After a long delay, British singer Ren Harvieu has finally released her debut single Through The Night.
Last summer the songstress was on the cusp of stardom, with an appearance also slated at Glastonbury, when she sustained a broken back during a freak accident in a London park. She endured two months in hospital with the prospect of never walking again. Defying the odds and her doctors’ expectations, Ren left on crutches.
With a recent spot on the prestigious BBC Sound of 2012 list, the same industry poll which Adele and Florence + the Machine appeared in the early days of their careers, and a slew of positive reviews, Ren’s future once again looks bright.
Can you tell us a little about your forthcoming album?
It’s called Through The Night. I worked very hard on it and I think it’s the perfect snapshot of my young life so far. I’ve only lived 21 years but, so far, it’s been pretty eventful.
How are you doing since your accident?
My accident is still very raw to me and I’m still recovering. I can’t possibly put into words how much I’ve been affected by it, but my strength of character has surprised me. If I can get through that, singing’s easy.
Shortly before your accident you visited America. What was your impression of New York?
I’d never been to the U.S before but I immediately fell in love. What a place! I plan to go to New York at least once a year till I die. Amazing.
What are you hoping for this year?
To have some fun!
Finally, a style question, how would you describe your look?
My on-stage and off-stage look isn’t that different. I like lots of black, bold looks, twinkly eyes and hints of femininity. I was never one to let it all hang out.