22-year-old Doolittle has been writing songs since she was 12 and signed a publishing deal at 16. She co-wrote each of her debut album’s 13 tracks, collaborating with a host of top-notch songwriters and producers, including Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, SIA), Steve Chrisanthou (Corinne Bailey Rae), the late Jonny $ (Kylie, Massive Attack), and Craigie Dodds (Amy Winehouse). The result is a witty pop collection that mines sounds from the ’60s and ’70s while still sounding indisputably fresh. The one-two punch of “Rollerblades” and her U.K. debut “Skinny Genes” recall lost songs from the Motown era by the Marvelettes and The Supremes.
Although Doolittle is a diehard fan of classic pop, and cites the Beach Boys, The Kinks, and Stevie Wonder as influences, she doesn’t see herself fitting in to a cut-and-dried pop mold. “I’d like to be a pop musician in the proper old school vein of pop when there weren’t any different genres like there are now; it was all just pop music,” she says. Her music bears hallmarks of folk, ska, vintage R&B/soul, and even Big Band sounds, conjuring up a feel-good vibe with plenty of pop smarts.
Released in the U.K. in July 2010, Doolittle’s debut album debuted at No. 3 and was certified gold in just 4 weeks in her home country, while the #1 radio airplay smash single “Pack Up” climbed to No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart and is still Top 20 after 13 weeks since its release, sitting comfortably at No.15.
Doolittle is currently touring the UK on her very first headline tour throughout October before her Paloma Faith support run of dates in early November around the UK.