About Eddi Reader
Eddi Reader grew up in Glasgow and Irvine, Scotland and it was in those towns that she learned to use music as a vehicle for communicating with others through busking and performing at the local folk clubs. In the early 1980s, Eddi travelled around Europe with circus and performance artists before moving to London where she quickly became a sought after session vocalist. She famously harmonized with Annie Lennox touring with the Eurythmics, after her time with successful punk outfit Gang of Four. It was the short-lived but warmly remembered Fairground Attraction that really brought her into the limelight and to the attention of a much wider audience. The single ‘Perfect’ and parent album First of a Million Kisses both topped the British charts.
However, it was her subsequent albums which signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own. Her unerring instinct for fine material, whether self penned, collaborative or a carefully chosen cover version. In 2001 she decided to move home to Glasgow where she recorded the classic ‘Songs Of Robert Burns’ album released to international acclaim in 2003. Awarded the MBE in 2006 for services to singing, she has taken her songs on tour all over the world.
Constant touring with her band has created a magical organic chemistry between Eddi and her players,from the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song. Her taste in co-writers, writers, songs and players is impeccable and anything with her name on it is guaranteed musical treasure.
Whilst the perfection of her technique is widely acknowledged, what sets Reader apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience. Her passion and instinct move people in a way reminiscent of those who have influenced her work. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.
The Best of Eddi Reader is the first career spanning compilation, a double album that collects thirty of her most consistently beautiful, often deeply personal and intimate songs. Compiled by (manager and label MD) Tom Rose.
“Just perfect – Eddi Reader gets every song just right”
The Sunday Times
“Eddi Reader is one of my favourite singers of all time”
“One of the great voices in British music”
“Every time I record I rarely listen again, so when I do hear something I've done I get surprised and my mind hasn't time to pick it apart- when I listened through to this collection I found myself reconnecting with every chord, melodic shift, percussion push and vocal thread. It reminded me of myself like little Polaroids. I can't believe how beautiful it is- I am very proud of this music.”
Eddi is on tour in November / December 2017 with more dates set for 2018.
Management Tom Rose & Jane Skinner
Agent Mark Anstey Unique Gravity