Bristol UK singer Beth Rowley released her major label debut Little Dreamer in 2008, a Brit Award nominee that was a potent hybrid of blues, gospel and lush pop. The key to Rowley's appeal remains her rather stunning voice, a naturally rich instrument that simmers with blue-eyed soul. But Dreamer, in the control of multiple producers with major label expectations, ended up as a handful of excellent tracks instead of a seamless whole. When it was good -- as on the smoldering gospel standard "Nobody's Fault But Mine" -- it was very, very good and when it wasn't...well, you get the picture. Now independent, the 32-year-old singer is readying the long-awaited return with the release of her next project: a series of three EP's, the first of which -- the four-song Wretched Body -- arrives July 8 across the pond. A second EP is scheduled for the fall. "Her voice is astonishing," raves The Independent. "She projects to the rafters without any apparent effort." Click through to stream a 3-song sampler from the Wretched Body EP and watch a live performance of "Nobody's Fault But Mine."
Beth Rowley - "Wretched Body" (from the Wretched Body EP)