Buckingham Singer Ladybyrd is One to Watch in 2024


Introduction to Ladybyrd

With nearly 200,000 TikTok likes and a Louis Vuitton modelling gig under her belt, Ladybyrd — or Madeleine “Mimi” Pearson-Gee — is the Buckinghamshire singer-songwriter making waves before finishing university.

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A Star in the Making

The 20-year-old musician is carving an exciting path in the music industry. Fresh from recording vocals for a TV soundtrack scored by a Mission: Impossible composer, thanks to a serendipitous encounter with Tom Cruise, Ladybyrd is also celebrating the release of her new single, “Way Back Home.” The track’s accompanying music video has captivated over 50,000 viewers on YouTube, setting the stage for her anticipated debut album crafted with the help of Ian Barter, an accomplished songwriter, and producer known for his work with Amy Winehouse and Paloma Faith.

Ladybyrd’s Musical Essence

Reflecting on the past two years through her music, Ladybyrd’s debut album is a mosaic of personal growth, mental health struggles, and complex relationships. “I would describe my sound as bold, cinematic pop,” she explains. “I’m drawn to film music, orchestration, and electronic elements like synths.”

“Way Back Home”: A Blend of Intimacy and Defiance

Ladybyrd’s latest single, “Way Back Home,” has been lauded for its fusion of personal intimacy and explosive defiance. Likened to Lana Del Rey’s sensuality and Florence Welch’s drama, the song resonates with listeners, allowing them to interpret its emotional depth in their own ways.

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From TikTok to the Stage

Ladybyrd’s burgeoning career is impressive. She has supported artist Tom Speight, performed with BBC Music Introducing, and played at iconic London venues. All this while juggling her academic pursuits, studying history and international relations at King’s College London.

Roots in Buckingham

Having moved to Buckingham at the age of seven, Ladybyrd credits her musical family for her early appreciation of music. This familial connection also influenced her unique stage name, which is an homage to her mother’s nickname and inspired by British composer William Byrd.

Embracing Musical Creativity

Encouraged by her father, Ladybyrd began writing music during her childhood. A scholarship at Stowe School spurred her journey into music production, fostering her songwriting talents that flourished during lockdown, where she penned a song daily for months.

Ventures Beyond Music

Ladybyrd’s gap year saw her delve into modelling, including a memorable stint for Louis Vuitton. Despite the ups and downs of the modelling world, she treasures the opportunities it brought her.

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The Charm of Buckingham

Though now based in London, Ladybyrd often returns to Buckingham, finding comfort in its cosy high street, the serene National Trust Stowe Gardens, and scenic dog walks in the surrounding countryside.

Musical Inspirations and Aspirations

Influenced by artists like Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift and renowned film composers, Ladybyrd hopes her music will inspire listeners to romanticise their lives. She aims to create a cinematic and deeply lyrical sound, drawing on her eclectic range of musical influences.

Keeping an Eye on Ladybyrd

With a promising career trajectory, Ladybyrd is certainly an artist to monitor closely. Her talents are already gracing television screens, social media feeds, and live events, and her journey as a singer-songwriter holds much promise for the future.

“Way Back Home” is available now. For more details, visit ladybyrd.com.

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