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Florence Sommerville

19-year-old Florence Sommerville is a singer-songwriter from Orsett, a small Essex village, who thrives on modern country music.

She’s been playing guitar since she was around eight years old, writing songs since she was 12, and has performed at open mics for the past seven years. When she was 14, she reached the final of the Open Mic UK competition held at the O2 Indigo Arena in London. She’s also played at several major festivals including Latitude, Moseley Folk and Arts Festival, Manchester Food and Drink Festival and many listening venues around southern England.

November 2023 saw her opening for Nashville star Hannah Bethel at the Slaughtered Lamb, London. In October 2023 she released her self-penned debut single, the aptly-titled On My Way, to widespread radio play across the width and breadth of the UK and further afield. To a simple, but effective acoustic-based arrangement, Florence’s rich, emotional voice takes the listener on a journey of self-discovery as she explores the anxieties and doubts of a young person as they make their way through life.

There is an unquestionable realness about the way Florence makes sense of life through her music. She exhibits a surety of mind beyond her years, to create music that connects and inspires, and that will inflame a growing fire. There’s a raw rootsy quality to Florence’s music that belies her youthfulness. An assured performer, she takes total command of any stage from the outset and allows her crystalline vocals to shine on her well-crafted original songs.

A huge lover of country music, Florence has recently returned from a highly successful trip to Nashville, where she got to co-write with acclaimed hit songwriters Gary Burr, Jan Buckingham, Sally Barris and others and also performed at Songwriter Rounds at the Commodore Grill and the Cambria Hotel.

She is set to appear at the Maverick Festival, Woodbridge, Suffolk in early July and is currently recording new songs for release later this summer.

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