UK Artist of the Week: Tina Boonstra

This week’s artist of the week is indie-pop newcomer Tina Boonstra. As a songwriter in a missionary family, Tina expected her songs to find their home in the church halls she grew up in, but it wasn’t until she began performing on the London open mic circuit that she cut her teeth as a performer and honed her craft into a treasure trove of songs with depth and emotional intensity.

Tina’s latest cut “Martha” is a song about sisterhood and reflects upon female relationships and how life rarely seems to go the way you expect. Tina’s distinctively warm vocal style compliments the soft, heartwarming musicality effortlessly, creating a sound akin to the likes of Regina Spektor and Of Monsters and Men.

Talking about her single Tina elaborates, “When you meet someone for the first time, you almost never start at the beginning. You start somewhere in the middle and travel simultaneously forwards and backwards together as you begin to build a picture of who they are, where they’ve been and where they’re going. Martha isn’t who I expected her to be. Her story is simple and complicated in the same breath and my guess is, so is yours.”

“Martha” is the first single from Tina’s debut album, which is being supported by PRS and Festival Republic’s “Re:Balance” program.

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