Rising British singer/songwriter Faye Fantarrow shared a new single called “AWOL,” which combines her soulful, vintage style with folk and R&B influences.
Released on Dave Stewart’s Bay Street Records label, it’s the title track from Fantarrow’s EP coming Feb. 10. Both releases were moved as Fantarrow battles a rare brain tumor, which was diagnosed when she began recording her EP. She is receiving treatment in the U.S. for the tumor. As a child, Fantarrow beat leukemia twice.
“Life very rarely goes to plan but the plan was always to write, sing, and perform and I’ve been lucky to be able to do that,” Fantarrow said. “‘AWOL’ is the title track from my forthcoming EP which I am so proud of and the fantastic opportunity I was given to work and record with Dave Stewart will be forever special to me.”
The singer-songwriter was discovered when she was just 20 by the Eurythmics musician and producer who signed the budding talent to his Bay Street Records label in 2021. Earlier that same year, she won Alan Hull’s annual Songwriting Award. Previously, Fantarrow released singles in 2019, 2021 and 2022.
“Faye Fantarrow is a rare jewel from the North East,” Stewart said. “She’s from Sunderland, a city with a big heart, and there’s no bigger heart than Faye’s. As a songwriter and performer, she tells stories to make you explode with joy or weep along with her at the trichotomy of the human spirit. Faye is one of a kind and I love her dearly as a sister, a daughter, and a great music partner. We had an unbelievable time together while recording this EP. Both in search of musical freedoms, two souls laughing constantly at the joy of creativity. I love Faye Fantarrow.”
See the lyric video for “AWOL” below.