What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
Manchester-born soulful singer and songwriter, with big hair and a big love of melodic and conversational storytelling, focussing on love and life
What made you go in to music?
My dad used to always sing around the house and there were always records playing, so I’d record myself singing into a little tape recorder. I started learning keyboard at 5 and played several other instruments including guitar, which I’m not very good at now…
Are you a signed?
You are set to release the first of 3 EP’s called ‘LOVE’, tell us more about the EP.
This EP explores the feelings and emotions of meeting someone and falling in love, capturing key moments in relationships. So when you first met someone, where you were, what you remember, how you wanted to be around them all the time and realising you’d fallen deeply for them and you couldn’t stop it. All the song titles are also one evocative word.
What is the meaning behind the EP?
I wanted to write an EP or Album with a theme behind it. Relationships are a fundamental part of who we are, have a profound effect on us and help shape us as people. I wanted to explore those thoughts and feelings in an engaging and conversational way.
Describe each track in two words.
Squeeze – sweet innocence
Touch – pure romance
Deep – no return
Love – longing acceptance
What was the writing process like?
It was exactly that – a process! Squeeze was written really quickly and stuck, Touch had a complete re-write a year and a half later, Deep just fell out of trying to evoke the intensity of falling for someone and Love was just a conversation between myself and the other co-writers of the track, so it kind of wrote itself
What was the recording process like?
The recording process was incredible. I’m luckily enough to work with an amazing producer called Paddy Byrne who has taught me so much about myself and we’ve been on a real artistic journey, which keeps growing daily. He’s been and continues to be a big part of this journey as we continue to uncover words and sounds and turn them into something that’s meaningful for us both.
Who did you work with on the single?
So for Touch I wrote this song with a wonderful friend called Ian Howell and it was produced by Paddy
Will we see any music video’s for any of the tracks?
Perhaps! I’ve been quite careful to post imagery that’s all about the song and the emotion I want it to convey rather than pictures of myself or who I am, so I’m going to try and work on some cool atmospheric stuff and see where it leads!
Tell us more about the 2nd and 3rd series of your EP releases and when to expect them.
So the working title of EP 2 is Insecure and focuses on the “breaking up” of a relationship and all the doubts and insecurities that come along with it. EP 3’s working title is Better, where the songs explore getting over things and realising you’re a better person because of the relationship and anticipate these to be released in 2020
Do you have any shows coming up?
I don’t at the moment, but will be working on stuff for next year
What else can we expect in 2019?
The main part is the EP release and also working on some alternative R&B stuff with some other producers which may get released this year as well.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?
So I have the joy of getting to work with a number of independent artists who I also call friends – from folk to indie to country, so yes, you may see some collaborations appear in the future for sure
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Absolutely – I love working with and meeting other songwriters/producers/musicians/artists and want to write for more artists in the future. They can contact me on all my social channels or via my website
Do you play any instruments?
Not really, I fake it on a midi-keyboard if that counts!
Who are your influences?
Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, 2Pac, Faith Evans, The Roots, Alicia Keys. D’Angelo
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Everything inspires me! You see first-hand the impact a song and its story can have on a listener and music has the ability to give you a voice when you don’t feel like making a sound or an ear when you need it most. Songs help us articulate small and profound moments in our lives and I use music to express feelings or thoughts, not just that I feel but also what others feel too. Just one word or though can spark a whole idea and I love that.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Doing a duet with Stevie Wonder please
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I actually have a full time job, so that keeps me pretty occupied! But I also love to read, meditate and get outdoors as often as I can
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Too High – Stevie Wonder
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Gosh, I get such good advice all the time! To remember to connect more – to people, to nature and to life
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Be authentic. Be yourself and never tell yourself you’re not good enough. I know we all suffer from self-doubt and fear and stage fright and all the rest of it, but when you’re just making the music you want to make, unapologetic and is your own, true voice, those fears will start to disappear
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
It’s not how you fall that matters. It’s how you rise when you have fallen
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Wilmslow Road – just love the food there
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? My home
2/ Who do you see first? My family
3/What do you eat first? Big hot bowl of spicy noodles!
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?