RISE (aka Jo Beth Young) is an English songwriter whose relentlessly authentic songs and mesmeric voice cut deep into the fabric of human frailty with a visionary sound swaying hypnotically between dream folk and progressive grit; at times dark but always beautiful.
Since the release of her debut album ‘An Abandoned Orchid House’ in 2018 (under the longer moniker of Talitha RISE) she has been gathering international acclaim and support from BBC 6, BBC Introducing Devon, and the legendary ECHOES Radio in the USA who made her the number 1 album of the year.
Establishing her unique sound early on in Ireland cutting her teeth on the folk circuit, she returned to the UK and met her long term collaborator Martyn Barker (Shriekback, Goldfrapp, Robert Plant) and caught the attention of Chris Difford (Squeeze) who sang on her debut EP Blue.
As a live artist, RISE has started to reach new heights. Opening for acts such as Renaissance, Boo Hewardine, Julia Biel, Antonio Forcione and Shriekback, and she has held the spellbound attention of audiences at The Maltings, St. Pancras London, and sold out her 2017 and 2018 headline shows in Sussex and Devon.
With beautifully crafted songs, enrapturing emotional performances and cinematic sounds, Rise has reaped incredible support from acclaimed artists including Juldeh Camara (Robert Plant), Henry Thomas (George Michael, Van Morrison), Peter Yates (Fields of the Nephillim), Mike Rowe (Sheryl Crow, Noel Gallagher), Arnulf Linder (K.T Tunstall).
With comparisons to Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks, Mazzy Star, Tori Amos threading through Pink Floyd-esque sounds, it is still hard to pin down Rise’s sounds and influences. There are hints of her classical singing beginnings, her Celtic studies, and love of early prog, Tim Buckley and Nick Drake, but ultimately, a rarity in these times, she sounds distinctively like herself.
Jo-Beth decided on the change of name to RISE from Talitha Rise to mark the next phase of her career as a solo artist and is currently in production of her second album ‘Strangers’ due for release in late 2019 on the Thoroughbred Music label with upcoming tour dates in the UK and Ireland.
SOURCE: Official Bio
“The most perfect recording I’ve heard this year, maybe in a couple of years”
– John Diliberto ECHOES, USA
CHOSEN AS ECHOES BEST ALBUM OF 2018
‘Full of grace and beauty”
– PROG Magazine
“More hauntingly beautiful than Kate Bush on a good day”
– BBC INTRO DEVON
“A delicate atmospheric triumph”
– Vacant Ceremony
“A voice that can only be described as like a Tolkein Elf, It is rich in harmonics, ethereal and just plain gorgeous!”
– Fatea Magazine
“Rise’s vocals propel this album into your conscious and unconscious mind.
It is the songs of our childhood and our dream worlds’ woven together.”
– No Depression, USA
“I’m not sure I would trust anyone who wasn’t affected by this album
in one way or another.. a stunning debut”
– Listen With Monger
“Full of personal loss, searching and eventual recognition, survival and even revelation. there is much more than a suggestion that the owner can stand in even the deepest of pits of emotion and sing her way out. This is an album that rewards listening and rewards well.”
– Folk Radio UK
“A sublime and refined voice that has a haunting aura and reminds me of an early Kate Bush or Tori Amos .. it is her most potent weapon. You need this new *RISE album in your lives, just trust me, you do!! “
“Brilliantly atmospheric vocals.. elegant rhythms .. a winning confluence of globe-spanning folk music.” ****
– Record Collector Magazine
A “beautiful slow build epic”
– Tom Robinson BBC 6 `MUSIC