6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Lancashire Life today click here

Blackpool singer-songwriter Rae Morris is tipped for the top

PUBLISHED: 00:00 19 January 2015 | UPDATED: 19:15 07 September 2017

Rae Morris

Rae Morris

not Archant

22-year-old releases her debut album

As a young girl Rachel Morris would hide at the back when her dance teacher wanted people to perform in a show. But there are no signs of stagefright now as the 22-year-old from Blackpool releases her first album and prepares for a big year.

Rachel, who performs under the name Rae Morris, has received rave reviews already – she has been called “one of the most relevant, exciting new artists to come out of the UK” – and was selected for the BBC’s Sound of 2015 list, which showcases the music industry’s brightest rising stars.

She has performed at some the biggest festivals in the country and has appeared with a host of established names but it’s all a far cry from anything she could have hoped to achieve when she was a shy pupil at Blackpool’s Stanley Park Primary School.

‘I didn’t really like performing,’ she said. ‘I did dancing when I was younger but whenever they asked me to do a show I would shy away. There was always music at home though, my brother and I had piano lessons when we were young and at family get-togethers there would always be sing-alongs and my dad can do an amazing rendition of The Boys Are Back in Town.

‘His dad Raymond was an engineer and carpenter but he has also a tenor who sang in local music festivals. I never met him but he’s the reason I perform as Rae, I thought it would be a nice tribute to him.’

After studying at St George’s High School Rachel took A-levels in music and music technology at Cardinal Newman College in Preston where her nerves about performing began to evaporate.

She said: ‘In my first year at college I joined a band but I still hadn’t written a song. It wasn’t until my second year of college that I wrote a song I felt changed everything. I met another singer songwriter called Karina Francis, from Blackpool. I saw her on the Jools Holland show and went to her gigs and seeing someone from Blackpool doing so well made me think I could do it.

‘I started to play a lot of gigs, and to go to a lot of open mic nights and I sang regularly at the Stanley Park café. People became aware of what I was doing.

‘When I finished college I looked at universities and I got a place at Leeds College of Music but I wasn’t keen on the idea of leaving home and around that time I got offered some record deals so I was in the amazing position of being able to choose. Turning down uni and signing a record deal was an incredible moment for me.’

That was three years ago and since then performances at the Leeds and Reading festivals have been punctuated by praise from critics who have lauded her as the successor to Kate Bush.

‘People have drawn their own comparisons but Kate Bush is a massive inspiration for me. I am not too closely influenced by her but seeing a female do so much and creating so much and having a whole new life now, was a real inspiration,’ Rachel said.

‘It’s not about fleeting success for me, I want to be a career artist. It’s taken three years and I’m delighted with the album and so proud of it. I’m doing things I never thought I’d be able to do and I want to make as much music as possible. It’s about making a mark.’

Unguarded by Rae Morris is out now on Atlantic Records.

@raemorrismusic

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Lancashire Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Lancashire Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Lancashire Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from People

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Miranda Markham’s modelling career may have started in the aisle of a supermarket but her fabulous looks have taken her from Rawtenstall to catwalks of Milan

Read more
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A remarkable young woman has traded places as a teacher to set up as a farmer. And the small matter of not having a farm certainly hasn’t stopped her.

Read more
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A chance encounter at a hockey tournament means a Preston student will be crossing the Atlantic to join one of the world’s most prestigious universities - and she’s the only one from the north. Martin Pilkington reports

Read more
Friday, April 20, 2018

This is no longer a sleepy coastal community full of retired folk but a town set to entertain Lancashire.

Read more
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Inspiring Women Awards lunch will be packed with awesome females. But who will be the winners?

Read more
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Blackpool-born cricketer Steven Croft speaks of his pride at being awarded a testimonial year

Read more
Thursday, March 8, 2018

With International Women’s Day this month, Helen Pankhurst considers the progress made in the fight for equality in the century since women were granted the vote. Paul Mackenzie reports

Read more
Monday, March 5, 2018

Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff is somewhere he never dreamed he’d be – treading the boards in a major musical production and he’s loving it. He spoke to Kate Houghton.

Read more
Friday, March 2, 2018

An inspirational mum from St Annes has raised tens of thousands of pounds since the sudden death of her young son, as Paul Mackenzie reports.

Read more
Friday, March 2, 2018

Rural communities throughout the UK could be eligible to receive funding via the Calor Rural Community Fund from energy provider Calor

Read more
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Commonwealth Games hopeful Sarah Davies is a top weightlifter but there’s a softer side to this Lancashire lass. Roger Borrell reports

Read more
 
Great British Holidays advert link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Subscribe or buy a mag today

Local Business Directory

Lancashire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Property Search