Roxanne de Bastion was born in Berlin and grew up both in England and Germany until, in 2007, she set out on her own — leaving Berlin for London, equipped only with her guitar and a one-way ticket. She spends most of her life on trains and buses, touring through the UK, Europe, and the United States. Her dedication has paid off: This past summer, she earned a coveted spot on the acoustic stage at the Glastonbury Festival, putting her alongside such luminaries as Cyndi Lauper and Patty Griffin.
One reviewer has described Roxanne as a combination of Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell. Although her songs are rooted in the music of the 1960s, her tone of voice is very much of the present. She has been an active advocate for independent musicians and for women’s power and representation in the music industry, an issue she brought to public attention in her much-discussed essay “Female Is Not a Genre.”
“One of the most perfect voices I have ever heard.”
—Tom Whalley, BBC Radio
“I was completely bowled over by Roxanne. As well as performing, she converses with the audience, charming everyone in the room. If you ever get the chance to go and see her live, definitely do!”
—Gareth Lloyd, BBC Introducing