For a Blackpool girl who only finished her A-Levels a couple of years ago, Rae Morris is impressively calm about all that’s going on in her life.
The 21-year-old spent the summer at Ocean Way Studios in Hollywood recording a debut album that comes out next year and if it’s the hit most people expect, is likely to change her life forever.
A terrific pianist and songwriter with a beautiful voice, who went to St George’s School in Marton and started off playing gigs at local venues like West Coast Rock Cafe, Morris has come a long way in a short space of time.
She was signed by Atlantic Records two years ago, they’ve given her time to write songs and develop her own sound, and now the album is finished and ready for release.
It means that while she’s relatively unknown now, this time next year could be a very different story.
The obvious question for the Blackpool girl is are you ready for fame if it comes calling?
“Well if it happens it happens but I haven’t really thought about it like that,” she says. “I think I am just really itching to get going because as much as it has been such an amazing process making the album, and doing the artwork and videos, I can’t wait to get the record out and start playing live again.
“I feel rested and super ready to just go for it in the new year.”
Rae’s as yet untitled debut has been recorded by Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim) and recorded by Dave Schiffman (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty). The plan is for a spring release.
She still lives with her parents near Stanley Park, though these days she has to spend more time in London, not to mention the summer in Los Angeles making the record.
“It was the first time I’d properly lived away from home but I’ve got to say it was an amazing experience,” she said. “I loved LA. I had been a couple of times before and I think the first time I was a little overwhelmed by the Hollywood thing and the whole preconception you’ve got of it. But this time I moved in and had a fantastic time.
“But my heart is still in Blackpool. I’ve got a studio in a shed at the back of my parents’ house, and I still like to escape up north when I can.”
Asked if her summer in America will affect the sound of the album, Rae told me: “I don’t think so. It affected me rather than the album.
“I was really chilled and calm and I think I closed off from all the pressures of the busy London music scene – all those things you tend to get caught up in.
“I centred in on making the right record, so ut was just about the music.”
There is a chance to catch Morris before Christmas when she appears at Blackpool Rocks at the Winter Gardens on December 21.
“I am so excited about that,” she said. “I have played the Empress once before when I supported Bombay Bicycle Club, and that was my favourite gig ever.
“The Empress is literally my favourite venue in the world, so it will be amazing to play there again, and right before Christmas which is great.”
Rae remains a lovely girl, an engaging interviewee, and one can only hope the record she’s made brings her the success her talent deserves.
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