March 12, 2019


Bryony Jarman-Pinto came to the attention of Tru Thoughts via her guest vocals for Werkha; now signed to the label as a solo artist, the future promises to be nothing short of mesmerising for this expressive and adventurous singer and songwriter.

Born in London, Jarman-Pinto moved to the North West of England at the age of 8; there, she met Tom Leah (aka Werkha)  marking the beginning of the enduring friendship that would lead to their eventual musical collaborations.

Another influence has undoubtedly been the Mercury-nominated producer and Gondwana Records owner Matthew Halsall, with whom Jarman-Pinto has recently been busy in the studio (and on tour), working on a much-anticipated collaboration.

The aforementioned track pricked up the ears of tastemakers including Gilles Peterson, who scooped it up for a release on one of his Brownswood Bubblers compilations, followed by its inclusion on both Werkha’s “Beacons” EP and subsequent ‘Colours Of A Red Brick Raft’ album on Tru Thoughts. It is testament to Jarman-Pinto’s natural writing and vocal gift that this song, conjured up in a late-night jam session, continues to grow in demand and has gone on to become a bona fide sing-along track for Werkha’s live band, in which she features as lead vocalist.

As well as Gilles Peterson, Jarman-Pinto’s vocals have charmed many other major tastemakers, with “Dusk” - another co-written Werkha single to which she brought her uniquely shimmering and evocative vocals – gaining notably heavy daytime airplay from BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne.

Exploring a crossover of genres as she develops her style as an artist, Bryony Jarman-Pinto finds herself increasingly working with the jazz and world influences of her youth, for a sound that is truly her own. Watch this space for the spoils of these sonic experiments, which will be revealed in 2016.