FRESH: ‘Calling Out’ – BOBBi feat. Hannie

BOBBi debuts with Hannie for “Calling Out”, to be featured on Hollyoaks TV special!

London-based emerging pop artist BOBBi has released her first single “Calling Out” featuring Swedish artist Hannie (“Disposable”, “Irresistible”) today, through W Songs with Warner Music via ADA. The intimate ballad gracefully touches on some tough subject matter brought to light in a week-long UK soap opera Hollyoaks special. Bobbi is one of the most interesting up and coming singer-songwriters on the London scene right now. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and previously going under her given name Kaylee Johnston, she has opened for Dragonette and Ace Of Base, and shared the stage with Carly Rae Jepsen, OneRepublic, and Joe Jonas. The success of her single “Are You The One”, with over 250,000 streams on Spotify, opened the door for her to move to London.

When collaborators BOBBi and Hannie, and co- writers KALM and Molly Rainford were asked to write a bespoke song for Hollyoaks, they were immediately connected to the story line. Tossing back and forth stories about heartbreak, betrayal, discrimination, and triumph, the lyrics emerged. Hannie’s beautiful piano arrangement lent itself to the melodies that would soon become BOBBi’s first single, and KALM’s production brought it to life. Hollyoaks are collaborating with Love Music Hate Racism, a charity that believes, cultures can and do mix. Without giving too much away, the central theme of the Hollyoaks episode is racism, and how one of the characters takes a stand to conquer it. With all that is happening in the world, BOBBi and Hannie feel proud to be standing behind such a powerful message.

Now working on her EP with James Yuill and Charlie McClean, and song cuts coming out with artists like Red Velvet, Hannie, and Michael Rice, BOBBi is well on her way, and beyond excite to share “Calling Out” with the world.

“Calling Out” premiers on Hollyoaks TONIGHT (September 17th) and is also featured tomorrow (18th) at 6:30pm GMT on UK Channel 4.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!