Seventeen year old Natasha Haws only began writing her own songs in April last year. An astonishing fact, considering the maturity of her captivating music. Discovered at a small busker’s night in Cleadon, where she began performing as a cover artist, the 17 year old creates a warm, honest, older than her years, beauty.

Of course, the honest, older than her years maturity and wisdom in heartache of Natasha's song writing in recent, and debut, single Stepping Stone will no doubt draw obvious comparisons with fellow young folker Laura Marling, but it's her unique, ethereal vocals that really stand out and makes Natasha such an interesting prospect. "Don't think of me as your rebound, but as a personal stepping stone" she offers in her fragile, yet self assured delivery.

Its simplicity is its key, as Haws voice swoons over a gently finger picked guitar, that creates a haunting atmosphere that draws you right in. Just as you've fallen for the simplicity and beauty of it all, it's drifted off, back into nothingness. Heartbreaking, at times triumphant, it's a track that floats then sinks like a melancholy dream. Haunting, delicate, finger-picking brilliance from the South Shields's 17 year old.

At just 17 and so early in her career, Natasha has already sold out shows in Sunderland, a special launch night for her debut single was held at Sunderland Minster, and she performed at the Sage Gateshead in support of fellow Split Festival Fringe tent performer The Lake Poets, winning hearts and fans over in the process. Join Natasha at Split Festival this year to celebrate what has been a whirlwind 18 months for the 17 year old, where she’s sure to win your heart as well.