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Roxy’s peculiar and alternative music is a reflection of a life that has been far from orthodox. Born into a Mormon community in Hitchin, UK, Roxy never let her upbringing confine her creativity to a single influence. She broke away from church hymns - her first introduction to music, and travelled to Paris in her late teens where she studied classical violin and piano at Conservatory Paris VI, discovered jazz and took part in an African choir. After graduating she began teaching music in inner city schools in London, as well as studying and working in international development, which led her to travelling in Rwanda, DRC and Sudan.
While performing in London, she attracted the attention of producer and label owner
Al Mobbs, as well as a senior producer at Sony who gave her a development deal to release her debut EP 'Changing Things'. Bursting with character, her music was played on mainstream radio, receiving praise from John Kennedy, Rob de Bank and Tom Robinson. High profile performances in iconic UK venues ensued, such as Roni Scott’s, the Royal Albert Hall, Union Chapel and the Roundhouse, with support slots for Yasmin Levy and Sia.
After falling severely ill in 2012 with Lyme Disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
her music career took an extended hiatus. Her recovery in 2018 enabled her to work on music again and release her long awaited debut album ‘Quenching the Kill’, to rave reviews such as Jonathan Frahm (Pop Matters) describing her ‘musical craft’ as ‘shining brightly’ and ‘breathtaking”.
In 2019 she began orchestrating a feminist musical and began crafting her new body of work. 2023 will see the first release from her anticipated follow up album, with lush arrangements written in collaboration with Jherek Bischoff, that draw on her diverse musical heritage and provide a rich backing to her unyielding Pre-Raphaelite vocals
“An artist headed for greatness”
– Music News
"Roxy Rawson is the latest and greatest to land on our radar and for good reason. Her witty and charming writing style and powerful vocals need your full attention from the start to finish. Not only is ‘Running Up That Hill’ one of the more impressive songs we’ve heard this month but Roxy has a very unique sound that we can’t seem to turn away from."
– Lost In The Nordics
"UK-hailing musician Roxy Rawson delves into her complicated perception of God on “Running Up That Hill,” led by ethereal synths and soaring vocals that strike the balance between strength and vulnerability... The track is accompanied by enticing visuals that paint a picture of hope, solace and empowerment as it takes us on a reflective journey through faith. Calming yet powerful, the track is infectious and divine all at once... Framed by multi-cultural experiences and sonic diversity, this latest track comes loaded with anticipation ahead of her sophomore album next year."
“How pop should be - from the heart, freewheeling and full of fun. It's been said many times already, but here we have the UK's answer to Regina Spektor… The future belongs to Roxy Rawson”
– God is in the TV
"Roxy Rawson knows how to bewitch a crowd… Her music is beautifully peculiar…comparisons to the likes of Joanna Newsom and Regina Spektor are beginning to emerge."
– Independent on Sunday
“Her sheer knowledge of musical craft shines brightly and is breathtaking”
– Pop Matters
“Devoid of competition in the current British climate, it draws some influence from Regina Spektor, but only in the sense that her sound is otherwise incomparable”
– Drunken Werewolf
“Smothered in heart-wrenching emotion and unusual arrangements, Roxy Rawson proves that there's still space for a talented British female singer”
– The 405
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