"Remember the name, because she creates some beautiful pop music"
-Shaun Keaveny, BBC Radio 6 Music
"One of the brightest new faces in pop this year"
-The Oxford Mail
British artist, Tilly Valentine, has been described as “one of the revolutions of music this year” after the run of her self-released singles.
Born and raised in Oxfordshire, Valentine moved to London aged 16 where she attended the prestigious BRIT School. It was there that she occupied the unfamiliar feeling of living independently by writing with producers over SoundCloud. She began collaborating with a young German producer, Mattis, that inspired the very start of her journey.
After graduating from The BRIT School in 2015 with a triple Distinction*, Valentine proceeded to gain a First Class Honours at The Academy of Contemporary Music. Alongside Valentine’s original music, her early journey involved performing in the backing choir for Sam Smith at Wembley Arena, and has since written with DJ Fresh alongside involvement on projects with the likes of Rod Stewart, Lewis Watson and iiola (formerly Shannon Saunders).
Valentine's self-released tracks have accumulated over a million streams across her debut EP 'Nothing Left to Say'. Single 'Fit for a King', was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 with Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1Xtra as well being premiered on BBC Introducing's 'The Hot List'. During Valentine's recent Speedy Cover live on BBC Radio 1, Nick Grimshaw referred to Valentine's vocals as "soothing" and "a beautiful arc of performance". Matt Edmonson later played the cover on his show, describing it as "soulful", with Yungblud himself referring to 'feeling like he's been to an art gallery'.
Her tracks have soothed the ears of many other tastemakers too, including Jamz Supernova who premiered her debut single 'Coins' on BBC Radio 1Xtra. Her self-directed music video for 'Coins' was awarded “Best Music Video of 2018” by Music Republic Magazine, alongside a shortlist for Best Female Artist, Best New Artist and Best Song/Songwriter.
Her soulful second single ‘Brick by Brick' broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music continued her success with Shaun Keaveny describing Valentine’s style as “beautiful pop music”, as well as Tom Robinson who also spun the track as part of The BBC Introducing Mixtape. The tracks can be heard playing in stores such as Topman, New Look, TK Maxx, Miss Selfridge, M&S, Hotel Chocolat, Costa and more.
Although Valentine’s background is predominately jazz and trip hop influenced, Valentine’s style has been best described as "the type of quirky you can pair with a coffee or party”. Working with the likes of Conor Albert, Billy Lockett, Numen Studios (Dua Lipa, Ady Suleiman, Dermot Kennedy) and more, sets the tone for her future projects. Being recognised for her playful and conversational lyrics, The BRIT School alumna later collaborated with producer 'edbl' and released their co-written love song, 'Table for Two’ and 'Symmetry'.
Following her BBC Introducing live lounge, Valentine took to the stage for the third time at her hometown venue, the O2 Academy in Oxford, and later headlined upstairs at the renowned Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club with her three-piece backing band, alongside broadcasts on Jazz FM.
With the new release, Valentine’s latest single ‘Calendar Girl’ earned its spot on New Music Friday and sets the tone for 2021 to be her best year yet.
UPCOMING LIVE EVENTS
13 Aug - 110 Above Festival - Leicestershire, UK
PAST LIVE EVENTS
17 Dec - The Steel Yard - London, UK (live stream)
09 Dec - The Steel Yard - London, UK (live stream)
22 Oct - Live Lounge, UK (live stream)
17 Sept - The Steel Yard - London, UK (live stream)
26 Sept - O2 Academy - Oxford, UK
02 Aug - 110 Above Festival - Leicestershire, UK
13 July - Karis May Darling Festival - Essex, UK
02 April - Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club - London, UK
21 Feb - Pizza Express Live - London, UK
01 Feb - Sofar Sounds - London, UK
20 Nov - Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club - London, UK
09 Nov - BBC Introducing Live - London, UK
08 Nov - Natural History Museum - London, UK
06 Nov - The Steel Yard - London, UK
12 Oct - O2 Academy - Oxford, UK
28 April - Are You Listening? Festival - Reading, UK
13 April - Threshold Festival - Liverpool, UK
08 Dec - Ziggy’s World-Jazz Club - London, UK
01 Dec - Notting Hill Arts Club - London, UK
19 July - The Electric Theatre - Guildford, UK
30 June - The Borderline - London, UK
29 June - Tileyard Studios - London, UK
15 May - The Boileroom - Guildford, UK
21 Feb - Half Moon Putney - London, UK
Valentine’s latest single 'Calendar Girl' was released 1st January 2021. Earning its spot on Spotify’s New Music Friday, Shaun Keaveny also spun the track on BBC Radio 6 Music, as well as being championed by BBC Introducing in Oxford.
"Calendar Girl sounds like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. Such good vibes and amazing songwriting too!" - Fee Mak, BBC Radio 1
Check out the live session below!
THE HOT LIST
'Fit for a King' was broadcast by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1.
BBC Introducing premiered 'Fit for a King' on The Hot List, broadcast on BBC Sounds. Alongside support from BBC Introducing Oxford and London, Valentine's soulful second single 'Brick by Brick' was spun by Tom Robinson as part of The BBC Introducing Mixtape. Broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music continued her success, with Shaun Keaveny describing Valentine’s style as “beautiful pop music”.
LIVE LIVE LIVE
Valentine took to the stage at the O2 Academy in Oxford, having previously supported Hollie Cook and Submotion Orchestra as well as her own show with BBC Introducing Uprising. She most recently headlined upstairs at the renowned Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club with her three piece backing band.
Following her BBC Introducing live lounge, Valentine is gigging around the UK having performed at venues including Sofar Sounds, Notting Hill Arts Club, Half Moon Putney, The Borderline and more.
BBC RADIO 1 - SPEEDY COVER
Nick Grimshaw gave Valentine 10 minutes to learn and perform the worlds first cover of Yungblud's brand new single 'Strawberry Lipstick', and perform it live on BBC Radio 1. Grimmy described the cover as "soothing”, and Matt Edmondson later played the cover on his show describing her vocal as “soulful”. Yungblud himself referred to the cover of his song as 'feeling like he's been to an art gallery'.