#1 Billboard-charting indie-rock musician Jade Bird has revealed another new single, titled "Houdini," which premiered on Apple Music Radio & Zane Lowe, following up the powerhouse return from her hiatus, "Head Start." "Houdini" is a soul-soothing folk moment that embodies the intoxicatingly bright and bold spirit of Jade Bird, the chorus, imbued with the power of her live performances, and stunning vocals elevate the track to a truly ethereal experience.
"I've loved the word/concept for a really long time," said Jade Bird. "All of a sudden, it seemed to be the perfect metaphor for the figures who had left my life in the past. I had no control or choice on their appearances and disappearances - sort of like the man himself."
While her voice has been compared to vintage stars like Alanis Morissette, Dolly Parton and Janis Joplin, Jade Bird's songwriting and effortless ability to blend genres place her firmly in the new leagues of innovative female performers like Maggie Rogers and Phoebe Bridgers. At only 22 years old, it is obvious that the rawness and freedom of Bird's musicianship stretches far beyond her years.
Born in Hexham in the UK, Jade Bird's early life was spent mainly in flight as an "army brat". One of her life's few constants proved to be the influence of strong working women; at first, by way of her mother and grandmother, who largely raised her, but later the female role models within the musical subcultures Bird became obsessed with. From empowering country heroines like Loretta Lynn to iconic alternative songwriters like Patti Smith - Alanis Morisette's Jagged Little Pill was a similar early touchstone.
Bird is a rising star on the London music scene, delivering a fantastic mix of alternative folk, country and pop. Her incredible debut self-titled album was released in 2019 to widespread critical acclaim, debuting in the Top 10 on the UK charts and surpassing 27 millions streams in the UK alone. She has also brought her show-stopping live performances to Newport Folk Festival, Shaky Knees, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Hangout Festival, SXSW, and landed opening slots for the likes of Hozier, Brandi Carlile, The Lumineers, Father John Misty, Jason Isbell, Colter Wall, Anderson East and Lewis Capaldi.
With a voice that can silence the busiest bar, a charm that can melt the hardest heart, and exceptional songwriting as the through-line through everything she does, Bird has already made a huge impact on the industry, and is set to continue her meteoric rise to prominence.