Anyone heading down to Popscene this Thursday to catch new UK soul/hip-hop sensation Plan B (more on him later this week) should take pains to get there early, around 10-ish, to catch his equally red-hot opening act, Eliza Doolittle.
The British sensation – nee Eliza Caird — is backing her self-titled neo-vaudevillian debut, and overseas smash hits like “Skinny Genes” and “Roller Blades.”
Dubbed Doolittle since she was a tot, “I think “My Fair Lady” was the reason I got the nickname, although I don’t feel much of a connection to it,” she says. Plus it helped differentiate her from her eight siblings.
The stage, you might say, was in this singer’s blood. Her father’s a stage director, her mother aTony-Award-winning actress, and her grandmother is Sylvia Young, who founded her eponymous Theatre School in 1981.
“But to be honest with you, I didn’t actually attend the school – I just went on Saturdays, to do singing and dance and drama classes, just for fun,” the 23-year-old recalls. “And obviously, I got in for free – I don’t think my grandma would ever charge me.”
What did she learn there? Nothing, really, she replies.
“Because I was super-independent. When I was 12, I started writing songs, then I got my management myself. So my grandma didn’t even know I could sing until a few years ago! I was quite shy about it and didn’t show her much of what I was doing.”
Now, of course, the whole world knows.
For more info, visit: www.elizadoolittle.com.
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