Words: ROBIN MUMFORD
A new light and a new direction has seen Chrissie Huntley take on the genre of pop, which entails sombre synths and uplifting riffs. While she is more equipped to tackle slow-jam R&B hits, Huntley has shown she has a broad-spectrum of sounds in her artillery with her latest single.
You can hardly liken ‘Groundhog Day’ to any of her previous releases, but one thing remains consistent, and that is her soaring vocals that have had such an impact on her audience to date.
Prior to the pandemic, Chrissie had been making huge waves on the music scene; having headlined the O2 Academy Bristol; performing twice on BBC 1’s Regional News Show; performing at the UK House of Commons in aid of National Grief Awareness Week; and being handpicked by Glastonbury Festival founder, Michael Eavis, to play the event in 2019. However, as with musicians around the globe, this moment came to an unavoidable halt.
Therefore, Huntley decided to use her time wisely, collaborating with musicians across the world and transforming her closet into a home studio. She planned her return with measure, equipping herself with a brand-new body of work to relaunch her live shows with. Her most recent performance saw her completely sell out popular Bristol music venue The Grain Barge in August 2021, with her brand-new collection of songs debuted in front of a live audience for the very first time.
‘Groundhog Day’ comes as the Brit School graduate’s third and final single release of 2021. First written during the third national UK lockdown, the track juxtaposes the frustration and mundanity of self-isolation with a bright and bouncy sonic optimism.
After a successful year of single releases & ending 2021 with a bang; it’s safe to say the Surrey-born singer is headed for stardom in 2022 and beyond. For now though, Chrissie extends an open invitation to join her in her musical mission: “to make the world just a little peachier”.