Nashville Meets London presents

Laura Oakes

With special guest Poppy Fardell

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Last Show: Wednesday 23 rd February 2022

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

Compered by Matt Spracklen – Country Hits Radio

PizzaExpress welcomes the first night of the 2022 new season’s ‘Nashville Meets London presents’ monthly residency. Headlined by the highly acclaimed singer-songwriter and two time winner of best Female Vocalist at the British Country Music Awards - Laura Oakes with support from Poppy Fardell, this is going to be one special evening. One not to miss!

Laura Oakes

Two time winner of best Female Vocalist at the British Country Music Awards, Laura Oakes has enjoyed some of the UK’s most prestigious festivals and stages including C2C, The Great Escape, The Long Road, Cornbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and Camp Bestival. As well as support for some of the most notable talent coming out of the UK and the US including Morgan Evans, Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen, Devin Dawson, The Shires, Ward Thomas and Sarah Darling.

Her 2020 EP ‘How Big Is Your World’ was released as the pandemic swept the world but non the less received playlisting from BBC Radio 2 and pick up across Chris Country Radio, Country Hits with feature pieces online across Popmatters, Maverick Magazine and Popdust. Reaching no.11 in the UK iTunes Country chart the EP also pricked the ears of Spotify and Apple on both sides of the pond securing playlists and amassing over 1.5 million streams.

In addition to creating and releasing her own material, Laura has writing cuts with the likes of Una Healy, Jess and The Bandits, Jade Helliwell and Wiktoria. Adding further strings to her bow, Laura has also started not just one but two radio shows. The first, on Chris Country radio, bringing the format of the increasingly popular format of ‘The Round’ to the ears of the listeners in lieu of no live shows and the second in a traditional show format available on Radio Alty. Forever productive, Laura has also been working on new material written with some of the world’s best writers; James T Slater (Martina Mc Bride), Beth Nielsen Champan (Faith Hill) and Jason Lehning (Alison Krauss).  Stay tuned for further releases in 2022.

Poppy Fardell 

Poppy's honest & vivid storytelling have captured the hearts and imaginations of the UK's music loving audience.

One of the most promising artists in U.K Country Music, Poppy Fardell is sparking fire & truth with every lyric as she defies her age with heartfelt messages and embracing the notion of doing things her way, whilst the rule book for writing and releasing music has now been completely disregarded after a year like no other. Making no apologies, Poppy's taking on venues such as The Green Note, The Bedford, and supporting artists such as Jade Helliwell & Kezia Gill on their Girl Country Tour, Morganway at The Slaughtered Lamb, and sold out her own headline show at The Camden Chapel. 

Poppy's Debut EP 'Better Start' shot straight to No.3 in the UK Country iTunes Charts next to Eric Church and Taylor Swift, and stayed in the top ten for the days following. 

Poppy is working hard on her next big release for Spring of 2022, which will most certainly raise the bar for all UK Artists.