Josephine

Straight out of Manchester, Josephine Oniyama and her soul-rich voice are taking the music press by storm – with Guy Garvey, Lauren Laverne and Paul Lester (The Guardian) all raving about her, she looks set to be the next big thing. A singer-songwriter, she mixes the genres of indie, soul, folk and indie, taking inspiration for her lyrics from the world around her. According to Josephine, anything, be it love, technology or the weather, can be turned into a song.

Josephine has been playing live since her teens, performing her fist gig at the age of 15. Since then, she’s supported the likes of Paolo Nutini and Michael Kiwanuka, and last month she released her debut album, ‘Portrait’. She lists her influences as the Smiths, Joanna Newsom and Joan Armatrading (among others), and you can hear hints of all them in her music.

Josephine has the aptitude to create songs that are simultaneously contemporary and nostalgic, her powerful voice delightfully compatible with the quirks and charming strangeness of the music. She’s not simply another soul artist trying to replicate Dusty Springfield or Mahalia Jackson either; she brings a post-modern element to the genre, with her music a surprising sequence of twists and turns, a unique artist in every way.

If you’d like to see Josephine live, she’ll be touring with the Noisettes, Rodrigo Y Gabriela and Paloma Faith at various points in 2013. To find out more information, visit her website.

– Georgie

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About Georgie Beardmore

I’m Georgie, a Creative Writing masters student at the University of Sheffield. As might be expected from someone who studies creative writing, I love writing (I write a lot -seriously, a lot), and write a variety of fiction and non-fiction things for various online and printed publications. As well as fiction, I most enjoy writing about music, the arts and student living, but I've also written things about living abroad, travel and local projects and events, as well as waffling about whatever takes my fancy on my blog. I am also heavily involved in student radio; I've been part of Forge Radio (the University of Sheffield's student radio station) for nearly four years now, helping run the station over the last two first as Secretary and then as Assistant Station Manager. Every week I present my own weekly specialist folk music show 'What The Folk?' (the show is as pun-filled as its name would suggest), on which I aim to promote new and exciting folk musicians from across the UK, and this year I've also been a part of organising some gigs as part of 'Forge Presents...', Forge Radio's series of live music events. I'm incredibly passionate about both music and the arts, and so am really excited to be part of the Born In Britain campaign and the opportunity to showcase the wealth of talent both Sheffield and the UK has to offer.

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