RED Hearts: Laura Marling

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage Girls in America Write On What Fires Up Their Lives Today. Today's RED Hearts post is from Zulay Regalado, 21, reporting from Miami, Florida, who writes about her newest music obsession:

As a true music advocate, I am constantly searching for fresh, soulful voices to listen to while reading, stuck in traffic or simply taking a walk around my college campus. So when I discovered singer/songwriter Laura Marling while browsing online one night, I was instantly won over by her quaint demeanor and quirky lyrical persona that set her far beyond her youth (the girl turned 20 last month!).

Marling’s timeless voice is the ideal rainy-day listen. Having stepped into the UK indie folk scene at age 17, she released her first album, Alas I Cannot Swim, in 2008. It’s a mix of acoustic guitar, chirping birds and an evening-under-the-stars vibe, creating the perfect playlist companion on stress-filled school nights. The upbeat first single, "Ghosts" still shows her rawness as an artist -- in the best way. Her musical tempo is as eclectic as they come, ranging from mellow tunes like "Shine" and "Your Only Doll (Dora)"  to the more powerful beats of "Old Stone" and "My Manic and I."

Check it out for yourself in this live performance (below) in San Francisco (on her birthday) of the latest single, "Devil’s Spoke," from I Speak Because I Can, that was released in the UK this week. It’s one more illustration of Marling’s uncensored approach to life and her transition from shy, quiet teenager to strong and outspoken young adult. As her elder, I approve.

RED Hearts guest poster Zulay Regalado is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which is now available in paperback.