15-year-old Brighton native Isabelle Brown released her new song “Places” today, available via True Panther.
Mixing restless innocence with innate musical maturity, “Places,” is a vivid portrait of inner strength and an affecting reminder of those places Isabelle’s talent is surely set to take her in the future.
“The song is about a place you can go where you don’t have to pretend to be something you’re not–you can be yourself and be loved and accepted,” Isabelle explains in her own words.
Combining jazz inflections with modern crooning soul and hip-hop production, Isabelle’s expressive voice sings, “I know what you’ve been going through/ let me take you places / I can show you ways that you can be free” and her lighthearted ethos shines through with an outburst of laughter at the end of the track.
Isabelle Brown is an old soul trapped in the body of a fearless fifteen-year-old. Her story thus far is not that of your typical precocious teen star-in-waiting: hard graft, grit and vulnerability, those core values of true Soul music, underpin her powerhouse vocals. Inspired by the rich emotions of Nina Simone and the force-of-nature energy of Tina Turner, her mature perspective and deep found artistry is reminiscent of the old-school R&B influences found in A Tribe Called Quest.
The singer-songwriter’s curious and refreshing contemporary twist on these classic sounds is explored across her first mixtape ‘Only Having A Laugh,’ released in February 2018. The seven-song body of work relishes on love and laughter–themes that continue to take charge in the new music Isabelle is working on.
Born and raised in Brighton, Isabelle wrote her first love song at the age of seven (“which when you think back,” she says now, “is an absolute laugh, as I’d never even kissed a boy but thought I was the number one romance guru”). Brought up between two creative, unconventional households –her parents separated around the same time–Brown’s voice slowly began to draw on experiences of her own. She has spent the last couple of years singing, writing, performing or recording every weekend or school-holiday with a close-knit circle of collaborators – with her friends and family protecting her (largely from her own furious ambition to “get on with it”) every step of the way.