Ginger Coyle, Southampton
People have always loved Ginger Coyle's music. She's gotten radio airplay effortlessly, since her first original demo at age 14. She's been signed to two major labels, won national talent competitions and dominated industry showcases. A music biz veteran still in her mid-20s, she is at long last making the kind of music she wants to make. Conscious lyrics brimming with radio-friendly hooks and universal themes, Homeward Bound is her first collection of original songs. Ginger Coyle sings beautifully, and maybe that's the problem. She belongs to a lineage that stretches from Carole King through Fiona Apple, vocalists who borrow confidently from a soul music vocabulary while working mainstream pop territory. And Ginger is a gorgeous, post-millennial mashup of styles, combining the glamor of a 1940s movie star with a dash of vintage eclecticism and a passel of tattoos. She has all the raw material for a factory cranking out pop-music confections — except that she simply doesn't want to be that vessel.