30th May 2019
By Rhiannon Cobb
Earlier this month we headed down to the first TMRW Sessions – an evening featuring 6 emerging artists from Croydon’s BRIT School (you know, the place that has produced a HELLUVA lot of talent, including Amy Winehouse, Adele and Katie Melua), in their Yo Croydon space, set up to create a chilled vibe with sofas, chairs and even plants. All, for the bargain price of a fiver.
Our guest writer Rhiannon Cobb, a student at the BRIT School herself, reviewed the night for us, to whet our appetites for TMRW’s next sessions on Thursday 11 July.
The TMRW hub is not only a beautiful set up but the largest coworking space that welcomes entrepreneurs and digital businesses in South London. A couple of week’s ago the downstairs space was turned upside down to create an intimate venue, that showcased the next generation of upcoming BRIT school students.
The BRIT school was home to some of the most influential artists like Adele and Jessie J until they skyrocketed to fame in the years after their graduation. The TMRW hub organised a space to catch the aspiring artists before they shoot to stardom and it surely was an experience! The chilled atmosphere was comparable to that of Sofar Sounds and nesting the stage were comfy cushions and chairs. This ideal layout allowed the audience to close their eyes and fully focus on the music.
The third performance from Leah Haworth allowed the audience to really listen to personal and meaningful lyrics. It was a very special night for Leah as it was her last ever gig as a BRIT school student. Throughout her two years studying she has been able to produce and record her own EP “Midnight Loneliness” entirely by herself, which is a huge achievement. Her voice was delicate but powerful; her expertise in her song “Shining Morning” was spotted by Riverside Radio and was even awarded their track of the week.
Overall, the outstanding performances and the intimate venue of TMRW were astonishing. It was truly an exceptional event with all the artists having their own original songs. They are unquestionably destined to have promising careers in the future. So keep up-to-date with these up-and-coming artists as they have big things coming. The gig was such a great success TMRW are hosting their second event with BRIT school students on 11 July so listen out for that!
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5th May 2019
EP Review: Leah Haworth — ‘Midnight Loneliness’
By Christoph Büscher
As mainstream popular music is slowly, tentatively rediscovering folk and country influences, a whole wave of upcoming artists continues to breathe new life into the much-loved genres.
Among them is Leah Haworth.
Born in Darwen, UK, and now residing in London, the singer-songwriter is stepping into the spotlight with her new EP ‘Midnight Loneliness’. Filled with deeply personal lyrics that are “really bloody scary to have the world hear”, the collection of five folky tracks aims to “make you think about life, love and loss”.
Let’s have a listen and see whether Leah succeeds in her musical and lyrical quest.
1) “Safe With You” (9/10)
“What if you flew into space? You’d see the stars and you’d want to stay.”
Starting off with the line “maybe we’re all born to die”, the EP jumps right into familiar singer-songwriter territory with its opening track “Safe With You” — a pensive yet hopeful mid-tempo gem.
Leah’s songwriting shines through from the first minute, pairing exceptionally captivating lyrics with proven melodies to leave you with a smile on your face in anticipation of the rest of the EP. This is how you open a song collection.
2) “Why Can’t I Sleep” (8/10)
“I stand and I stare as the world turns to stone.”
Starting off slower and darker than “Safe With You”, this track has folky verses that sound distinctly familiar in their beautiful simplicity. Really, though, “Why Can’t I Sleep” wins you over with its powerful chorus that quickly burns itself into your head and presents itself as the perfect soundtrack for a car ride on a rainy night.
Lyrically, the song stays in relatively safe heartbreak territory, but does so exceptionally well. Relatable, yet far from clichéd lines are carried by Leah’s powerful vocals, taking you on a highly emotional five-minute journey.
3) “Hours” (7/10)
“I’ll just let the world smile and speak for me.”
The pensive mood of the EP continues on the brooding “Hours”, which finds Leah putting emphasis on her vocal delivery in the dark verses and the intense chorus.
On a lyrical level, the singer-songwriter masterfully plays with well-known imagery, delivering the saddest description of taking a bath you’ve probably ever heard. “There’s something about the way the droplets hit my face,” Leah sings. “I watch them evaporate.”
“Hours”, clearly, represents the darkest moment of the lonely night the singer-songwriter traces on her EP. It may not feel quite as exciting and novel as the first two tracks, but it certainly keeps the songwriting on a laudably high level.
4) “Wish You The Best In Life” (8/10)
“I’ll keep hurting if it means that I can fight this whole thing and learn to find myself.”
While continuing her strategy of finding new words to describe well-known emotions and situations in sombre soundscapes, Leah returns to the lighter kind of chorus melodies she used on “Why Can’t I Sleep”.
As such, “Wish You The Best In Life” builds up beautifully from an “Hours”-style first verse to morph into a highly enjoyable, almost-but-not-quite uplifting folk song. There certainly seems to be an end to the darkness in sight here, a silver lining that works well in the context of the overall journey that is ‘Midnight Loneliness’.
5) “Shining Morning” (9/10)
“The ghost of all our memories, it fills the silence that surrounds.”
Leah seemingly applies the brakes again for the EP’s finale with a suitably unhasty and emotionally charged ballad.
But then, just after the one-minute mark, the song unexpectedly picks up pace. Leah says goodbye to the relatable lonely night that is the setting of her EP with what is probably the strongest of her chorus hooks, greeting the morning.
“Shining Morning” is the powerful finale we didn’t see coming at this point — but it’s the perfect closer for our sonic journey.
With her ‘Midnight Loneliness’ EP, Leah Haworth sets out to take the listener on an emotionally charged trip through the darkest hours of the night. And in that, she certainly succeeds.
From the pensive lines of “Safe With You” to the soaring chorus of “Shining Morning”, the intelligently written songs let us dive not only into the singer-songwriter’s heart but also our own. Specific descriptions meet universal feelings to create a folk music ride that you should definitely get on.
See the official article here
LEAH HAWORTH: MIDNIGHT LONELINESS (EP REVIEW)
By Dave Simpson
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6th April 2017
Teen singer Leah Haworth grabs place at London music school who developed careers of Adele and Jessie J
By Steph Brawn
A TEENAGE singer-songwriter is set to follow in the footsteps of superstars after clinching a place at a top music school in London.
Leah Haworth, 16, is one of just 25 people in the country who will be going to study at the Brit School in Croydon this year where the likes of Jessie J, Adele and Leona Lewis started their journeys.
The Darwen Aldridge Community Academy student will move to the capital in September and will learn about recording, song writing, performance and the business side of the music industry while on her BTEC course.
Leah, of St Peter’s Close in Darwen, said she was in shock when she received her acceptance letter.
She said: “As soon as the post arrived I rushed to the front door. I was a bit nervous when I was opening it but as soon as I saw that I had got a place I was just crying and screaming with happiness.
“I always felt I had done my best in my audition and it seems my hard work has really paid off. It’s so exciting.
“I have wanted this opportunity for years. I just can’t get my head around it.
“It is so difficult to get into the music industry and that’s why I decided to go for this rather than sixth form.
“You’ve just got to get yourself out there anyway you can and I hope to help as many people as possible in the future with my music.”
Leah is one of just five people outside of London to receive a place this year.
She released her first EP early last year and has since performed at Darwen Live, Moofest and at the town’s library theatre.
Leah has been tutored at the Darwen School of Music for the past three years by soul singer Paul Davies, who has sung with the likes of Kim Weston and The Vandellas.
Mr Davies said: “Like most things in life, learning to sing stays true to the phrase ‘you get out what you put in’.
“Leah had been coming for vocal coaching sessions for three years and in that time she has strived to improve herself at every opportunity
“She reminds me of myself when I started out, hungry to succeed.
Established in 1991, the Brit School has a long list of famous alumni which also includes Amy Winehouse and Katy B.
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Step By Step say hello to Leah Haworth singing sensation
Today we caught up with one of moofest’s youngest performers Leah Haworth to ask her a few questions and find out a little more about her.
Who are you what do you play?
I am Leah Haworth and I’m a 15 year old acoustic singer/songwriter.
What inspired you to make music?
I have been singing for as long as I can remember but was specifically inspired by Katy Perry when I went to her concert when I was 11. I was so amazed by how one woman can bring together so many people in union and harmony and it made me want to do the same so since then I’ve been working my absolute hardest to thrive as much as I can at this age in this industry
How has your music evolved since you first began playing?
I have definitely evolved since I first started writing songs, singing and playing guitar at age 11. As I started to get into my teenage years I noticed a dramatic change in my writing and playing skills and singing abilities – my voice just started to do more of what I wanted it to (after much hard work of training it to!) My writing skills have also definitely matured as I’ve started to listen to a range go singer songwriters and taking inspiration from them all.
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
For breakfast this morning I ate an apple and had a McDonald’s cappuccino (they are so good).
What’s your favourite breakfast cereal?
I don’t really like cereal but if I had to eat one, it’d probably be Frosties!
What’s the worst job you ever had?
The worst job I’ve ever had was putting peed-on bed sheets into a bin bag… I’m only 15 so I’ve never had a proper job.
What would you do if you were invisible for a day?
If I was invisible for one day I would definitely spy on one of my teachers to see what they are actually like outside of school (although most of my teachers are pretty cool anyway).
What’s your favourite ride at the fair?
My favourite fair ride has got to be the Waltzers or the Pre-Miami Xtreme, but I love all fair rides and rollercoasters so no offence to the others!
Have you ever milked a cow?
I have never milked a cow nor thought about milking a cow… (Maybe I could be taught how to when I sing at MooFest!)
What’s your favourite cheese?
My favourite cheese is cheddar cheese, but I’m not fussy… Unless It’s that one with mould in it, ew.
What’s your favourite sandwich?
My favourite sandwich is either a crisp butty or a beef and onion butty.
Do you have a nickname at school?
At school my friends call me multiple nicknames – Leanne, LeeLee (how cheesy) and my friend Maisie also calls me the ‘Grandma’ of the group… In Primary school though I used to get called Tree or Green Giant because I was really tall with curly hair! I’m usually just known as the singer now though haha.
Have you ever written a fan letter?
I have written a letter being the fan… I gave one to Katy Perry at her concert in 2014 and she took it off me and carried it off stage with her. I also gave Gabrielle Aplin a fan letter which she took off me on stage leading to a full on conversation between us!
What’s your most disgusting habit?
My most disgusting habit is probably biting my nails, I’m always getting told off for doing it hahah!
If you were a domestic appliance what would it be?
If I was a domestic appliance I would probably be a freezer because I’m so cold hearted – joking! (That’s about as funny as I get)
What’s your favourite word?
My favourite word would either be narcissistic or idiosyncrasy.
Can you think of a good poem about moofest?
A MooFest poem by Leah Haworth –
Roses are red
Violets are blue
When you come to MooFest
get ready to hear the cows moo!
Tell us a joke?
Shi Tim Ish
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Advice I would give to people wanting to form their own bands is to learn great jokes. Just kidding (see, hilarious). I would say to just really learn who you are and what you want to stand for and master that craft. You will be up against so many people but don’t think of it as a competition, work with the people you’re up against and befriend them. It’s better to have allies than enemies. Be yourself and don’t think you have to change to become what you want to become; stick to your instincts and trust your gut.
How can the moofesters get hold of your music?
The MooFesters can get hold of my music via Youtube and Facebook for my covers and live performances, but for my new EP – Step By Step – iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and Amazon. They can also follow me on Twitter (@Leah_Haworth) or add me on Facebook/like my Facebook page – I love to hear what people think about my music and covers etc!
Any last words?
Hope everyone has a great day, week, month, year, life and I look forward to looking back on this cool little Q&A when I’m older and cringing at my answers! SEE YOU ALL AT MOOFEST!!!! (This has been so fun to answer omg.)
There we have it folks 20 questions and answers with the highly talented Leah. Now you know a little bit about her, her famous pen friends, her worst habits and how to get her music. Now get yourselves over to Leah’s youtube channel to take a look and also get over to i-tunes to purchase the debut EP ‘Step By Step’. Thanks to Leah for her time and we can’t wait to see her live at moofest. If you can’t wait until then Leah is playing at this years Darwen Live at Darwen Library theatre on 29th May.