Freya Ridings emerged to be the surprise success story of 2018 with her breakthrough platinum-selling hit ‘Lost Without You’. A once-in-a-lifetime song that immediately put Freya on the map, it hit the Top 10 on seven separate occasions during a six-month run in the Top 40 and is now approaching 200 million streams.
Now Freya Ridings looks set to cement that phenomenal start to her career with the release of new single ‘Castles’ and her self-titled debut album, released today via GOOD SOLDIER. It demonstrates precisely why she became the new star on everyone’s lips, from Taylor Swift to Florence Welch and Richard Quinn.
“I’m incredibly grateful that people come to my shows and are enthusiastic about the songs,” says Freya. “I feel really humbled when people say that my music helped them in some way. I’ve made an album that I’m really proud of, but I’m determined to keep working hard. I’m certainly not going to rest on my laurels.”
Previous singles ‘Lost Without You’, ‘You Mean The World To Me’, ‘Blackout’ and new single ‘Castles’ feature on the album, but there’s a wealth of other striking material to investigate. Her take on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ classic ‘Maps’ finds the beauty and tenderness in the raw power of the original. Elsewhere, the fully realised new recordings of tracks such as ‘Poison’ and ‘Elephant’ take on a new life, having previously featured on her early limited edition live albums. Brand new material shines through too, notably on a live-favourite ‘Holy Water’ and ‘Still Have You’.
Aside from ‘Maps’, Freya wrote all of the eleven songs that feature on the album which underpins her world class credentials as a songwriter. In an era in which hits are inevitably written by committee, ‘Lost Without You’ saw Freya become the first female artist to have an entirely self-written Top 10 hit since Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’ returned to the charts in 2012.
To coincide with the release of her album Freya has also announced details of her biggest UK tour to date. It will see her play to a combined audience of over 23,000 people, including over 5000 in London when she takes to the stage at the Eventim Apollo
The dates are: November
11th – Newcastle, O2 Academy
12th – Glasgow, O2 Academy
14th – Manchester, O2 Apollo
16th – Leeds, O2 Academy
17th – Birmingham, O2 Academy
18th – Brighton, Dome
20th – Cardiff, St. David’s Hall
21st – Southampton, o2 Guildhall
22nd – London, Eventim Apollo
Stream / purchase the album here.
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