Check out newcomer Isabelle Brown’s new song “Pot of Gold.”
Isabelle Brown is an old soul trapped in the body of a fearless fourteen year-old; as inspired by the rich emotions of Nina Simone or the force-of-nature energy of Tina Turner as that blend of old-school R&B, jazz and hip-hop influences found in A Tribe Called Quest. Isabelle’s curious, contemporary twist on these classic sounds gets its first glimpse today on ‘Pot Of Gold’, a track effectively about fulfilling your potential and doing everything you can to the best of your ability. Premiering on The Fader, the refreshing, immediately-infectious results suggest a songwriter and vocalist of incredible promise, so much so that an ambitious email intro via a friend to Injury Reserve led to the quickly-rising Arizona rap trio jumping on the track too.
Isabelle Brown’s story thus far is not that of your typical, potentially-precocious teen star-in-waiting: hard graft, grit and vulnerability, those core values of true Soul music, underpin even her most powerhouse vocals. Born and raised in Brighton, she wrote her first love song at the age of seven (“which when you think back,” she says now, “is an absolute laugh, as I’d never even kissed a boy but thought I was the number one romance guru”). Brought up between two creative, unconventional households – her parents separated around the same time – Brown’s irrepressible voice slowly began to draw on experiences of her own. She has spent the last couple of years singing, writing, performing or recording every weekend or school-holiday, with a close-knit circle of friends, collaborators and family protecting her (largely from her own furious ambition to “get on with it”) every step of the way. A debut project, assimilating these early recordings, is expected early next year.
Balancing youthful, restless innocence with innate musical maturity, ‘Pot Of Gold’ suggests Isabelle Brown is quite simply born to do it.