New UK Music Talent: Rumer

BATD ON Jul 21, 2010 AT 9:15 am



Talk has been abuzz on MySpace about 31-year-old up-and-coming singer/songwriter Rumer. Rumer’s smooth voice is similar to classic songstresses Carole King and Karen Carpenter, and her songs are in the style of 1970’s soft-rock, with a modern-day take slightly similar to singers like Ingrid Michaelson and Aimee Mann.  This particularly holds true for Rumor’s first single, “Slow,” a relaxing melody about unrequited love that’s a great listen for those of us who need to unwind after a long day at work. 

Rumer was born in Pakistan, where her English father worked as the chief-engineer of the Tarbela Dam.  Re-locating to New Forest, Rumer’s parents separated when she was eleven after it was discovered that her true biological father was a Pakistani cook with whom her mother had had an affair. 

She was the lead singer of the indie band La Honda for a brief period in her twenties until her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, of which she died in 2003.  After her mother’s death, Rumer struggled to catch a break until she was discovered by TV and musical composer Steve Brown at an Open Mic night in Kensal Rise

After years of working through the many hardships thrown at her and struggling to make it big, the talented Anglo-Pakistani musician finally signed on with Atlantic records in March, and her single, “Slow” is set to be officially released on August 30th.  The soulful singer’s debut album, Seasons of My Soul, will come out later this year.  I can hardly wait!

To listen to Rumer’s single visit, and to hear a blast from Rumer’s past, La Honda, go to

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