Bessie Turner – Sunday
Bessie Turner is a singer song writer based in East Anglia. Her style is an eclectic pastiche of her musical heroes; she is influenced as much by MIA as she is Dionne Warwick. Yet it is her own uniqueness – in both her personality as well as her music – that sets her apart as an artist and performer. Her voice rings with a soulfulness that floats like a cloud; wistful, effortless and above all charming.
Bessie is at the very start of her musical journey and is already making massive waves. In 2016 she moved to a houseboat on the bank of the River Orwell and began collaborating with SuperGlu’s Benjamin Ward and producer George Perks (The Darkness, The Subways, Clean Bandit). She released her debut single Big Sleep on her own label in April 2017 to entirely unexpected acclaim; the song was viewed/streamed more than 10,000 times in the first 12 hours of Bessie Turners official existence as a recording artist. It received a huge amount of support from BBC Introducing and after performing a live session for BBC Introducing in Suffolk the single wound up with plays on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music. Six weeks into her career Bessie Turner was asked by BBC Introducing to appear at Latitude festival in Suffolk.
Her second single ‘Words You Say’ was released In September 2017. Several days ahead of its launch date ‘Words You Say’ received its world premiere from Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2 and Bessie was featured in Metro Newspaper as their ‘artist of the day’. The song has gone on to be played extensively by Jo Whiley and Zoe Ball on BBC Radio-2, Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio-6 and Huw Stepehens on BBC Radio 1. It has been streamed more than 100,000 times on Spotify. In December 2017 Bessie was invited to perform a filmed live session at London’s legendary Maida Vale Studios for Jo Whiley and Radio-2. The following month she recorded a stripped back set for Steve Lamacq’s Radio-6 Music show.
Bessie is currently gearing up to release her debut E.P in April of this year.