Her voice is that of an angel

Bill Adamson(With just a hint of Mayhem)

Flo Perlin is a contemporary folk singer-songwriter from London, UK, with Iraqi and Belarusian heritage. She grew up surrounded by a diverse range of music, learning to play cello at the age of five. The guitar put a spell on her when her teacher from Columbia introduced her to the world of Bossa Nova, which influenced her own unique finger picking style. Flo taught herself piano and started singing as a way to begin writing songs from the age of ten.

Over the years Flo has been presenting within her music how contemporary folk and story-telling is evolving and has incorporated her diverse love of music into her new album ‘Characters’, which was recorded at MAP studios in Kentish Town with a group of amazing session musicians. It will be released later in 2021.

flo as baby

Flo released her debut album, ’Cocooned’ in 2017, recorded in her living room in London and an EP ’Stories’ 2019, recorded at The Premises Studio, London. Her single ‘Life Lives Inside’ was released 2021 and recorded at her home in London and her second album ‘Characters’ was released July 2021, recorded at MAP Studio in London with an incredible group of session musicians. 

Flo become closely connected with The Nest Collective since winning a songwriting mentorship with them in 2019 and supported artists such as Sam Lee, Peggy Seeger and Rachel Newton. Now based in London, she has been aired/interviewed on BBC Radio London with Robert Elms, 6Music, BBC Scotland, BBC Bristol, BBC Wales, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle, BBC Radio Shropshire, Folk Radio UK and a number of times on Tom Robinsons’ BBC Introducing. Flo’s music has received impressive reviews from magazines and blogs such as Americana UK, Fresh On The Net, Folk Radio UK, Fatea showcase session, CSGM blog, Higher Plain Music, The Sound Sniffer and played on prestigious Spotify playlists including Mahogany, Fresh Finds UK & Ireland, New Music Friday UK, Jazz UK and Lost In The Woods.

She has always been open to musical influences in her career, touching on artists such as Zero 7, Avishai Cohen, Laura Marling, Suzanne Vega and Erykah Badu, she has dedicated her creativity to music that is meaningful to her. Music was always playing in her house as her dad was a collector of music from around the world. Flo’s first ever memory is of being cradled by her dad whilst ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ by Stevie Wonder was playing. In Flo’s adolescence, a family member was severely ill and Flo was introduced to numerous therapies, including family therapy, CBT, art therapy, all of which evoked her current interest into psychoanalysis. Her unusually early introduction exploring her childhood, thoughts and feelings, gives her music a unique sense of rawness and authenticity which many people can relate with.

As a child, Flo was a part of various orchestras, including the Royal Academy of Music and various youth orchestras and chamber groups. She toured around Finland and Jamaica when she was 14, with the Haringey Youth Orchestra. Classical music has been a huge influence and was a foundation for her contemporary music writing.

At 18, Flo studied a Music B-TEC in London and then moved to Liverpool to study Popular Music at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. After a year of training, Flo was given the opportunity to tour around Spain with latin-pop artist ‘Victor Coyote’. Flo continued to travel for another two years, busking around the Middle East, USA, Europe and Asia (where she was ordained as a buddhist nun in Myanmar). She settled in Leeds in 2015 and toured with a full band around the UK, supporting well known artists such as Tom Speight, Sarah Darling and Paul Draper (Mansun) on their sold out tours.

Life unexpectedly changed when Flo was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at the end of 2015 and spent a few years in and out of hospital, over the course of this time she wrote her EP ‘Stories’. This was a challenging period, emotionally and professionally. Since recovery, Flo’s music has kicked off, growing a larger audience of loyal listeners.