Born to Sudanese and Scottish parents, Eliza Shaddad is a descendent of a long line of artists and poets dating back to the 1800’s. She has released two EPs on independent label Beatnik Creative, both of which have received critical acclaim from the likes of The Sunday Times, Scotland on Sunday, i-D Magazine, and FADER, as well as airplay across stations such as BBC Radio 1, 2, 6Music, BBC Radio Scotland, and XFM. EP ‘Run’ (2016) was produced by Mercury Music Prize nominated Chris Bond, mixed by Grammy nominated Catherine J Marks (Wolf Alice/Foals), and mastered by John Davis (Blur/FKA Twigs/Royal Blood). Described as “A stunning piece of work” by ShortList and championed by tastemakers such as Zane Lowe (Beats 1) and Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1) it also received overwhelming grassroots blog support, culminating in repeat stretches as the ‘Most Blogged Artist’ in the world on Hype Machine.
Since the release of ‘Waters’ (2014) Shaddad and her band have seen their reputation for powerful live shows grow. Rooted in an energetic emotion and an overdriven sound Shaddad's voice thrives, and live something candid and raw is turned loose upon audiences. Live highlights have included sold out London headline shows, a recent 20 date UK and European tour, festivals including Wilderness, Boardmasters and the BBC at the Edinburgh Fringe, a support tour for Dead Oceans US-based band Strand of Oaks, and dates with the likes of Soléy, Rhodes, James Bay, Dustin Tebbut, Andreya Triana, Sarah Jarosz, Kate Tempest, and Michael Chapman.
With Grammy-award winners Clean Bandit, Eliza has written for and featured on their top 10 debut album 'New Eyes', supported Rudimental, SBTRKT and Mercury-prize winners Alt-J, and performed live on BBC Radio 1 with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
With fellow musician Samantha Lindo, Shaddad also runs the London-based female arts collective ‘Girls Girls Girls’. The collective works to empower women within the arts through special cross-disciplinary events across the UK, and to raise awareness and funding for the anti-Female Genital Cutting charity ‘Orchid Project’.
Kind words for ‘Waters' and ‘Run’:
“Haunting" - The Sunday Times
“Passionate and captivating” - Scotland on Sunday
“Recalls Nina Simone in its quiet, simmering ferocity” - Clash Magazine
"Fast becoming one of the most talked about acts on the live music scene" - Evening Post
“Impeccable vocals…emotionally packed…powerful and energetic…raw and candid” – Wonderland
“An artist who continually seeks to move forward, Eliza Shaddad has blossomed” Clash Magazine
“Blistering” – Line of Best Fit
“Ethereal & emotional” – Indie Shuffle
“Absolutely brilliant” – John Kennedy (Radio X) Xposure Hot One
“Really special” – Huw Stephens – ‘BBC Introducing Tip’ (BBC R1)
“Killer track…Love it!” Jason Kramer (KCRW)
“Haunting” – The Sunday Times
“We’re big fans” – i-D Magazine
“Breathtaking” – The 405
“Definitely future material” Zane Lowe (Beats 1)