It's startling to hear such a fully formed singing and songwriting voice come out of nowhere. Her producer, sophisticated British folkie Teddy Thompson, must've been equally caught off guard when he received the unsolicited social media inquiry of a no-name, 24-year-old, untapped talent. Freeman hails from Galax, Va., a tiny Appalachian town that hosts an annual old-time fiddlers' convention that she's been attending all of her life, and until recently, she confined her ambitions largely to the local scene. "Between high school and now," she wrote, "I've just done a lot of stumbling around trying to figure out what I should be doing and how to turn my love of music into something sustainable. It's taken me several years to muster the courage to pursue writing and performing professionally. My confidence is starting to catch up."