Rae Morris is celebrating the end of her sell-out tour with festival announcements and her inclusion on a new BBC album release.
Blackpool-born Rae has long been championed by the BBC Introducing scheme, having featured on BBC Radio Lancashire’s Introducing show and on its live stages at major festivals.
Next month, the broadcaster will release album BBC Introducing Presents… Volume 1 to mark seven years of championing new music, channeled through the regions, and featuring hotly-tipped stars and success stories.
Among the acts being celebrated on the BBC Introducing release include Ed Sheeran, Marina and the Diamonds, Bombay Bicycle Club, Rizzle Kicks, Jake Bugg, George Ezra and Twin Atlantic, while Rae features alongside those being hailed as ‘some of the most exciting, new and emerging acts in the UK today’, with all the tracks having been recorded live at BBC Introducing events including Maida Vale sessions and Introducing festival stages.
Rae’s track Closer features, recorded at last summer’s Reading Festival, where she headlined the BBC Introducing Stage - at the event where she made her festival debut in 2011.
The BBC Introducing platform is regarded as one of the best places for discovering new music, supporting unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians.
Rae, 22, said: “BBC Introducing have played such an integral part in my journey so far.
“My music was first played on Sean McGinty’s Radio Lancashire show at the end of 2010.
“Those initial experiences of doing sessions for Radio Lancashire were so valuable and lead to my first festival appearance at Reading and Leeds in 2011.
“Opportunities like that are just not possible without the help of an organisation like the BBC. I am incredibly grateful for their support and foresight.”
Last night saw the closing performance of Rae’s album launch tour, in Norwich, with every date sold out on the back of her top 10 chart position for Unguarded.
And yesterday she was revealed as the special guest for singer-songwriter Tom Odell’s Forest Live series of shows this summer, with dates including Dalby Forest, near Pickering, Thursday, June 25, Delamere Forest, Delamere, Cheshire. Saturday, July 4 and Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire, Sunday, July 12.
Rae said: “I supported Tom on a sold-out UK indoor venue tour previously so I am delighted he has invited me along again and this time to perform in such beautiful and unique locations. It should be a lot of fun.”
Rae will also be appearing at Bestival, on the Isle Of Wight in September, as the first wave of acts was announced late last week.
Tickets £34.50 (plus £3.45 booking fee) are available from Forestry Commission Box Office 03000 680400 or buy online: forestry.gov.uk/music.