Described by Scott Mills on BBC Radio 1 as the “female Jason Mraz”, twenty year old singer songwriter Izzy Marie Hill has come a long way since she first picked up her brothers £20 Argos electric guitar. Though Izzy had played the piano since she was eight, it was the shift to this specific instrument that kick-started her songwriting journey. She taught herself a handful of shifty chord changes and proceeded to work her way through Oasis, Swift and Perry. She was hooked, but needed more – and so started writing her own songs.

Over the next eighteen months Izzy wrote and recorded tracks for her debut album ‘The Other Girl’, released October 2011. With help from her family and friends, Izzy Marie Hill put together a dozen Americana-infused pop tracks which provided her songwriting education with a solid foundation.

Working with local producer Chris Lewis, Izzy’s unique style was starting to take shape. A dining room became a recording studio, a back room the mixing suite as she strove for LA quality production on an LE8 budget. One by one the tracks were written, recorded and released on iTunes. In order to help spread the word, simple home made videos were uploaded to YouTube – the first of which, ‘Luckiest Girl in the World’ filmed on a beach in Bournemouth while on a family holiday.

Izzy worked the local circuit, gigging initially at open-mic nights and then support slots for other local artists. Dean Jackson at BBC Radio Nottingham saw potential very early on and invited a seventeen year old Izzy onto his show for a live ‘BBC Introducing’ session. In fact it was Jackson who acted as a Litmus test for Izzy’s music. As each song was recorded, it was uploaded to the BBC Introducing website. The ones that made it through to Dean’s show helped Izzy better define her music style into something best defined as ‘Quirky Pop’.

Now in the final stages of completing her second album, twenty year old Izzy’s found her music niche. Her lyrics are honest and intelligent, her sound dynamic and unashamedly pop.

2013 is proving to be a very interesting year for Izzy Marie Hill. Thanks to some great support from Lyndsey Boggis at BBC Introducing, Izzy received a weeks long Radio 1 play listing for her beguiling pop track “Chuck Norris” and some real industry attention. R1’s Scott Mills likened Izzy to Jason Mraz, with Greg James equally complimentary, comparing Izzy to Jack Johnson. High praise indeed!

Now gaining a wider audience, Izzy’s quirky pop style has attracted half a million Youtube views and a social network fan-base of over 10k. Recent comments from the BBC Radio1’s Head of Pop Jason Carter suggests another step change in her career following his invitation to record a Maida Vale session. This is likely to be a very busy summer for Izzy Marie Hill.

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