singer Bow Anderson released her debut track ‘Sweater’ at the
very start of lockdown in March – perhaps
the best time for a pop starlet to launch her career. On the
contrary: four months on from its debut, ‘Sweater’ has now
four million streams, picked up support across Radio 1 and by Elton
John on Beats 1, as well as going top 20 on Spotify’s Viral Charts.
adversity into strength has, of course, been a recurring theme in Bow
Anderson’s career. Born and bred on the east side of Edinburgh, as
a teenager Bow took part in competitive trampolining, training
with people who went on to be part of Team GB before a freak accident
put a halt to her competing at the National Championships (“I
almost lost my leg,” she says today). With her athletic dreams
shattered, Anderson – who faced the prospect of never walking or
dancing again – found salvation in music. Following intensive
upped sticks and moved to London to study music at the renowned BIMM
Institute, making industry contacts and eventually
securing a deal with Universal.
only released two singles so far – debut track ‘Sweater’ and
the recent ‘Heavy’ – but it’s not hard to see why Anderson
has been so heavily tipped for superstardom. Owing as much to the pop
classicism of Motown and Phil Spector as she does the attitude of
Rihanna, the 23-year-old starlet delivers gutsy, spirit-rousing pop
songs shot through with frank, warts-and-all lyrics.
frank and refreshing, few artists have made quite as impressive a
start as Bow Anderson. Whatever she does next, we fully expect her to
maintain those majestic high standards.
The track which first launched her to stardom, this joyful,
Motown-infused soul banger perfectly encapsulates Bow Anderson’s
deeply optimistic, defying-all-odds attitude.