With vocals reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and catchy piano hooks bringing back memories of early Kate Nash, it is no wonder that Bow Anderson’s debut single ‘Sweater’ is hitting the hearts of tastemakers far and wide, These range from Sir Elton John, who played the track on his Apple Music show, to BBC One, where it was picked as the Tune of the Week.
But it isn’t just rock royalty taking note of the Scottish singer. The Guardian, Line of Best Fit, and U Discover Music have all featured the track, calling it ‘rollicking,’ ‘irresistible’, and ‘soulful,’ respectively. ‘Sweater’ racked up more than a million Spotify spins since its March release is a feat that Anderson “can’t quite believe”.
Though scoring such impressive early success, being involved in music was not a lifelong ambition for the BIMM graduate. Before music, Anderson was into trampolining at a competitive level. However, her trampolining career was abruptly ended when she suffered an acute injury in a freak accident, making competing in her beloved sport an impossibility.
Illustrating the truism of one door closing while another opens, the demise of Anderson’s athletic career led to her discovery of singing and songwriting, as her rehabilitation included duetting with her dad. Combining her love of classic Motown hits with the sass of contemporary pop diva brilliance, Anderson’s impressive range brings a bright cheerfulness to the genre.
She has since released three EPs and a bunch of singles. She now boasts over 1.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify, helped by the fact that she has been included in Spotify’s prestigious New Music Friday playlist. Bow is destined for big things; we hope we can hear a full-length album in the future!