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South-East London born-and-raised artist, vocalist and songwriter Eliza Oakes is carving a name for herself one of the city’s most exciting young voices. Having released her debut EP ‘An Intuition’ in 2021, she is now backed by PRS’ “Women Make Music” fund and is due to release her next highly anticipated EP in autumn 2024.


Hailed technically as a vocal athlete, combining the early learnings from her gospel roots to her double decade-long training in jazz, classical, musical theatre; what lies at the heart of her vocal instrument is a story of vulnerability, tenderness, and above all, power. Siting influence from Kate Bush, Laura Mvula, Yebba and Joni Mitchell to name a few, Eliza presents a unique, expansive and formidable exploration of the voice that blends classic songwriting, improvisation and performance amidst a melting pot of genres including Jazz, Pop, Gospel and Folk.


Having received critical support from CLASH and Wonderland Magazine, along with radio play from Worldwide FM, Soho Radio and Balamii, Eliza has sold out a series of London headline shows to date, the most recent being at London’s iconic St Pancras Old Church.


Her versatility as a session musician is evident from recent appearances: alongside Black Country New Road, performing and touring with Grammy-award nominated artist Jordan Rakei on vocals, keys and synths, and with recording credits for artists including Elbow, MRCY and Gregory Porter. She has graced stages at leading venues such as KOKO, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The Jazz Cafe, Bricklane Jazz Festival and BBC6 Music Festival.


In addition, having recently taken a viral turn on Tik-Tok, Eliza performs as a soloist and musician with Idrîsî Ensemble, a music collective that delves into the performance and study of rare, previously unrecorded medieval repertoire by way of musical archaeology, medieval literature and postcolonial historiography, spanning from 4th century ancient greek polyphonies, Old Roman Chants to Troubadour songs up to the 14th century.


Eliza places truth and originality at the forefront of her exploration of her own vocal and musical identity. This multi-faceted artist is rapidly gaining momentum as one of the most authentic and naturally-gifted new voices in the landscape.

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