One To Watch: BRITs' Rising Star Nominee Joy Crookes Talks to Abbey Road

23rd January 2020

Neo-soul singer-songwriter and BRITs Rising Star nominee Joy Crookes recorded a version of her hit track ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ live in Studio Three.

The 21 year-old was selected as one of three all-female nominees for the prestigious BRITs Rising Star award, who had the opportunity to come down to Abbey Road to record a live version of one of their tracks in Studio Three, which you can watch here. Prior to her nomination, the South-London singer had a very impressive 2019, releasing two EP’s, Perception and Reminiscence, selling out her headline European which included a slot at Glastonbury festival as well as making her debut on Later… with Jools Holland.
Her 2020 has also already got off to a good start, after she featured in the top five artists chosen for the BBC Sound of 2020 list, selected by a panel of 170 music critics, broadcasters, festival bookers and previous nominees, which include Lewis Capaldi, Chvrches and Billie Eilish.

Being from Bangladeshi-Irish heritage, Joy’s signature blend of pop, soul and r&b is inspired by an early exposure to Pakistani music, King Tubby and Nick Cave by her father, with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Sinead O' Connor and Kate Nash also cited as prominent sources of inspiration growing up.

You can watch our interview with Joy Crookes below, as well as her performance of her track Early, featuring fellow Irish singer-songwriter Jafaris, on Jools Holland last year.