2012 has been a breakthrough year for Manchester’s Josephine Oniyama. Her arresting debut album was released in October to widespread acclaim, largely heralding her as a terrific new British voice.

An appearance on Later…with Jools Holland and a hefty schedule of touring has made it a fruitful year, and 2013 is already looking even busier still.

Josephine has created a self reflective debut album which illustrates the many different sides of a fascinating character. Vocally, her prowess recalls ‘the Queen of gospel’ Mahalia Jackson’s distinctive contralto, yet behind the powerful delivery is a husky undercurrent, making every replaying seem like a personal performance. This compelling delivery commands attention completely, on a record replete with a vibrant array of musical genres.

Whether accompanied by Ed Harcourt on stripped-back piano melody House Of Mirrors, or playing a fastpaced bossa-nova infused jaunt via Pepper Shaker, she’s equally aweinspiring.

Her new single, Portrait, is one of the most striking songs on the record, showing her assured vocal delivery, and ear for beautifully rendered folk and soul songcraft.

Josephine will be undertaking a full UK tour alongside Paloma Faith in the coming weeks. You can catch them on February 9 at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Call 02920 22 44 88 for booking information.