Some pop stars make music for the sake of it. But for Be Charlotte – 21-year-old Dundonian – music is about meaning. Since starting to find her voice as a teenager, Be Charlotte has been all about finding inner strength and inspiring others to do the same, and is ready to speak up. Leaving school at 17 to concentrate on music, she has played extensively around Europe, North America and Africa, honing her songwriting craft by taking in influences from classic songwriters, modern pop and hip hop. Taking on a male-dominated industry, Be Charlotte aims to challenge that hegemony with her mix of anthemic songwriting, shimmering pop synth sounds and banging beats. You can dance to her music, but there’s meaning behind it too.