For fans of: Sinead Harnett, Raye, Iris Gold, NAO
The buzz: "A fresh and distinct voice, with a tender approach to storytelling...one to watch" Fader
Must hear: My Boy My Town
Mabel comes from a creative and musical background, being the daughter of singer Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey. At the age of five, Mabel learnt how to play the piano, inspired by her imitating Destiny’s Child and Lauryn Hill choreography routines alongside her sister. Exposed to life on the road and vibrations from speakers in the studio, Mabel initially decided to follow her own path and stay away from music.
However, she later went to study music theory and production at college in Stockholm, despite refusing to play her music to anyone other than her closest friend. Thankfully in 2015 all that changed and at 19 she blessed the world with her smooth, soulful, R&B sound and honest, relatable lyrics. Now signed to Polydor, Mabel is pretty much unstoppable.
Last year, Mabel’s summer debut Know Me Better was a huge success, surpassing half a million hits and acting as an excellent introduction to what Mabel is all about. The track featured as Radio 1’s Track of the Day and was number one on Hype Machine, as well as in the Top 10 on Spotify and Beats 1 playlists.
Having received support from Adele, label mates Elton John and Shura, and backing from various blogs, the singer found herself on the BBC Sound of 2016 longlist at the beginning of the year, where she performed live for the first time, exclusively for the BBC. Since then, she has gone on to support Years & Years on their headline tour alongside MO and Nimmo, and has taken to festival stages, playing at The Great Escape, Field Day and Glastonbury.
She has been recording her upcoming debut album, working with producers Kid Harpoon, who has produced for Florence + the Machine and Jessie Ware, and Joel Pott, who’s produced for Shura and George Ezra. Her newest single Thinking Of You, which was released in June, is looking to have the same success as her debut, as the track has been highly received among music blogs and publications and has had backing from BBC Radio 1.