17 year old Bella Barton has a talent which belies her youth – a fact which has not gone unnoticed, and has seen the South-London based singer songwriter win the Brit School’s Music Option Award in recognition of this. Bella’s debut single, ‘Daughter’, is out today, 28 July, and is taken from her forthcoming album, ’10 Songs’.
Bella’s bluesy, Bossa-Nova inspired tracks are imbued with deeper meaning, and has seen her compared to the likes of Lily Allen, Corrine Bailey Rae, and fellow Brit School alumna, Amy Winehouse.
‘Daughter’ sees Bella take head on the often taboo issue of unwanted sexual advances and misogyny in today’s society. Her beautiful soulful voice, and extraordinary gift for songwriting, are showcased in the track. The lyrics are poignant – directed at those who catcall women with no thoughts other than themselves and some misguided sexual gratification – “I could be your daughter”. She outlines how she’s been having this problem “since I was thirteen” and it’s easy for any woman to relate to her anguish.
Bella’s sultry voice brings the subject matter to the forefront and the simple instrumentation of guitar and percussion adds rather than detracts from the song itself.
Bella’s lyrical subject matter has drawn interest from Radio 4’s ‘The Listening Project’, as well as ‘UK Feminista’ – a lobbying organisation which has invited her to join a group of young people to appear at the House Of Commons, sharing insights into sexual harassment of young people in schools.