With two previous critically acclaimed albums on her discography (), Birch has earned herself a dedicated fan base across the globe, together with respect from a wide range of musicians from Prince, Mark Ronson, Daryl Hall, Dave Stewart, Questlove, Elvis Costello and Stevie Wonder.
At LAX wearing 4 coats, suede pants under a suede skirt, giant cableknit sweater as scarf, carrying 4 insanely heavy carry ons.
Frequent echoes of gospel contribute both to the album’s emotional impact and to the recurrent theme of Birch’s upbringing.
“I grew up in church and was exposed to classical music, opera, church hymns.
It’s more reminiscent of Carole King than Thom Yorke or Robert Smith.
“I was obsessed with Radiohead by then,” she laughs, playfully rolling her eyes skywards in mockery of that fleeting fixation.
“I basically wanted to be a female version of them. I was just trying out styles and I’d almost written that one as a joke.
It’s not often that I hear a record and immediately want to play it to people, knowing that their spirits will be lifted.
But that’s what happened with Bible Belt, the debut album by Diane Birch, a 27-year-old singer-songwriter, whose soulful way with a tune and beautifully clear voice mark her out as a star in the making.