Bristol-born singer-songwriter Lauren Aquilina has had a huge past 12 months. Things kicked off last summer when she found a fan in Taylor Swift who invited her to support her at Hyde Park. At the beginning of this year, her incredible Elle x Tate session caught the attention of Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo, who added the track to her Top Tracks playlist. She has since racked up almost 10m streams and this week Lauren announced the release of her debut album Isn’t It Strange.
Lauren has a strong online following and has been keeping fans updated with how the album is coming along. When the album artwork and release date of August 26 was shared, Lauren’s 30,000 followers got the hashtag #IsntItStrange trending on Twitter, resulting in the singer releasing the tracklisting the next day, to show her appreciation.
Releasing her first EP when she was 16 years old while doing her A-Levels, and releasing two more that entered the charts, Lauren has been working on the material for Isn’t It Strange for the past three years.
As well as gearing up for the release of her debut album, she has immersed herself with her feminist work. Lead single Kicks, which was released in April, was written by Aquilina as a statement about female strength and taking back control.The music video features Lily Loveless, Dodie Clark and 30 of Lauren’s fans. Aquilina also hosted a workshop for the Dice Girls In Music Day, as well as writing a feature for The Line of Best Fit about women.
Isn’t It Strange will be released on August 26, and pre-orders have launched now.