EP: Portia Conn – Runaway

Release Date: July 29th, 2012
Label: LAB Records
Website: www.portiaconn.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/portiaconn
Twitter: www.twitter.com/portiaconn

Rating:

There’s something about the simplicity of somebody singing with a quiet instrumental background that I can’t help but love, be it a country duo like The Civil Wars or the pop/rock inclination of Kate Voegele. Newbie Portia Conn fits nicely into this style of music, made all the more impressive by her being only 19 years of age. The smooth vocal performance across her debut EP ‘Runaway’ shows that at a young age, Portia Conn already has a substantial amount of talent which can only grow as her career develops.

Debut single and title-track, ‘Runaway’, presents a bold demonstration of Conn‘s vocal prowess made all the more impressive by her softer approach later in the EP with an acoustic rendition. Sounding not too dissimilar to Kelly Clarkson‘s track ‘Breakaway’, it shows song writing skill and lyrical ability way beyond her years.

If you’re thinking you recognise Conn‘s voice, it could be down to her recent appearance on Deaf Havana‘s recent single, ‘Little White Lies’. A full cover version of this track closes the EP and shows her ability to adapt an upbeat rock song to her relaxed acoustic atmosphere. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the original, and an interesting new take on the track which will no doubt win over new fans.

As a debut release, ‘Runaway’ is a remarkable piece of work that will give Portia Conn a good base to move on from. She demonstrates her talent consistently across the record and it’s this flair that will see her move onto further success with her ensuing work. It’s good to know she has the skill to be known as much more than “that girl from that Deaf Havana track”.

Written by Jonathon Barlow

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