleans Preservation Jazz Hall Band.
With the BBC Introducing team championing Earl’s unique sound from the get-go, Earl saw her first independent single play listed at Radio 2, with the follow-up ‘I Love You’ – through new label BMG Records – turning into a game changer, leading to a second Radio 2 playlist and a spellbinding Maida Vale Session for the broadcaster.
Earl’s brand new single taken from her forthcoming debut will be ‘Tongue Tied’, which showcases a more up-tempo, syncopated swing side to Earl’s musical cannon, utilising an instantly recognisable sample by Professor Bobo and Bosko Slim. The video for ‘Tongue Tied’ continues Earl’s love of the era, set in a prohibition style Speakeasy which swiftly switches to a more sedate ‘Bingo Hall’ when raided by the police looking for illicit activity.
Earl has also been announced as special guest on Rick Astley’s sold out UK Tour through March and April, running for 23 dates including a very special night at London’s legendary RoyalAlbert Hall on April 13th… the perfect place to see this hugely captivating performer deliver another magnetic performance.
Full tour dates supporting Rick Astley are as follows: