Following a sold-out London headline show at The Waiting Room on Tuesday, today CHARLOTTEshares the video to her debut single ‘I Tell Lies’ through The Orchard taken from the ‘Nowhere To Hide’ EP out on 3rd May.
Directed by Tommy Davis (Billie Eilish, Rat Boy) the poignant video sees us glimpsing into CHARLOTTE‘S young life with original childhood footage cut between a dynamic performance surrounded by her hometown friends.
CHARLOTTEexplains “I wanted to create something that showed the contrast between me being an unfiltered, happy child with no inhibitions and the grown up me that masks my true emotions by putting on an act. Working with Tommy was the perfect person to help me create something nostalgic, authentic to me and unmistakably British in its aesthetic. I went through hours and hours of old home footage to get the childhood footage. We filmed the performance scenes in a pub with my mates because that’s where most of the nights that inspired this song started. This is my first ever music video, I’m nervous for people to see it but very proud of what we’ve made.”
Discovered by worldwide hit maker Toby Gad – writer of ‘All of Me’ (John Legend), ‘If I Were A Boy’ (Beyonce), ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ (Fergie) and more – ‘I Tell Lies’ was produced by The Orphanage – aka – Trevor Brown and Zaire Koalo (Kehlani, Aleissa Cara, Demi Lovato).
Having already written with, and for, artists including BRIT-nominated Mabel, JP Cooper, The Vamps, Aloe Blacc and Liv Dawson, CHARLOTTE‘S journey began when she was 4 years old – singing and playing in her grandparents touring band around the UK & Europe; this was where she developed her love of soul music.
Inspired by all the soul greats; Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder and Otis Redding,CHARLOTTEspent her early teens performing in pubs until her family moved to Singapore when she was 14 years old – isolated from her friends and the life she knew, she started to write and sing every day, finding therapy in her music to cope with these inner struggles as a teenager.
The soulful, beautiful and melancholic ‘Nowhere To Hide’ EP reveals CHARLOTTE‘S unique voice and timeless sound rooted in great soul and pop music of past and present, whilst also highlighting CHARLOTTE‘S innate songwriting ability to write a hook and catchy melody. CHARLOTTE explores the painful journey from child to adult in brutal honesty with heart-rending beauty, addressing those difficult teenage years – battling everything from body confidence and unrequited love to independence and loneliness. With early support from SBTV– they filmed a live version of ‘Just Me’ – the fully biographical EP gets released on 3rd May.
Hailing from Hull, CHARLOTTE finally got her break last year, when she was discovered by Grammy-nominated global hit maker Toby Gad (Beyonce/John Legend/Fergie) – CHARLOTTEbecame the first artist and songwriter Toby Gad signed to his publishing company. After one writing session in LA he offered to sign her immediately.
The full tracklisting for the ‘Nowhere To Hide’ EP is: