Caitlyn Scarlett returns with the new single ‘Forgive Yourself’, released on Point Blank Recordings, where she teams up with Her Ensemble, the UK’s first Orchestra for musicians of marginalised genders.
‘Forgive Yourself’ was written by Point Blank student Caitlyn Scarlett and Mercury Prize-winning producer Jonathan Quarmby. The song was recorded at MIloco Studios in London with the full 14 piece Her Ensemble orchestra and released today via Point Blank’s in-house record label, Point Blank Recordings. Stream the song below or from the platform of your choice here.
Speaking about the new song, Caitlyn said: “Forgive Yourself is about accepting the past and choosing to grow from negative experiences in love, it’s about moving through the seasons of life with grace and observing change as a good thing. I was honoured to collaborate with Her Ensemble Orchestra on the making of this track, their arrangement brought a tear to my eye when I first heard it.”
Caitlyn is one of London’s most respected and highly-decorated, independent singer-songwriters. Drawing influence from the likes of Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks, the songstress harbour’s a gorgeous, alternative-indie sonic that you could file next to the likes of Caroline Polachek and Joni Mitchell. Her writing skills have landed an array of impressive achievements, including her 70 million streams on Spotify, a publishing deal with BMG, a place at Roc Nation’s writing camp, a sync on popular reality show Love Island, a theme song on the BBC Drama Clique and a feature on Rudimental’s 2019 EP Distinction.
Her Ensemble is a string orchestra aiming to make a positive impact on the gender gap in the industry, whilst creating space for musicians of marginalised genders – the first of its kind in the UK. Deriving from the European Union Youth Orchestra, the group brings together some of the UK’s most in-demand musicians in the UK. Her Ensemble musicians are passionate about creating meaningful change within the music industry, highlighting the ways in which outdated expectations, traditions and a lack of awareness restrict visibility and creative development. For performances, Her Ensemble musicians enjoy a relaxed dress code, often playing around with colourful trouser suits, and replacing gendered concert dress. Addressing the dearth of women who have been overlooked in global concert programming, Her Ensemble seek to engage with new and emerging composers, giving a platform to both contemporary and historic voices.
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