Behind the Music
BBC INTRODUCING DEVON
RISE (aka Jo Beth Young) is a relentlessly authentic songwriter who cuts deep into the fabric of human frailty creating a visionary sound swaying hypnotically between dream folk and progressive grit. Her mesmeric voice and words at times dark, but always beautiful.
Since the release of her debut album ‘An Abandoned Orchid House’ in 2018 (under the longer moniker of Talitha RISE) she has been gathering international acclaim and support from BBC 6, BBC Introducing Devon, and the legendary ECHOES Radio in the USA who made her the number 1 album of the year.
Establishing her unique sound early on in Ireland cutting her teeth on the folk circuit, she returned to the UK and met her long-term collaborator Martyn Barker (Shriekback, Goldfrapp, Robert Plant) and caught the attention of Chris Difford (Squeeze) who sang on her debut EP Blue.
As a live artist, RISE has started to reach new heights. Opening for acts such as Renaissance, Boo Hewardine, Julia Biel, Antonio Forcione and Shriekback, and she has held the spellbound attention of audiences at The Maltings, St. Pancras London, The BBC Stage at Leopallooza and sold out her 2017 and 2018 headline shows in Sussex and Devon.
With beautifully crafted songs, enrapturing emotional performances and cinematic sounds, Rise has reaped incredible support from acclaimed artists including Juldeh Camara (Robert Plant), Henry Thomas (George Michael, Van Morrison), Peter Yates (Fields of the Nephillim), Mike Rowe (Sheryl Crow, Noel Gallagher), Arnulf Linder (K.T Tunstall).
With comparisons to Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks, Mazzy Star, Tori Amos threading through Pink Floyd-esque sounds, it is still hard to pin down Rise’s sounds and influences. There are hints of her classical singing beginnings, her celtic studies and love of early prog, Tim Buckley and Nick Drake, but ultimately, she sounds distinctively like herself.
Jo-Beth decided on the change of name to RISE from Talitha Rise to mark the next phase of her career as a solo artist and is currently preparing to tour and release her new album ‘Strangers' which comes out via Wise Queen Records on 18.10.19.