A Welsh speaker with Bajan heritage, 19 year old Kizzy Crawford's solo career began just two years ago. In that time, Kizzy has developed an increasing sophistication to her songwriting and performance, which is complimented by her soaring voice that boasts both range and charisma.
Her ambition as a black Welsh artist is to make her mark by fusing bilingual soul-folk jazz and she's already getting recognition for her work with airplay on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru as well as live TV performances on S4C, Children in Need for BBC 1 and the 6 Nations advert campaign. Kizzy won the 'Brwydr Y Bandiau' at the National Eisteddfod 2013. She also won a Welsh Singer-Songwriter competition receiving money to record her first EP 'Temporary Zone' with Amy Wadge (signed to BDI Music and Ed Sheeran/Lewis Watson co-writer).
In 2014, Kizzy singed to publishing company BDi / Bucks Music and Kizzy was later selected as a BBC Horizons12 Artist which included the opportunity to perform a live session at BBC Maida Vale. Kizzy was also a featured artist with Gwilym Simcock for a BBC Radio 4 music programme and she was invited to perform on The Verbs ‘Young Talent’ programme for BBC Radio 3. Kizzy has played many gigs including shows at the National Assembly for Wales during WOMEX, Glastonbury, London Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz, Hay Festival, Festival No 6, Dinefwr Festival, the Plaid Cymru Conference, Blissfields, Wakestock, Abergavenny Food Festival (where she performed her single Golden Brown live on BBC Radio 4) and the Prince Edward Island Festival, Canada. Kizzy has played as support artist for Gruff Rhys, Newton Faulkner, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and has performed alongside Cerys Matthews at the House of Commons, Westminster.
Kizzy’s tracks ‘Caer O Feddyliau’ featured on an ident for S4C and her track 'Shout Out'and Welsh language version 'Yr Alwad' featured in the 2015 VISIT WALES TV & online ad campaign. Kizzy is currently working on new music and the collaborative project BIRDSONG | CAN YR ADAR with Gwilym Simcock in partnership with Sinfonia Cymru and RSPB Cymru which will be on tour in November 2016.
The Starling is associated with The Welsh myth - Branwen, the Welsh Princess, who was mistreated by her Irish husband. She trained a Starling to take a message to her brother Bran in Wales to rescue her.
'Caer o Feddyliau' is a song about giving women an anthem and a voice to express all that we are and to celebrate ourselves as strong welsh women. To break free from the chains of centuries of patriarchy and misogyny.
A song about the depth of an old Welsh love story - Siwan (Princess Joan of Wales) and her relationship with the Welsh Prince, Llywelyn Lord of Snowdon.