British pop artist Arlo Parks became one of James Corden’s latest guest appearances, performing her single ‘Hope,’ from her debut album ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams,’ and virtually sitting down for a chat with the British TV host.
James Corden introduces Park’s as “one of the most exciting new artists to emerge in a long time” describing her debut album as “absolutely brilliant.”
The pre-recorded performance of her single ‘Hope’ showcases the West London artist with a live band in a room furnished with standard lamps wound in flowers. Making her way around the blossoming lampshades, she sings directly into the camera. In late March, the singer also incorporated flowers in her performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, which boasted a backdrop of sunflowers.
Speaking on her single ‘Hope,’ with the British Host, Arlo said: “This song to me… it’s exactly as the name suggests. It’s the idea of finding light at the end of the tunnel and looking at pain in a way that’s real and unflinching but realising there’s a lot to look forward to.”
In a short interview with Corden before her performance, Arlo Parks discusses how her success is yet to sink in. She jokes: “I’m still at home doing crosswords and getting into trouble for not doing the hoovering. I’m still just living my normal life.” She continues: “My career is kind of blossoming in this beautiful way. It’s still very surreal to me.”
Arlo will be setting off on her US-debut tour later this year, performing in New York and Los Angeles. Corden asked how she feels about performing again; on this, the pop-singer said: “I mean my music is meant to be experienced in that collective way. That kind of idea of healing in public and being in these sweaty rooms. And I’ve never ever played a show in L.A. I haven’t played a headline show in London yet. So it feels like everything is yet to be experienced.”
Arlo has been at the forefront of popular music in recent weeks, after being nominated for three Brit Awards, including for Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Best Female Artist.
The artist quickly rose to fame after submitting demos to BBC Music Introducing in 2018 and catching the ears of BBC Radio 1 DJ Jess Izatt. The following year Parks performed at several major UK festivals, including on the BBC Music Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival in June 2019.
Releasing her debut album earlier this year, ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams,’ the 20-year-old has gained recognition from well-known individuals from around the globe, including no other than ex-first lady herself, Michelle Obama. Michelle revealed last year that Arlo Parks is on her playlist of favourite music and is thought to be a keen fan.
You can watch Arlo’s interview and performance on The Late Late Show, now on Youtube.