Having already tempted audiences with the stunning ‘Hey Ace’ last summer, UK artist Bailey Tomkinson’s quirky ear worm ‘7 Minutes in Heaven’ (released everywhere March 8th) is a delicate balance of RaeLynn and Paula Cole.
“The jumping off point was probably watching the movie ‘13 Going On 30’. In truth, I just wanted to create something relatable and youthful, with a sense of fun. I love movies like ‘Dazed and Confused’ and ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’ for the sense they have where in one, crazy night anything can happen. I thought it would be interesting to try to capture that feeling in a song.”
Bailey quickly set tongues wagging in 2018 with her lush, warm vocals and her undeniable ability to work pop hooks so effortlessly into her country songs. When delving into her key influences, it is therefore little surprise to find that genre has never been a defining factor of her listening experience.
“I’ve grown up listening to Taylor Swift so she’s a big influence, obviously very relatable to a teenage girl. But I also admire her for willingness to experiment and innovate with style, that she wanted to expand the ‘box’. I really admire Kacey Musgraves for the same reason. I listen to Sinatra. I love John Denver because he’s my Grandad’s favourite. Also Sam Cooke, Madonna, Abba, Cyndi Lauper, Jewel….”
Although she may currently be Cornwall based, she was born in Derbyshire before periods living in Brussels and Milan. While it could be argued that the country tilt that underlines her compositions is a very American sound, those that listen closely will notice textures and tones shaped instead by the places she has called home.