Newspaper article Manchester Evening News


Newspaper article Manchester Evening News


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JAMAICA-BORN, Londonbred songstress Denai Moore realised from an early age that the greatest - or rather, most meaningful - pop stars don't necessarily need to be the most perfect.

During her early teens, Moore remembers sitting down to watch a live TV performance by her musical idol, former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill.

"That was a real turning point for me," she says, happily lost in nostalgic reverie.

That's when what it artist -it's Denai "It was this Lauryn Hill unplugged performance, and she basically has an emotional breakdown in the middle of the show.

"Her voice is croaky, she's forgetting the words; but it was the most amazing, human thing I'd ever seen. To be on stage and be so vulnerable like that.

That's when I realised what it means to a real artist - it's to be human."

Moore, it's safe to say, has clearly applied that philosophy to her own music career. Four years on from her big breakthrough moment - a career-elevating performance on Later With Jools in 2013 - the 23-year-old has developed into a soul artist of deep emotional acuity.

I realised to a real be human Moore Her second album, We Used To Bloom, released earlier this summer, is a standout contender for 2017's most inventive and intimate album, an beguiling collection of styles and stories - think Lauryn Hill meets Bon Iver - that feels like a hazy conversation over a long night with a close friend.

Indeed, that's undoubtedly what Moore's devoted fans see her as - a friend they can reach out to.

Speaking to CityLife after a busy summer festival itinerary, Moore has been realising, with immense pride, how her own heart-on-sleeve candour is being bravely reciprocated by her fanbase. "People have contacted me over social media," Moore says, "telling me the most personal things, saying how my songs have helped them through a hard time.

"Once you've written these songs and put them out into the world, they don't belong to you anymore. They belong to the people who've found this deep connection with them."

You'll find no better example of such deep, profound empathy than the song Trickle, perhaps the most affecting track on We Used To Bloom.

Inspired by Moore's own experiences of anxiety, in particular the extreme panic attacks she used to suffer as a teenager, Trickle - accompanied by a stunning video from on-the-rise film director Raine Allen-Miller - prompted a wave of positive response when it was released back in May this year. …

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