MUSIC REVIEW: Gabrielle set to soar in 2013

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Gabrielle Aplin

Although the hauntingly beautiful cover of The Power of Love may have melted from your memory like the snowmen of the famous Christmas advert, singer Gabrielle Aplin plans to make 2013 her big year.

Her debut single for Parlophone was an instant hit, helped along by the TV coverage obviously, but its grace and Aplin’s wonderful performance can’t really be denied and it was a top five hit in the charts.

But don’t expect that to be the end of Aplin, as big things are planned.

For a start, there’s another single that will be out next month – Please Don’t Say You Love Me will be available on February 11 and it’s written by Gabrielle herself, displaying her songwriting ability as well as her capability as a performer.

And then fans have the chance to see her live as a UK tour kicks off in March and, although it’s not her first headline tour, there is bound to be more interest in this than the others.

A teenage sensation in every sense of the word, there is spirit in Aplin’s voice.

This is a woman who, at just 14 years of age, wrote her first song, Ghost.

Three years later, she made it the title track of her first EP – and at the same age, she set up her own label, Never Fade Records.

Soon she had landed herself a booking agent and was plotting her own tours round the UK.

By 18 she had released two further EPs and was running a profit-making DIY artist’s enterprise – with plans already afoot to plough those profits back into other similarly inclined musicians she’d encountered along the way.

At 19, Aplin decided she’d learnt what she needed to learn under her own steam and was ready to take things to the next level.

From all the competing offers from established labels, she accepted the one from Parlophone.

And now we await to see what gems will line her career.

It’s a big responsibility and there are a lot of expectations, but this is a confident and able singer-songerwriter from whom there’ll be a lot more.

Inspiral Carpets in 2013

Following a series of live festival dates and a slot supporting The Happy Mondays on their revival tour in May, the Inspiral Carpets are marking one of their finest moments in a new tour this year.

When Life was released in 1990 it became an instant hit and was created at a time when the band spent many of their Fridays in either Manchester or Sheffield supporting The Stone Roses in intimate gigs.

Some of the songs on Life have not been performed live since 1988, but early in 2013 the full album will be performed in running order along with all their greatest hits in a UK tour.

By Peter Naldrett

Twitter: @peternaldrett

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