Neon’s got a nice buzz going on right now thanks to a series of covers she put out late last year that put her on Hype Machine’s most popular charts for weeks. She’s a great story. As a kid, Neon grew up on a bus, travelling the world as a trapeze artist and street performer. BBC even did a documentary on her life. At age 10, Neon began writing poetry, which led to her writing lyrics. Over the next several years, Neon found herself traveling with friends all over Europe, and living in squats in London while trying to pursue a singing career. In 2007, she signed to The Streets’ Mike Skinner’s indie label The Beats Recordings (a subsidiary of Atlantic’s 679 Recordings) and went on tour with Skinner. She performed her first major show opening for rapper 50 Cent at England’s Nottingham Arena before the label shut down in 2007. Since then, she’s worked with artists ranging from Mark Ronson to Miike Snow (appearing on Blanco’s remix of “Burial”) and Deadmau5 (she sings on “I Can’t Behave Myself” on the new album 4×4=12). She also co-wrote the iTunes No. 1 single “Blah Blah Blah” on Ke$ha’s No. 1 album Animal.
Neon Hitch’s debut album, Beg, Borrow, and Steal will be out on Reprise Records later this year. The album is shaping up to be a collection of striking songs that deploy Neon’s soulful, jazz-inflected vocals atop an organic backdrop of eclectic pop melodies and hip-hop tinged beats.
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