Check out the latest music from Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Charlie Straw and Rie Fu.
We never thought the cello was a particularly sexy or cool instrument – until we saw cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson, resplendent in a fleek gold catsuit, in action in her latest music video.
Nothing Less is the first track off Witter-Johnson’s soon-to-be released debut album Road Runner, an offering that pays tribute to her Jamaican roots and classical background. On it she combines soulful vocals with the sounds of classical, R&B and jazz.
A graduate of London’s prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and New York’s Manhattan School of Music, Witter-Johnson deftly straddles the worlds of urban and classical.
She also recently performed at the Women of the World festival at the Royal Festival Hall on International Women’s Day 2019, alongside Annie Lennox.
Hailing from the Wirral, Charlie Straw is an artist who has well and truly earnt his performing stripes. He once sofa surfed the length of the UK for 30 days, playing a show every night wherever he could wangle a gig be it in a church, barn or prison.
Straw has also performed at Citadel, Wilderness and The Great Escape, and supported James Bay, Marika Hackman, Nathaniel Rateliff and James Morrison.
He’s just released a new EP which features Light It Up For Me, a feel-good guitar tune that Straw says is “about that moment when you allow yourself to fall in love with someone. I had never fully given myself over to love and I wrestled with it for a while, but this song is me letting go and moving away from that place of isolation”. Check it out.
Rie Fu (pronounced Ree-ay Foo) is an English-based Japanese singer inspired by Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush. For many years Fu lived in Tokyo and released music with Sony Japan. But in 2016 she relocated to Blighty, a move that has seen her music evolve from an electronic sound to something more organic.
She has just released Mirror, a moody, atmospheric number and the first track off her upcoming album Places.
IMAGE CREDIT: RIE FU IMAGE BY AKIO FUKUSHIMA