8 years ago, when a 14-year-old Lauran Hibberd took up playing guitar, it may have seemed a distant possibility that she would have played at Glastonbury Festival, Isle of White Festival and performed a session in the legendary Maida Vale Studios. But the singer-songwriter-musician has done all this and more – all by the age of 22 – and is now one of the most exciting upcoming British artists.
The Isle of White-born singer started her career releasing softer tracks, but in 2017 the release of her single ‘Hunny Is This What Adults Do?’ signaled a more indie feel to her music. Her following singles ‘Fun Like This’ and ‘Call Shotgun’ cemented her brilliant indie sound, mixing in her fantastic vocals that make her stand out from the crowd. By the end of 2018 she had sold out shows in Southampton and the Isle of White, as well as supporting Eliza and the Bear on their UK tour.
Whilst Hibberd was still an exceptional prospect in 2018, in 2019 she announced herself as someone to pay attention to, with the release of her singles ‘Sugardaddy’, ‘Hoochie’, ‘Frankie’s Girlfriend’ and her acclaimed first EP ‘Everything is Dogs’. By now BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, Radio X and the SRA had all started paying attention to Hibberd, culminating in her August session in the Maida Vale Studios and frequent support by the SRA including being included in the SRA Class of 2020.
Everything about Hibberd’s music demands you pay attention and leaves you wanting more. Her song ‘Shark Week’ peaked at #9 in the SRA Chart, a sign that more and more are discovering her and are loving what they are hearing.
Hibberd shared her pride in being part of the SRA Class of 2020, saying:
It feels amazing! I was super excited when I was told, and to be able to play the SRA awards as well is incredible. It’s really a sigh of relief as well, it’s so reassuring to have the support of Student Radio! I’m super grateful.
When asked about what 2020 may have in store of her, she teased new music, saying:
A potential album could be on the way! It’s definitely a BIG discussion at the moment, and I’m writing like mad. I have a lot of ideas, it’s a debut album so it needs to say everything for me. As for other things, we’ll be touring (more and more), still releasing lots of singles (and another (EP).
2020 promises to be the biggest year of Hibberd’s career so far, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us.
Written by Will Kennedy