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Lady Sanity
 
Ashley Allen
 

Find us on Facebook and YouTube to watch Lady Sanity perform a never-before-seen set, accompanied by Ashley Allen and filmed at the world-renowned Symphony Hall, when it's broadcast on Friday 16 October at 7PM. 

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Birmingham born & bred , Sanity was constantly exposed to various 90s reggae, hip-hop & garage music through family members which later encouraged her seeking her own musical preferences. In her teenage years she found herself exploring rock & blues as a means of teaching herself guitar progressions, which stemmed into an interest in song writing, lyricism and music technology. Drawing influence from talents such as Lauryn Hill, A Tribe Called Quest & Ms Dynamite the artist began taking her craft seriously.

Her first public recognition was in 2014 where the local BBC introducing team invited her to record a live session after hearing her jazz infused hip-hop track ‘Dust’. Fuelled with enthusiasm, Sanity geared up to release her first mixtape ‘Construction’ whilst in her 2nd Year of studying Music Technology. The mixtape gained major recognition from BBC introducing WM, Radio 6, Radio 1 & 1xtra as 2 songs ‘Dust’ & ‘Blue Prints’ were play-listed as introducing tracks of the week.

Keen to further develop her sound, Sanity followed her debut with projects ‘Summer In September’ and ‘The Graduate’ to solidify her hard hitting flow with Grime, 90s Hip Hop & Jazz influences. With a growing catalogue of music, she took to open mic nights & University jam sessions to establish her confidence & stage presence. In 2016, this gained her a Glastonbury Emerging Artist placement followed by 3 bookings at the festival. Following her first major festival she continued on to perform at BoomBap Festival, The Great Escape & Shardfest; and has also supported Hip-Hop heavyweights KRS-one & Lowkey.

Building her credibility as an artist, Sanity picked up her first award as GRM Daily’s selected 2017 Get Rated winner; followed by receiving ‘Best Solo Female 2018’ at Birmingham’s 1st Music Award ceremony. Most recently, the rapper has released PRSF ‘Women Make Music scheme’ funded project ‘For Figures’, a 5 track EP centred on Sanity’s path of self-discovery in her musical journey thus far. Going from strength to strength, April 2018 saw the artist travel to the Gold Coast, Australia, for the Commonwealth Games 2018 closing ceremony; representing her hometown in front of an estimated 1 billion as her live performance was broadcasted across the world.