“Bigger and bolder…Healey stands out from the crowd”. – The Line of Best Fit
Willie J Healey is emerging as one of the UK’s most consistent and charismatic new songwriters. As drawn to lo-fi slackers like Mac Demarco and Ariel Pink as classic US storytellers like Bruce Springsteen or Lou Reed, the 22-year-old Oxford-based misfit explores themes of isolation and escape: equally at home in lo-fi, slacker-mode ‘Best Friend’s Sister’ as he is the raw, gruff energy of ‘Would You Be’ or ‘Greys’. The results feel warmly familiar and strikingly relevant in their celebration of youth, and the modern problems of young manhood.
Last year’s acclaimed single ‘Would You Be’, which picked up support across Radio 1, 6Music, Radio X and also saw the young Oxford native tour with the likes of Hinds and Beach Baby. This year is set for even greater things with new single ‘Greys’ already released via National Anthem / Columbia Records and a debut album in the pipeline. He is currently on a nationwide tour with Palace and has been confirmed for Truck Festival 2017.
Listen to his single ‘Greys’ below: