A Welsh speaker with Bajan heritage, Kizzy Crawford’s solo career only began a few years ago. In that time, Kizzy has developed an increasing sophistication to her songwriting and performance, which is complimented by her soaring voice that boasts both range and charisma.
Her ambition as a black Welsh artist is to make her mark by fusing bilingual soul/jazz and she’s already getting recognition for her work with airplay on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru as well as live TV performances on S4C, Children in Need for BBC 1 and the 6 Nations advert campaign. Kizzy won the ‘Brwydr Y Bandiau’ at the National Eisteddfod 2013. She also won a Welsh Singer-Songwriter competition receiving money to record her first EP ‘Temporary Zone’ with Amy Wadge (signed to BDI Music and Ed Sheeran/Lewis Watson co-writer).
In the summer, Kizzy singed to publishing company BDi / Bucks Music and Kizzy was a featured artist with Gwilym Simcock for a BBC Radio 4 music programme she has played many gigs including shows at the National Assembly for Wales during WOMEX, London Jazz Festival supporting Sarah Gillespie, Swn Festival, Hay Festival, Festival No 6, Dinefwr Festival, the Plaid Cymru Conference, Glastonbury, Wakestock, Abergavenny Food Festival (where she performed her single Golden Brown live on BBC Radio 4) and she supported Gruff Rhys and Newton Faulkner. Kizzy is one of the BBC Horizons artist of the year, which sees her playing various BBC events and radio sessions including a live sessions at BBC Maida Vale. Kizzy recently toured Canada culminating in a showcase at the Prince Edward Island Festival. She also recently played a showcase at the House of Commons, Westminster alongside Cerys Matthews.
Kizzy is looking forward to releasing new material this year including her next single ‘Shout Out’ and Welsh language version ‘Yr Alwad’ in March. The tracks feature on the 2015 VISIT WALES TV & online ad campaign. Kizzy is also looking forward to performing at the Folk Alliance Festival in Kansas.
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