JAKE MORLEY built a following via YouTube, social media and relentless gigging, like Ben Howard and Ed Sheeran. Like Sheeran he tells small tales with an attention to the tawdriness and minutiae of existence, and like Howard he tends to tap his guitar percussively. He should do well. He is doing well: radio loves him, and he was recently part of HMV's Next Big Thing Festival 2012, with a sold out headline gig to an ecstatic crowd at the Jazz Café.
The buzz: "Great real life lyrics and superb virtuoso playing. That's extraordinary!" Tom Robinson, 6Music.
The truth: If Jake Morley has a hit, we … won't be remotely surprised.
Most likely to: Write a song about chocolate digestives.
Least likely to: Make us want to digest his songs.
File next to: Ed Sheeran, Jack Johnson, Ben Howard, Newton Faulkner
"... he's a bloke being hailed as a hero for singing stripped-down songs about getting the tube or reflecting on schooldays in a manner that, in its insistence on the presentation of life at its most banal, makes a mockery of the idea of rock as an arena for myth-making, grand schemes and experimental adventure. Still, they're flocking to see this 28-year-old former law student turned minstrel on London's open mic scene as he opens his heart about his crappy love life and lays his guitar on its side to variously tap it like a piano and bash it like a drum kit. Apparently, the crowds go wild when he does this, as if they were witnessing something on a par with the invention of fire. And he attracts a particularly ardent type of crowd: one fan spent six months making a video to go with his single Many Fish To Fry, the title track of his debut album." [The Guardian 2012]
“We like this a lot” Dermot O’Leary, Radio 2
“He is certainly something else! Very charismatic and a fantastic singer and guitar player.” Janice Long, Radio 2
“Jake Morley and his impressive band more than have what it takes… an ambitious pop sound that is every bit as bright and sparkly as the main player himself” 4 stars The Independent
'Gorgeous emotional songwriting' - Tom Robinson (BBC6music)
Emily Baker, an award winning singer /songwriter who feels most at home holding a beaten up old guitar in a weird tuning. Add in a dash of inspiration from those perfect songs from the canyon in the 1970’s and you’ll get a good idea of what her music sounds and feels like.
‘a smart and sassy debut album...’ - Acoustic Magazine
When Annie Lennox presented Emily with The Arts Foundation Fellowship in Songwriting, things began to slot into place. Her debut record 'House Of Cards' gaining great critical acclaim was the perfect start. Her ever increasing, dedicated and loyal army of fans ‘round the world providing a wonderful network of support. There has not been a more exciting and creative time for Emily.
'When I realised I felt a small pang of jealousy for how good one of these songwriters is - that was when I knew I'd found my winner.' - Vashti Bunyan, (Arts Foundation Judge)
In 2011, Emily enjoyed a wonderful UK tour supporting Jon Allen. She also supported her friend Amy Wadge; touring the country in her new partnership with Pete Riley, who himself is back from US stadium tours with Edwin McCain. The gigs were such a huge success, Emily is continuing to tour the UK with them into 2012.
She has also previously supported Ed Sheeran, Marcus Bonfanti, Chris Difford, Jesca Hoop, Charlie Winston, Beth Rowley, Frank Turner and Gabriella Cilmi. Not forgetting dear friends going the independent route; Hope & Social, Steve & Lobelia Lawson, Kira Small, Jake Morley and Paper Aeroplanes.
Pete Doherty cited her as the person who first influenced him to pick up a guitar, they were reunited in 2010 and she supported shows at Bournemouth Opera House and Hackney Empire.
Emily headlined London Songwriters Week and played the International Folk Alliance Festival in Memphis, Tennessee. She has also played The Great Escape, Secret Garden Party and London City Showcase.
‘more hits and hooks than a 12 round boxing match, a tour de fource in confident well crafted songwriting ... Baker, is set to become a star’ - R2 Magazine