The final line-up for Glastonbury 2019 has just been announced and, of course, it’s star-studded. Kylie Minogue, The Cure, George Ezra, Janet Jackson, Stormzy and Sheryl Crow are all on the elite list of performers gearing up for a main stage gig.
And so is a relatively unknown artist called Marie White.
Who is Marie White?
She’s an unassuming singer songwriter from Hastings, with a distinctive curly thatch and a soulful voice. The 23-year-old earned her main stage place gig by winning Glastonbury’s 2019 Emerging Talent Competition (ETC).
Thousands of artists entered the competition, which has the potential to catapult rising stars into the limelight. Past winners include Declan McKenna and Izzy Bizu.
Judges whittled down the entries to eight. These artists were then invited to perform live at Pilton Working Men’s Club for Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis. It was there that White’s emotive performance impressed Eavis and his team.
White didn’t get into music until her mid-teens and even then, it wasn’t an auspicious start.
After writing her first song at the age of 15, White proudly performed it for her parents – who quickly assured her that she would never be a singer.
“I was absolutely terrible,” White says. “They really can’t believe that I’m not bad now.”
Undeterred, White went on to make a name for herself singing in cover and function bands locally before releasing her own music. She cites Stevie Wonder and Luther Vandross as inspirations. Check her out here.
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