A recent trend in the Official UK Charts is the rise in female solo singers off the back of appearances as a featured artist. Take Ella Eyre, Becky Hill and Jess Glynne for example, whose successes didn’t go unnoticed in 2014. Someone looking to replicate their achievements is Staffordshire-born singer-songwriter Laura Welsh.
The 28-year-old cowrote and provided the vocals for Gorgon City’s summer anthem “Here For You”, though she herself looks set to come into her own with “Ghosts”, the fourth single to be taken from Welsh’s upcoming debut album, scheduled out in March.
Ghosts explores the theme of learning lessons from situations and overcoming them, rather than letting them get you down. It’s a strong message, which Laura Welsh delivers with an untainted conviction. Her commanding and captivating vocals bellow over the dramatic backdrop and its menacing drum beat, with powerful lyrics (written by herself and Jonathan Lipsey) to match. You can almost feel Welsh’s pain in the chorus, as she sings, “I need you to help me through / I can’t lay these ghosts to rest.”
The accompanying music video is made up of black and white vistas that depict charming scenes from New York City, intertwined with shots of Laura Welsh singing in the shadows. The video’s eerie overlay gives an ethereal feel: extremely fitting for a song entitled Ghosts.
Released on Monday, January 19th, 2015, “Ghosts” is the fourth single to be taken from Laura Welsh’s debut album “Soft Control”, which is pencilled in for March 9th launch on Outsiders/Polydor.