Last year, the BRITs Rising Star, NME Award winner and Ivor Novello nominee, Holly Humberstone, started catching feelings for a friend and didn’t know how to navigate the risk of losing them if she blurred the lines between friendship and romance. Sleep Tight, Holly‘s blistering new single out today via Universal Music Australia, was born out of these emotions during a session with long-time collaborator Rob Milton and The 1975’s Matty Healy.
Sleep Tight is the Grantham born singer and songwriter’s second collaboration with Matty, following Please Don’t Leave Just Yet, taken from her critically acclaimed second EP ‘The Walls Are Way Too Thin’.
Of the song, Holly shares: “It’s awkward trying to navigate catching feelings for a friend, as they are often feelings we might have been suppressing for some time. When they float to the surface, you have to weigh up the risks of getting hurt and potentially losing them in your life. I wrote ‘Sleep Tight’ about the uncertainty of friendships evolving into something more. The first summer out of lockdown was pretty crazy for my friends and I because we finally had our freedom back and acted like we had nothing to lose. This song takes me back to that time of what felt like no consequences and impending heartbreak”
Holly performed Sleep Tight for the first time live at Coachella last weekend, and the rising star now joins Grammy Award winning artist Olivia Rodrigo on her USA tour, having just played two breath-taking nights at Radio City in New York. Winning the prestigious BRITs Rising Star earlier this year, Holly gave a captivating performance of the heartbreak ballad London Is Lonely live at the awards show, following in the footsteps of global superstars including Adele, Florence + The Machine, Sam Fender and Griff, Holly’s Rising Star win marks the start of a colossal year for the 22-year-old.
Having just been nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically at this year’s Ivor Novello’s for Haunted House, alongside Adele, Ed Sheeran and Dave, Holly is a songwriter and artist whose lyrics and melodies transform painful human experience into collective joy. The artist to watch this festival season, Holly will be make her debut Australian appearance at Splendour In The Grass, ahead of her SOLD OUT headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne this July.
Sleep Tight is out now via Universal Music Australia
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