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SOUNDS LIKE: A mature musical head on young shoulders
FOR FANS OF: Meg Mac, Alicia Keys, Fiona Apple
WHY YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION: The Sydney based 19-year-old has always had an active imagination. Her creativity was encouraged early on by her film industry parents (who met on the set of Titanic) – as a student Odette wrote plays for her class mates, and once brought a book of Keats' poems to her Bring Your Favourite Book To School day. A future as a writer beckoned, until she started penning songs on piano and discovered music gave her a broader platform through which to express herself. As a 15-year-old Odette uploaded some of her first songs to Unearthed, and at 17 was signed to EMI. The first single from her upcoming debut album, "Watch Me Read You", is a smooth, R&B inspired jam that pairs her rich, soulful vocals with a beat-poet-style lyricism. For the past two years she's been working on her full-length (due early next year) with producers and songwriters such as Charlie Hugall (Florence + the Machine) and Jason Cox (Blur, Gorillaz), alongside Damian Taylor (Bjork, the Killers).
SHE SAYS: Growing up, Odette's South African mother and English father ensured their house was filled with music. "My mother always showed me Angelique Kidjo and Miriam Makeba, just rhythm and soul. It's just joy. Dad would listen to punk rock and David Sylvian, and I would get this really eclectic palette of different artists. Jazz, soul, funk, hip-hop, punk, there was a lot of stuff."
HEAR FOR YOURSELF: The lyrically dense, engaging storytelling of latest single "Watch Me Read You".