Foxes’ cunning plan for success

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There aren’t too many people from the south coast who can claim to be Grammy winners.

There are even fewer who almost missed their big moment because they were outside the venue, the Staples Centre in LA, trying to find a drink.

But that’s what happened to Foxes, or Louisa Rose Allen, as her friends and family know her, in January this year.

Louisa says: ‘The ceremony at the Grammys is completely dry – there’s no alcohol, not like the Brits where everyone is getting drunk.

‘I was hanging out with some of the other Brits, and we couldn’t believe that there was nowhere we could get a drink so went out to search for one.

‘It’s like 80 categories long, so we thought we’d have plenty of time, and I didn’t think I was going to win anyway, but I did want to be there to hear them read it out.’

But Louisa got a phonecall from her manager telling her, and her Vivienne Westwood gown, to hotfoot it back to the centre.

‘By some strange quirk they read out my name instead of Calvin Harris,’ she adds.

And so, she has a Grammy on the mantelpiece for best dance recording for Clarity, her collaboration with producer Zedd.

She has also had high-profile collaborations with Rudimental, and perhaps more unexpectedly, American pop-punks Fall Out Boy, who tracked her down after their bassist was stopped in his tracks by her voice on Clarity when it was played at his birthday party.

‘They’ve been so lovely and they’ve been there for me, giving me lots of advice,’ Louisa says.

‘It’s so weird now, it’s like I have two lives between America and here, and I like that.

‘When I’m in America it’s so mental, it’s the strangest situation.’

But if things keep going the same way at home, Louisa won’t be staying so low-key for long. She already has a top 20 and a top 10 single to her name, and third single Holding on to Heaven is due to chart on Sunday.

And debut album Glorious is out on May 12.

Louisa, who is originally from Southampton, says: ‘I was writing this album in my bedroom in 2012 with a guy called Ghostwriter, and these songs are all me.’

When she plays at the Wedgewood Rooms on May 19 – which has already sold out – it’s the first date of her biggest solo tour to date.

‘It is the closest thing to a hometown date on the tour, but I didn’t want to play Southampton, because it would become this big homecoming thing. There’s going to be a lot of family and mates on the guestlist though,’ she laughs.

And she’s looking forward to the rest of the year: ‘I’m playing Glastonbury, T in the Park, loads of festivals, – there’s going to be a really good vibe.’