You’ll see why this year is massive for Rae Morris

Blackpool singer songwriter Rae Morris

Blackpool singer songwriter Rae Morris

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BLACKPOOL’S Rae Morris, signed to Atlantic Records and set to have a huge 2013, is playing what should be a lovely intimate gig at St Philips Church in Salford tonight.

Morris, who recently supported Tom Odell at his sold out gig at Manchester’s Night and Day, released a new three-track EP, Grow, before Christmas which went down a storm among critics and fans alike.

The EP was recorded in London and Blackpool in October and was produced by Ben Garrett, aka Fryars.

Morris, 20 writes all her own stuff and is a superb pianist. She also possesses a voice most artists would kill for.

Morris only left college in 2011 and spent the rest of the year gigging in her hometown and embarking on support slots across the country.

2012 saw Rae move on to bigger and bigger shows, supporting the likes of Noah and the Whale and Bombay Bicycle Club on their nationwide tours, as well as playing festivals, including Bushstock, Dot To Dot, Kendal Calling, Lounge On The Farm, Rockness, The Great Escape, Belladrum, Hop Farm and Deershed, to name a few. September saw Rae playing her first headline London show, at Cecil Sharp House, which was completely sold out.

One of Rae’s earlier tracks, ‘Don’t Go’, was chosen to feature on the last ever episode of the TV series Skins in April. The accompanying video of Rae performing that track live has had a staggering 285,000 views since then. She was also ‘adopted’ by Burberry, recording two acoustic sessions for the design house (‘Wait A While’ and ‘Back To Front’) and having her song ‘Walls’ featured on the Burberry catwalk during London Fashion week.

Rae is currently working on her debut album, due later this year.

You get the idea - this girls is good and well worth driving a few miles to see.

Tickets for tonight’s gig, priced £7.50, are available from www.songkick.com