Equally at home in dusty libraries perusing Scottish murder ballads and Arabic scales Eliza Shaddad is the product of an incredibly diverse and borderless upbringing. Born to Sudanese and Scottish parents and raised across seven countries, she is the descendent of a long line of progressive artists and academics dating back to the 1800s. She holds an MPhil in Philosophy, speaks four languages and is a graduate in Jazz from the Guildhall School.
Eliza has released two EPs and one LP on independent UK label Beatnik Creative, and German label ferryhouse Productions . Her work has received critical acclaim from the likes of The Sunday Times, FADER, Rolling Stone, Scotland on Sunday, Metro, STERN, and Stereogum, with airplay across BBC Radio 1, 2, 6 Music, Absolute Radio, NTS Radio, and playlisting on BBC Radio Scotland, Amazing Radio, and Radio X.
Her debut EP ‘Waters’ charted in the top 30 Official Physical Singles Chart, and second EP ‘Run’ described as “A stunning piece of work” (ShortList), was championed by Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens, and garnered repeat stretches for Eliza as the ‘Most Blogged Artist’ on Hype Machine.
Eliza Shaddad’s debut album ‘Future’ was released on 26 October 2018, and supported by the likes of Guy Garvey, Lauren Laverne, and BBC Sounds (who named her a ‘ Rising Star of 2019 ’). The album campaign featured reviews and interviews from print publications such as Rolling Stone Germany & USA, MOJO Magazine, PSNEurope, Stern (DE), and the Sunday Times, and online support from the likes of Refinery 29, CMU, CLASH Magazine, The Skinny, She Shreds, Bandcamp Daily, PopMatters, and Notion Magazine.
Spotify support has included New Music Friday UK, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Turkey, and Israel, plus Feelgood/Ultimate Indie, Indie Radar, Van Life, The Stress Buster, Alternative Generation, and Believe the Hype playlists. International radio highlights have included airplay on Beats 1, KCRW, and Triple J, with playlisting from Flux FM, Detektor FM, RadioEins (Germany) and KX Radio (The Netherlands). Live sessions include The Quay
Sessions (BBC Scotland), Vic Galloway (BBC Introducing Scotland), John Kennedy (Radio X), NTS Radio, Mahogany, Daytrotter, Deezer, British Council’s Selector Radio and BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends.
In the last 12 months Eliza has toured the UK and Europe with TurinBrakes, Tender, ISLAND, and Beth Rowley, played her first five shows in the USA at SXSW 2019 , and headlined OSLO Hackney in celebration of the album launch. In her career so far she has toured Europe five times, twice as a headliner, but 2019 has seen her first shows in Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and also in Italy where she was invited to play songs
from ‘Future’ with a full orchestra and choir.
Previous festival highlights have included The Great Escape, Wilderness, Boardmasters, Celtic Connections, and BBC at the Edinburgh Fringe, and supports slots for artists such as Soléy, Lucy Rose, Bedouine, Palace, Oh Wonder, Strand of Oaks, Sarah Jarosz, Kate Tempest, James Bay, Andreya Triana, Nick Harper, and Michael Chapman.
Syncs have included Emmerdale, Made in Chelsea, BBC Sport, and ‘Make it Go Away’ being used as the trailer music for feature film ‘Tucked’, released in cinemas May 2019.