Brooke Sharkey was named today as one of The Guardian’s Future 50 rising stars.
Not yet 30, Brooke Sharkey already has more than a decade’s worth of performing across the UK and Europe under her belt and a very accomplished second album in Wandering Heart. File her under folk if you have to, but her distinctive sound and strong narrative skills bring to mind Regina Spektor, French chanteuses such as Juliette Greco (her own French upbringing means she sings in both languages) or even Tom Waits – a live highlight is her stripped-back version of The Briar and the Rose. The sparse fragility of Sharkey’s music and her intimate delivery mean that it gives up its charms slowly, but very surely.
The accolade is yet is another milestone for Brooke, whose new album ‘Wandering Heart’ garnered widespread critical acclaim and a packed out UK album launch at London’s Jazz Cafe last month.
Brooke recently signed to V2 Benelux and will support French artist Tété at Café de la Danse in Paris on 29 November. More UK and European dates for 2017 will be announced soon.