A revered artist, Charlotte OC has been praised by many and heard by millions. The Blackburn-born artist of Malawian-Irish descent has a swooning reputation of capturing hearts across the world with her captivating, effortless vocals.
Starting the year as she means to go on, Charlotte has dropped two singles at once, “Bad Bitch” and “Forest“, which showcase the differentiating depths of her artistry. Both singles, which were released on 15th April, are the first helping of OC’s forthcoming full-length album, Here Comes Trouble, penned for release in October this year. This is Charlotte’s most honest & vulnerable work to date – this is Charlotte broken and on the floor, mending the shattered pieces of her heart & forced to face her inner demons. You won’t get any more real than this.
“Bad Bitch” was born out of “one of the most horrific meetings with an A&R”, recalls Charlotte. Leaving the meeting feeling like she had whiplash, Charlotte went to a bar by the river in Berlin and started drinking to drown her sorrows. After crying and laughing, she returned back to the UK a few days later and tried explaining where her brain went that day to her producer. When she was sober, she felt insecure, when she was intoxicated she was overly confident – there was no middle ground. The verses of “Bad Bitch” are Charlotte when she’s sober, whereas the chorus is Charlotte drunkenly ‘feeling herself’ and taking zero bullshit.
“Forest” shows Charlotte’s loving side. She notes that in the first lockdown “I started watching After Life by Ricky Gervais and I got incredibly overwhelmed with how scary it is to fully love somebody”. After not being able to see her boyfriend for a long time – like a lot of people in these hard times – she wrote the song for him. Charlotte continues “I also felt like I was losing him, so I wrote this to remind him of me”.
Speaking specifically about the album, Charlotte reminisces “In the space of two months, everything that had once been, was no longer. My heart had been broken in a way I could never have imagined. This resulted in me partying too much, not sleeping , hardly eating and smoking like a chimney. Self destruct mode, activated. I felt totally lost in space and nobody could bring me back to earth. Through this dark time I was forced to acknowledge things about myself, and sometimes not in the most positive way. This is me self-deprecating, this is me standing up for myself , this is me madly in love , horrifically heartbroken, angry , this is me praying to a god i don’t believe in about a life I couldn’t lead, because I had nothing left to lose I could not have made this album without the love and support I received from my producer, Couros, and the small bunch of co-writers I collaborated with on some of these songs. They picked both me and this album from the depths of darkness and helped me expel the demons into my work.”
The news of Charlotte’s album follows on from her 2020 EP release – Oh The Agony, Oh The Ecstasy. Consistently championed by BBC Introducing Lancashire & BBC Introducing on Radio 1, Charlotte OC also has the backing of Jack Saunders, Elton John, The Independent, Mahogany, MTV UK, Notion & BBC Radio 2, to name a few. Her music is listened to by over 529,000 monthly listeners on Spotify alone and has had various DSP support across Apple Music, Deezer & Amazon Music. The Blackburn artist also performed at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in 2019 and supported both James Arthur & Tom Walker on their respective UK tours.
“Bad Bitch” and “Forest” were released on 15th April via Embassy of Music.
A little bit more about Charlotte OC
Alternative pop artist Charlotte OC; born Charlotte O’Connor in Blackburn, Lancashire, England to her Malawian mother and Irish father.
Undoubtedly one of music’s most promising rising talents, British songstress Charlotte OC singles ’ Satellite’ and ‘Boyfriend’ have garnered attention from Paper Magazine, Nylon, Billboard and Clash as well as radio coverage from BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2. Her latest EP ‘Oh The Agony, Oh The Ecstasy’ was very well received in Germany and the UK and she entered the German radio charts with her single ‘Freedom’.
Her music has over 30 million streams to date and has performed on the Seth Meyers Late Late show, Goverors Ball, Field Day and Pitchfork Paris.
Charlotte has recently supported James Arthur and Tom Walker on their European tours.
She’s had TV syncs with popular TV shows including Virgin River, Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Riverdale, Catfish and Love Island. The sync with Virgin River caused the featured song ‘Where It Stays’ to have a viral revival and it went into the Shazam and Itunes charts in over 12 countries.
Charlotte’s earlier music had a dark hue, with folk shadings, moodier R&B and downtempo electronic elements. In November 2013, she debuted with Colour My Heart, an EP of four dramatic yet restrained songs recorded with Tim Anderson (Solange, Sia, Banks). Complementary remixes from Moodymann and Yarin Lidor followed shortly thereafter. After she moved to Harvest/Polydor, the EPs Strange and Burning followed in 2014 and 2015. In 2017, O’Connor returned with her debut full-length album, Careless People. Once again produced by Anderson, the album featured the slightly ominous yet accessible singles “Blackout” and “Darkest Hour.”
The new record Here Comes Trouble sees Charlotte really own her voice and settle into her artistry with an exquisite collection of organic and accomplished songs.