Twice selected for Barack Obama’s summer playlist (‘All My Girls Like To Fight’ and ‘Cherries’ featuring Aminé’), and with props from Rolling Stone (‘Lovestained’ No.8 in its best songs of 2019), NME (‘Essential New Artist’ 2021), Deezer (August 2022 focus artist) and DIY (Class of 2023), fledgling artist Hope Tala’s accolades and influential fan list keeps on growing.
Londoner Hope has been dubbed ‘The uber-cool romantic poet with a twist in her pen’. Her songcraft is strong, with clever wordplay reminiscent of your favourite hip hop lyricists, sung with soft vocals or flow-switched-up in spoken word. She laces her stories over lilting, sunny, bossa nova beats teamed with flecks of R&B, neo-soul, and indie pop, blurring the lines of any given genre.
The multi-hyphenate creative counts collaborations with pop production royalty among her works, with Paul Epworth (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Rihanna) on ‘Mad’, and Greg Kurstin (Halsey, Pink, Sia) and Mozella (Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Miley Cyrus) on ‘Tiptoeing’ – the latter being chosen as Clara Amfo as BBC Radio 1’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’.
Some 2023 highlights so far include being selected by Billboard to contribute a ‘love letter’ to the LGBTQ+community during Pride month, featuring on Victor Franco’s track ‘Homesick’, and contributing to the soundtrack of Netflix show They Cloned Tyrone on the tune ‘Sheisty’.
This follows selling out her 2022 headline show in London, performing at Glastonbury, The Great Escape and Latitude, and supporting Florence and the Machine on tour in LA.
Hope’s forthcoming debut album is in the works, with collabs from pop greats including Tayla Parx who has penned hits with many pop favourites including Ariana Grande, Haim and Khalid, to name a few. This UK BIcon has international buzz and it’s about to get louder.
“I just want people to make my songs their own. If you connect with it in any way, that’s cool with me. I always felt destined to make music. It’s my duty to see this through.”