NEW VOICES: British-Nigerian Artist Essence Martins to Release New EP “Deer In The Headlights” on February 23rd, 2024 | LISTEN!

ESSENCE MARTINS
DEBUT EP

“DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS”
RELEASED 23RD FEBRUARY

SINGLE “BRUSSEL SPROUTS” OUT NOW
YOUNG ART RECORDS

Emerging British-Nigerian artist Essence Martins follows up her debut single “Pending Status”, with a beautifully personal new track “Brussel Sprouts”, out now. Drawing inspiration from a fusion of indie, folk, pop and soul, Essence’s sound is uniquely her own.

“Brussel Sprouts” is a tender self-penned dedication to Essence’s twin sister and the relationship with her family. Essence explains, “My twin sister and I understand each other so well that we know exactly what to do when one of us is having a hard time. I also have two older sisters who encourage and influence me to be the best person I can be. For me ‘Brussel Sprouts’ symbolises a rite of passage. A lot of us grew up hating Brussel sprouts as kids because of their bitter taste, but we were all told to eat them because they’re good for us. Everyone has to overcome obstacles to get to the light at the end of a tunnel and the Brussel Sprouts are just the little bumps in life that we all must encounter.”

Born and raised in North West London, Essence’s upbringing was steeped in sport, specifically tennis, practising and competing in tournaments. At 17 she took to YouTube tutorials to learn the guitar and piano, as a way to escape the pressures of constant training and competing. Despite dedicating her childhood to tennis training, Essence’s journey led her to pursue her true passion in music. After a year of studying Sports Science and Biology in the US on a tennis scholarship, she made the life-altering decision to follow her heart and pursue music. Growing up listening to a diverse range of artists, from Norah Jones and Lauryn Hill to Simon and Garfunkel, and later discovering the likes of Paramore and Phoebe Bridgers, she began to define her sound.

Since March this year, Essence Martins has been touring and performing as a backing vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist for the acclaimed artist Birdy. “Pending Status” and “Brussel Sprouts” are both taken from Essence Martins’ forth-coming debut EP, due for release in early 2024.

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