Wednesday 1 August 2012


I first heard about the lovely Josie Charlwood last September, when I wrote about her amazing, looped cover of Gorillaz' 'Feel Good Inc'. Not only was it a great song, but it came from an artist who knew the value of social media, utilising the power of the bottom-up approach to getting her music out their. I say bottom-up because it's not top-down; i.e. it's not eaten up by a huge record label and then regurgitated over the masses. No. The masses hear it first. And then the already engorged stomachs of huge record labels begin rumbling like the Clashing Rocks in Jason and the Argonauts. Best way to do it, in my opinion.

I'm happy to say that as of earlier today, Josie Charlwood has put a new recorded studio cover on SoundCloud. It's a pure, stripped-back cover of Adele's moving 'Turning Tables'. A couple of days ago, in fact, she posted a video of herself performing the song live.

It's a deliciously humble treatment of the track, with Josie's voice coming across like an honest breeze, pretty as it is powerful.

The bare bones piano and voice combination brings much more emotion to the song, leaving the flash, big-cost productions in the dust. Josie Charlwood's vocals, in a similar sense, are not nuanced with trills or vibrato, nor a 'put-on' style warble à la Ellie Goulding (for example), but instead are very much coming from her own charming voice. Bravo for that, seriously, because it sounds wonderful.

So, here's that SoundCloud version. You can buy this track directly by clicking on 'buy'.

With a sizable back-catalogue already floating behind her like various accolades of musical prowess, there's already a lot to Josie Charlwood than just her voice and her piano. Discover more of her music and, once you've whet your appetite enough, sit tight and wait for her next assuredly impending release. Looking forward to it.

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Check out Josie Charlwood on Facebook
More of her stunning music (covers and originals) on SoundCloud
She is also on Bandcamp
Josie Charlwood's YouTube channel!
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  1. I've been following Josie for a few years now as well and while I love her covers, her original songs are where she shines. She deserves all the success that comes her way.

  2. You're absolutely right. I think a double album - one of covers, one of originals - wouldn't go amiss. When everyone's heard at least one of her songs, I'll be content!