Born and raised in Nefyn, North Wales, Duffy
has a vocal ability that towers above expectation. Evocative of the music that raised her, yet thoroughly modern, her soulful sound combines a longing, scratchy blues feel with the rustic sound of modern life. She began songwriting at the age of 10, influenced by Doris Duke
, Bettye Swann
, Scott Walker
and Richard Hawley
. She has spent the past two years creating the album that would mark her arrival: Rockferry
has a charisma all its own. Highlights include the defiantly catchy "Mercy" - haunted by the ghost of Mowtown – "Warwick Avenue" with its white-knuckle grip and the razor-sharp hook of "Serious."
Backed by a band of six musicians - Sgt. Meadows, Ben. E., Greeno, Mr. T, Ayo & Karlos – Duffy's sound is both nostalgic and timeless. "We didn't have any record stores in my town – I just instinctively knew what I wanted to do. Somebody coming from Wales to the city I've had a lot to deal with, so for me this album is about a journey. We took two years to get the process right, and I think that's what we've done," she explains.
Duffy's debut album, Rockferry
, will be in stores May 15th, 2008.
Listen to the single, "Mercy"