POWERHOUSE INDIE-ROCK SONGSTRESS JADE BIRD (UK) REVEALS NEW SINGLE “HEAD START
#1 Billboard-charting indie-rock musician Jade Bird has returned from a short hiatus with a stunningly vibrant new single. “Head Start” is a bold, pop-influenced moment with powerhouse vocals and a lively chorus that invites every listener into the world of Jade Bird, with a joyfully uplifting tune that rhythmically connects to the soul.
While her voice has been compared to vintage stars like Alanis Morissette, Dolly Parton and Janis Joplin, Jade Bird’s songwriting and effortless ability to blend genres place her firmly in the new leagues of innovative female performers like Maggie Rogers and Phoebe Bridgers. At only 22 years old, it is obvious that the rawness and freedom of Bird’s musicianship stretches far beyond her years.
“Headstart came out of a trip I made to upstate New York at the beginning of the year.” Bird says, “Being there, I was immediately taken back to the magic and inspiration of creating the first album . It’s quite a light-hearted song, about liking someone who just can’t see the signs, but more than that releasing it feels like a way to give a bit of joy to the end of the year. It feels like community to me, and it makes me want to sing again.”
Born in Hexham in the UK, Jade Bird’s early life was spent mainly in flight as an “army brat”. One of her life’s few constants proved to be the influence of strong working women; at first, by way of her mother and grandmother, who largely raised her, but later the female role models within the musical subcultures Bird became obsessed with. From empowering country heroines like Loretta Lynn to iconic alternative songwriters like Patti Smith – Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill was a similar early touchstone.
Bird is a rising star on the London music scene, delivering a fantastic mix of alternative folk, country and pop. Her incredible debut self-titled album was released in 2019 to widespread critical acclaim, debuting in the Top 10 on the UK charts and surpassing 27 millions streams in the UK alone. She has also brought her show-stopping live performances to Newport Folk Festival, Shaky Knees, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Hangout Festival, SXSW, and landed opening slots for the likes of Hozier, Brandi Carlile, The Lumineers, Father John Misty, Jason Isbell, Colter Wall, Anderson East and Lewis Capaldi.
With a voice that can silence the busiest bar, a charm that can melt the hardest heart, and exceptional songwriting as the through-line through everything she does, Bird has already made a huge impact on the industry, and is set to continue her meteoric rise to prominence.
“Head Start” is available on all platforms now.
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