Holly Humberstone

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Holly Humberstone
Birth nameHolly Ffion Humberstone[1]
Born (1999-12-17) 17 December 1999 (age 22)[citation needed]
Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active2018–present
Labels

Holly Ffion Humberstone is a British musician from Grantham, England. In 2021, she signed a record deal with Interscope and Polydor Records. Her first EP following the signings, The Walls Are Way Too Thin, was released on 12 November 2021.

Early life[edit]

Humberstone is from Grantham and is one of four sisters.[2][3] Both her parents are medics.[4] She was previously studying at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.[2]

Humberstone started writing songs at a young age. She has discussed growing up in a small town, stating there was "no music scene growing up in rural Lincolnshire, so I just really did my own thing" in an interview with The Telegraph.[5]

Humberstone was formerly a violinist for the Lincolnshire Youth Symphony Orchestra and was first spotted by a manager whilst performing on her local BBC Introducing radio show.[6]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Humberstone cites Damien Rice, Ben Howard, Phoebe Bridgers, and HAIM as musical inspirations.[7] Rice's debut album O is considered by Humberstone to be her 'first favourite album'.[8] Her music style has been compared to artists such as Lorde and Bon Iver given its intimate and atmospheric style.[9]

She has stated she mostly identifies with "female writers who overshare", and has described her own musical style as "quite self-exposing".[10]

Career[edit]

Humberstone performed at Glastonbury Festival 2019 on the BBC Introducing stage.[11]

Her debut single "Deep End", was released on 30 January 2020.[12] Her second single, "Falling Asleep at the Wheel", was released on 19 March, while her third single, "Overkill", was released on 26 June.[13][14][15][16][17][18] On 30 July 2020, she released a cover of "Fake Plastic Trees" by the English rock band Radiohead. Her debut EP, also titled Falling Asleep at the Wheel, was released on 14 August, which contained her three previous singles, alongside the tracks "Vanilla", "Drop Dead" and "Livewire".[19][20]

On December 9, 2020 she was included in VEVO DSCVR's Artists To Watch 2021.[21] She performed her song Vanilla on the channel.[22]

In March 2021, ahead of the release of her single "Haunted House" and her second EP, Humberstone signed with Polydor Records in the United Kingdom and Darkroom/Interscope Records in the United States. She also landed a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group.[23]

On 13 October 2021, Holly performed "Scarlett" from her forthcoming EP, The Walls Are Way Too Thin on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Humberstone will be the opening act for the second half of the North American leg of American singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo's upcoming debut concert tour the Sour Tour.[24]

On 9 December 2021 it was announced that Humberstone had been awarded the Brit Award for Rising Star, which recognises pop's most promising new acts to watch.[25] Sam Fender surprised Humberstone with the award whilst they were recording an acoustic duet of his song Seventeen Going Under.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Humberstone currently resides in London in a flat she shares with her older sister.[27] After returning from her first tour in October 2021, Humberstone returned to her flat to find she had been burgled.[28]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details, chart positions, and sales
Title Extended play details
Falling Asleep at the Wheel
  • Released: 14 August 2020[29]
  • Label: Platoon
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
The Walls Are Way Too Thin
  • Released: 12 November 2021[30][31]
  • Label: Polydor, Darkroom, Interscope
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming, CD, vinyl, cassette

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with year released and album name shown
Title Year Album
"Deep End" 2020 Falling Asleep at the Wheel
"Falling Asleep at the Wheel"
"Overkill"
"Fake Plastic Trees" Non-album single
"Drop Dead" Falling Asleep at the Wheel
"Vanilla"
"Haunted House" 2021 The Walls Are Way Too Thin
"The Walls Are Way Too Thin"
"Please Don't Leave Just Yet"
"Scarlett"
"Friendly Fire"
"Seventeen Going Under (Acoustic version with Sam Fender)" Non-album single

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Album Details". Universal Misic Publishing Group. Archived from the original on 11 December 2021. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b Creaghan, Connor. "Grantham singer, 19, gets first gig at Glastonbury". Lincolnshire Reporter. Archived from the original on 19 September 2020. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Getting to know... Holly Humberstone". Dork. 14 August 2020. Archived from the original on 26 September 2020. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  4. ^ McCormick, Neil (14 December 2021). "Brits Rising Star Holly Humberstone: 'My songs don't leave much to the imagination'". The Telegrpah. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  5. ^ McCormick, Neil (14 December 2021). "Brits Rising Star Holly Humberstone: 'My songs don't leave much to the imagination'". The Telegrpah. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Brit Awards: Holly Humberstone wins the rising star prize". BBC News. 9 December 2021. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  7. ^ Taylor, Daniel (23 July 2020). "Holly Humberstone releases video for 'Overkill', announces debut EP". IINAG. Archived from the original on 13 August 2020. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  8. ^ Devine, Anna Miles (14 August 2020). "A Conversation with Holly Humberstone". Noisetrend. Archived from the original on 16 January 2021. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Brit Awards: Holly Humberstone wins the rising star prize". BBC News. 9 December 2021. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  10. ^ McCormick, Neil (14 December 2021). "Brits Rising Star Holly Humberstone: 'My songs don't leave much to the imagination'". The Telegrpah. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  11. ^ "Holly Humberstone Reveals Debut New Single". Total Ntertainment. 31 January 2020. Archived from the original on 22 September 2020. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  12. ^ Smith, Thomas (2 February 2020). "What's Your Band Called, Mate? Get to know Holly Humberstone". NME. Archived from the original on 6 June 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  13. ^ Caramanica, Joe (20 March 2020). "Dirty Projectors Also Covered John Lennon, Thankfully, and 10 More New Songs". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 19 May 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  14. ^ Vitagliano, Joe (28 May 2020). "Holly Humberstone wakes up on new single 'Falling Asleep At The Wheel'". American Songwriter. Archived from the original on 6 June 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  15. ^ Mosk, Mitch (20 March 2020). "Artist to Watch: Holly Humberstone's second single "Falling Asleep at the Wheel" is a hauntingly intimate upheaval". Atwood Magazine. Archived from the original on 6 June 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  16. ^ Nilles, Billy (20 March 2020). "The MixtapE! presents The Weeknd, Kelsea Ballerini, Halsey and more new music musts". E!. Archived from the original on 10 May 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  17. ^ Ginsberg, Gab; Lipshutz, Jason (26 March 2020). "20 Great Songs To Discover While You're Quarantined". Billboard. Archived from the original on 6 June 2020. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  18. ^ Muir, Jaime (26 June 2020). "Holly Humberstone has released another absolute gem with new track 'Overkill'". Dork. Archived from the original on 30 June 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  19. ^ Moore, Sam (30 July 2020). "Listen to Holly Humberstone's cover of Radiohead's 'Fake Plastic Trees'". NME. Archived from the original on 31 July 2020. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  20. ^ Caramanica, Jon (10 August 2020). "Holly Humberstone wants her songs to last a lifetime". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 14 August 2020. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  21. ^ Vigil, Dom. "Holly Humberstone Shares "DSCVR Artists To Watch 2021" Performance Video | Prelude Press". Archived from the original on 9 December 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  22. ^ "Vevo Artists To Watch 2021: Olivia Dean, Holly Humberstone, Alfie Templeman, Kylie Morgan, Dylan Fuentes". Music Business Worldwide. 14 December 2020. Archived from the original on 20 January 2021. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  23. ^ Earl, William (17 March 2021). "UK Newcomer Holly Humberstone Signs With Darkroom/Interscope/Polydor Records". Variety. Archived from the original on 23 March 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  24. ^ Blistein, Jon (6 December 2021). "Olivia Rodrigo Plots 2022 'Sour' World Tour". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 6 December 2021. Retrieved 6 December 2021.
  25. ^ BBC, News (9 December 2021). "Brit Awards: Holly Humberstone wins the rising star prize". BBC News. Archived from the original on 11 December 2021. Retrieved 9 December 2021.
  26. ^ McCormick, Neil (14 December 2021). "Brits Rising Star Holly Humberstone: 'My songs don't leave much to the imagination'". The Telegrpah. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  27. ^ McCormick, Neil (14 December 2021). "Brits Rising Star Holly Humberstone: 'My songs don't leave much to the imagination'". The Telegrpah. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  28. ^ Snapes, Laura (28 August 2021). "Interview: 'I have chaos in my head all the time': Holly Humberstone, pop's pandemic breakout star". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  29. ^ Williams, Sophie (12 August 2020). "Holly Humberstone – Falling Asleep at the Wheel EP review: a perfect storm of hope, selfhood and pain". NME. Archived from the original on 28 September 2020. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  30. ^ Richards, Will (4 August 2021). "Holly Humberstone announces new EP The Walls Are Way Too Thin". NME. Archived from the original on 2 November 2021. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
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