Rumer is the stage name of singer-songwriter Sarah Joyce, born in 1979 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Her father was the chief-engineer involved in the Tarbela Dam. Previously, the job had taken him and his young family all over the world. Rumer was the youngest of seven children who found themselves living in this expat colony, with no TV or newspapers: an enclosed community where the kids would run wild.
This closed community also provided Rumer with her first taste of music. Her brothers and sisters were especially musical: they would often sing and write songs together, determined to provide their own entertainment. Her brother Rob gave Rumer her first guitar; which she taught herself to play, and on which, years later, she wrote all the songs on her debut album, Seasons of My Soul.
Life changed when the family returned to the UK and settled in the New Forest. Having never seen a television before, Rumer became obsessed with the technicolor movie musical, watching Judy Garland on repeat. It is an influence you can hear in the likes of 'Slow' and 'Come To Me High'.