CONFIRMED AS YOUTUBE MUSIC’S "ARTIST ON THE RISE"
WATCH NEW VIDEO TO SINGLE "CASTLES" HERE
"The new Adele......Freya Ridings is the voice of 2019.” – The Times
“This singer brings classical precision and raw emotion to celestial pop.” – GQ
“An extraordinary talent.” – Sunday Times Culture
“The most exciting rising talent in UK music……she’s a superstar in waiting.” – The Sun
19 JULY 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - Freya Ridings releases her eagerly anticipated self-titled debut album today and also announces that she is the second artist to be selected for the UK’s YouTube Music’s "Artist on The Rise"program. As one of the fastest rising artists on the platform in the UK, Freya is building a global fanbase on YouTube at a rapid pace. In the last year, she’s had more than 50 million views on YouTube globally.
Listen to Freya Ridings HERE
Freya Ridings became the surprise success story of 2018 with her breakthrough platinum-selling hit "Lost Without You" – she was tipped by everyone from Taylor Swift to Florence Welch and Richard Quinn. A once-in-a-lifetime song that immediately put Freya on the map, it hit the Top 10 on seven separate occasions during a six-month run in the Top 40 and is now approaching 200 million streams.
Last week, Freya Ridings shared the video for her new single "Castles" – WATCH HERE. Directed by Isaac Rice (Iggy Azalea, Little Mix) – the video was filmed in several locations around London. The single is currently playlisted at Radio 1, Radio 2, Virgin Radio and Heart. Freya was invited back into Radio 1 for a second live lounge this week where she performed "Castles" and a cover of Taylor Swift’s "Me!" – WATCH HERE.
While "Lost Without You" established Freya’s rising star status, it was the strength of her live shows that first earned her a word-of-mouth fanbase - as captured in her early live recordings "Live At Omeara" and "Live At St. Pancras Old Church". Every tour has seen Freya rise to play bigger venues, most recently with a sold-out London show at The Roundhouse. Last month, Freya also announced details of her biggest UK tour to date. It will see her play to a combined audience of over 23,000 people, including over 5000 in London when she takes to the stage at the Eventim Apollo. Tickets are available from www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
In addition to the headline tour and recent performances at Glastonbury and Isle of Wight - Freya still has a busy summer of major festival dates ahead of her including Latitude (July 19th), the BBC Summer Social (August 3rd), Wilderness Festival (August 4th) and Electric Picnic (August 31st). Please visit HERE for a full list of international tour dates and ticket details.
Freya’s debut album is now available to order HERE and features previous singles "Lost Without You", "You Mean The World To Me", "Blackout" and new single "Castles". Plus there are new recordings of tracks "Poison" and "Elephant" and brand new material including live-favourite "Holy Water" and "Still Have You".
Freya wrote all of the twelve songs that feature on the album which underpins her world class credentials as a songwriter. In an era in which hits are inevitably written by committee, "Lost Without You" saw Freya become the first female artist to have an entirely self-written Top 10 hit since Kate Bush’s "Running Up That Hill" returned to the charts in 2012.
It explores themes of doubt, pain, regret and vulnerability within songs of alchemical incandescence. Freya’s extraordinary, vibrato-rich voice elevates them into her greatness – a vocal gift that’s undoubtedly one of the most powerful voices of her generation.