For someone who’s been tipped for great success, happily bubbling under for the past couple of years, Rae Morris still seems surprised at the busyness of her work schedule.
“A lot has happened since I last spoke to The Gazette,” Rae admits, speaking by phone from Prague, during the European leg of her tour with George Ezra.
“I didn’t expect the summer to be so busy, but since then it hasn’t really stopped.”
There’s been an ‘amazing’ festival season, appearing as an artist in her own right and as a guest vocalist for darlings of the live scene Bombay Bicycle Club and Clean Bandit.
“Kendal Calling was my favourite, and doing a couple of songs with others at Glastonbury was a great way to do it,” the 22-year-old ex-pupil of St George’s School in Marton said.
“And in September I went into a UK headline tour. It felt super exciting as the gigs were selling out and it all felt like a step up from the tours I have done before.”
Another summer highlight was supporting Sir Tom Jones’ Lytham Proms gig in early August – when she had to dash back north to the Lake District festival.
“That was crazy, being from Blackpool and my nana’s from Lytham St Annes, and it was so nice to play a big gig in your home town.
“It was super crazy to be between the two festivals and I liked it being busy, it was so cool.
“You just don’t expect to play for Tom Jones, it was a huge, wonderful opportunity although I didn’t get to meet him – he hadn’t arrived when I was sound checking and I had to go straight back after my set to Kendal. Hopefully I will get to meet him one day and say ‘I supported you’.”
While Blackpool is still where Rae’s heart is, she’s had to make London home for work and her parents now spend most of their time in the Lakes – so much so, that they chose Kendal Calling over the proms.
“My parents are more in the Lake District now, which is the weirdest thing as it feels like it came at the perfect time,” the Closer singer said.
“Now, at this point when everything is so crazy in work and London is so extremely different to the Lakes, I have the best contrast to be at one with nature, away from everything.
“I’m going to be there for Christmas and am so excited.”
And with her debut album, Unguarded, being released on January 26, with a promotional tour in February, she’ll be glad of the festive break.
She said: “It does feel like the album has been a long time in the making. I have been signed for three years to my record label, and that’s massive, it makes me feel happy and warm having this family in music. I feel very secure in having had so much time to make the album. Generally now, it’s a rush to get them out but I didn’t believe in that.”
And despite the 12-track release already being hailed as a must-have for 2015, Rae seems to be keeping her feet firmly on the ground.
“I don’t think it’s about hype,” she said. “If the music is good then it’s the right record, and if people want to think it’s going to be big then that’s great.”
Visit www.raemorris.co.uk/live for tour dates and ticket information.