Hailing from the North East of England and based in London, 22 year-old Howell – born Hope Sandywell – brings a high-energy, gritty flair to the indie-pop scene. A combination of haunting, bluesy vocals and hard-hitting basslines are what set her apart from the rest. After singing from a young age, Howell started songwriting in 2017 as she began attending The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.
This was the start of the development of her artistic style as she began focusing on experimental use of sound and pop production elements. She describes her influences as the likes of Florence + The Machine, London Grammar and Grimes. Her debut single ‘Stick Around’ provides a melancholic yet vibrant backdrop for a conversation about mental health.
Howell’s second single ‘Alone’ deals with the topic of mental health and highlights how incredibly isolated depression can make you feel. The theme is one of hope and optimism and describes a desire to move away from a point of personal turmoil. ‘You’re not alone in feeling alone’ is ultimately the message Howell aims to convey.