12:47PM, Tuesday 03 December 2013
Maidenhead girl Chloe Howl has been longlisted for the BBC's Sound of 2014.
The 18-year-old pop-singer has made the 15-strong list which names the brightest acts of the year ahead.
Last year's winners, Californian rock band Haim, went on to score a number one album in November.
Previous winners have included Adele, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J.
The list is chosen by a variety of music journalists, critics, DJs and music industry bosses.
Chloe's electro-tinged music has drawn comparisons with Lily Allen, though she sees the lyrics of Amy Winehouse as more of an influence.
She said: "I used to go into writing sessions looking at her lyrics beforehand, she she's definitely influenced me lyrically. Me And Mr Jones, that one especially.
“When I realised there was a type of attitude I wanted to get across in a song I used to listen to that song.”
The trademark brash wit in her song Rumour, released as part of an EP earlier this year, has been praised by The Guardian, Pitchfork and NME.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw will announce the Sound of 2014 winner on Monday, January 6.
Chloe's new single, Paper Hearts, will be released on Sunday, December 8.
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