Evoking the glory of legendary musicians past and confidently unveiling a sophisticated, classic feel, 19-year-old Chloe Bodur slows things down on her debut single out Nov. 26. Today, Ones To Watch exclusively premieres the North West Londoner’s luxurious “Glory,” a track showcasing the neo-soul, jazz singer’s very real talent. Spicing up the standard slow-jazz format which Bodur clearly already finds a comfortable home in, wailing guitar melodies contribute a well-matched, tasteful touch of funk and vintage rock to the track.
For being so young, the promising singer-songwriter demonstrates an inherent, natural way with words. Poignant images are elegantly sprinkled throughout Bodur’s lyrics, in vivid phrases like, “a gloss, blood-stained crimson,” “my heart’s fifth year in prison,” “a golden, high-pitched crash,” and even invoking Frank Sinatra’s name as the song builds to its most climactic part. Partaking in “my own silent jazz,” as she exquisitely sings, the budding UK artist creates a song that seems to radiate almost celestial energy.
Revealing a sage depth of understanding about the world around her, Bodur explains the origin of her debut song:
“I originally wrote ‘Glory’ as a poem about youth trying to find love in themselves and in others and the relationship between those two things. I think a lot of people struggle with self validation nowadays and have this underlying sense of loneliness that temporary distractions can’t fix; so I wanted ‘Glory’ to narrate that.”
Perhaps due to the song’s beginnings as a poem, “Glory” fearlessly takes its time, with a laid-back approach that stretches out its lyricism to maximum effect for listeners to take in. Bodur’s entrancing voice lures us in, impressively crafting her tale as we hang on to her every word.
“Glory” is only enhanced by the track’s effortless production, courtesy of JD. Reid, a UK Top 10-charting producer who has worked with Sinead Harnett, Mabel, Katy B, and D Double E. Weaving in an appropriate touch of history, the song was mastered by Alex Gordon (Raye, Sigrid, The Kooks, Circa Waves) at the iconic Abbey Road Studios.
Raised in a family of mixed cultures, the young Bodur was exposed to a wonderful variety of music and styles. Soaking in everything from Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra to Quincey Jones, D’angelo, and even Frank Ocean, her influences now all converge into a refreshing fusion within her own music. Her culturally-rich upbringing also inspired her to be a beacon of empowerment and liberation for young women, especially those of mixed-heritage.
Later, Bodur moved from London to Brighton to study music at the university level and met her band members there. After their very first gig, the UK artist was signed to QM Records in anticipation of the release of her debut “Glory.” She has since sold-out many live shows, and we hope she can bring her live set to the U.S. soon!
Kick back and let Chloe Bodur’s smooth, debut track “Glory” be your soundtrack for a cozy, autumn evening in: