Q1: If you had the opportunity to get an inspiring message across to a lot of people, what would your message be?
A1: If I could offer a message that might inspire, it would be to trust your instincts, know your worth, and never give up – rest if you need to – but don’t give up. No matter what anyone tells you, be it a friend or a professional, remember that the ultimate decision of what happens in and with your life is yours and yours alone. You are unique, and that is exactly what you are supposed to be, so embrace your ‘quirks’ and ‘funny ways’ they are what makes you, YOU – and you are AMAZING!
No matter how wonderful, kind or talented a person might be, there will likely be someone out there that will still find fault, particularly in this age of social media, where we are so exposed. Keep in mind that nobody can please everybody – so keep doing what you do best and focus on the positivity around you. Sometimes people who shine brightly make can make the easiest targets. Don’t let negativity deter you from your path.
Q2: How did you get started with your music? And if you weren’t an artist/musician what would you want to be doing?
A2: I began performing at an early age singing and dancing in the chorus of local shows and pantos. Throughout my teens and twenties, I rehearsed with several bands, and performed at small venues, and did a small amount of studio work and acoustic sets, alongside performing with local musical theater companies. When I made my first attempt at songwriting. It wasn’t very good! I resigned myself to believing that I was a singer and not a songwriter. However, a few years ago, a dear musician friend casually said to me…’you know – just because you couldn’t write songs in the past, doesn’t mean that you can’t write them now’ This simple comment set me on a whole new path and I began writing songs. This time it came much more naturally, and not only did I enjoy the process, but people seemed to really like them, which gave me the confidence to keep learning, honing my skills, and progressing as a songwriter.
So – I will pass on that great piece of advice! Just because you couldn’t do something in the past, doesn’t mean that you can’t do it now. Don’t be afraid to try again, you might surprise yourself.
If I couldn’t work in music, I’d probably be doing something with spreadsheets ha!
Q3: What or who keeps you motivated and inspires you?
A3: My children. My family. My Friends. I am lucky enough to be surrounded by a circle of family and friends that are strong, thoughtful, clever, funny and talented people. Many of them have overcome great obstacles and sad losses with a grace that I can only aspire to. How could I not be inspired by that, and want to live up to their example?
Q4: What is the most memorable experience of your life/career so far? And what have you learned from it?
A4: The most memorable experience for me as a songwriter was actually very recent. Which is handy, as I have some issues with memory recall, – sorry what was the question? 😉 Taking my songs into the studio, and bringing them to life was an incredibly moving and pivotal moment for me. When your words and music start to become a tangible finished product – it is really quite a special thing. What I guess I learned from it, is that sharing your vision with the right people can lead to incredible things. Having support and input from people around you can take your creativity to a whole other level.
Q5: Would you go back and change anything in your journey so far? (If no, why)
A5: If the choice were offered to me – I’m not sure that I would change anything that has happened in my life so far. Sometimes, I wish I could change some things that have happened, maybe decisions I’ve made, or things I’ve said that I regretted or that came out wrong…but ultimately, I think everything you do in life shapes who you are today and brings you to where you are supposed to be.
Q6: In the next two years what do you ASPIRE to have done?
A6: I have a lot of hard work ahead of me, and I am excited about it. It is going to be a huge learning curve, and I am ready for the ups and downs. My main goal is to release my original music and establish myself as an artist. Over the next two years, I aspire to have created a consistent work flow and be earning my crust in the music industry.
Q7: How much of your life and background have influenced you to become a songwriter/musician?
A7: I don’t think I really had any huge influence to be musical growing up. I had dance, guitar, and piano lessons briefly as many children do, but I just knew – from as young as I can remember that I wanted to sing. I needed to sing. It was burning inside and I knew I had a voice, but it wasn’t until I was in my teens that I had the courage to share it with a singing teacher, and tell my careers advisor that being a singer was my dream job.
Q8: What lyrics mean the most to you and why (ones you have written and or ones you didn’t write)
A8: I can’t hide anymore from the storm, so while I wait for the sun to come to warm and heal my bones, singer songwritersI’ll remain – I’ll remain, with my face upturned to the rain.
These lyrics are from my song ‘Rain’. Although all my songs have a piece of me in them somewhere, these particular lyrics hold a very personal meaning to me. This song is really about defiance, hope, and the choice to see goodness, even in dark times. These words come straight from my gut.
Q9: If you could collaborate with anyone who would to it be and why?
A9: A collaboration I often muse over is actually with two of my good friend’s singer-songwriters. Elaine Griffin and Marie Marx. Elaine is in Ireland and Marie is up in the North East, so it’s no easy task to get together, but it would be a dream come true for me if we could manage it one day. We’ve all had a similar journey in life, and as such, I have created deep bonds with both of these amazing women, in fact, each of them have played a huge part in encouraging and inspiring me to make music again. I think a collaboration between us would be a truly powerful thing. If I was choosing a super famous artist, it would be Sheryl Crow. Her songs have been a mirror through many stages of my life, I love her style, and I love her ability to seamlessly cross many genres of music, and yet not compromise her identity. She’s just great at what she does.
Q10: What is the most inspiring message you have internalized in life so far?
A10: Well – now I might not score any points on the deep and meaningful front, but it’s a message that has kept me going through some of the toughest times. ‘Just keep swimming!’ Yes – its Dori from Finding Nemo! I guess the nearest (grown up lol) thing to say would be – just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Sometimes that’s all you can do when what lies ahead seems too much or too big or you just feel too lost. Just one step, that’s all you have to focus on. Then the next one. It doesn’t have to be fast or far – just keep moving. You’ll find your way xx
Q11: What is your motto in life/what do you live by?
A11: A phrase that often trips from my tongue is ‘It’s all a question of perspective’. I’m a huge believer that you can change your attitude about any situation purely by looking at things from a different perspective. It’s a motto that has served me well because I realized that even when a situation or occurrence is out of my control, how I deal with that situation – is still my choice. I think this is a good motto to keep yourself motivated, and also when trying to understand other people’s points of view.
Q12: What is currently on your playlist?
A12: Like most people, my choice of music varies wildly depending on my mood, situation or really which way the wind is blowing! I love scrolling through YouTube and Twitter and finding independent artists – there are so many talented people out there. When I want to come down to earth and feel grounded, my go to artists are Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, and Portishead. For a good sing along, I’d be playing Fleetwood Mac, Sheryl Crow, Maria McKee, Eagles – days when I need a lift and some motivation, my playlist includes Slash & Myles Kennedy, Fall out Boy, Stone Sour and Faith No More. That’s really the amazing thing about music – it can span the entire spectrum of our moods and personality! What else can do that?
Q13: If you could have a song to be the soundtrack to your life what would it be and why?
A13: The song that has become the soundtrack to my life is Labi Siffre, (Something Inside) So strong. I must acknowledge the weight and importance of the themes that originally inspired this song, of course, they are very different to my own life experience, but what I take from this song is the core message of defiance and persistence in the face of adversity. I would end up quoting nearly the entire song if I had to pull out the words that meant the most.
Q14: What are your biggest dreams? and what are your biggest fears
A14: My biggest dream would be to become a respected artist in the music industry and create a successful career that would support my family. My biggest fear is that my health won’t allow me to do that – which is why I am determined to find a way that works, even though many of the conventional routes are closed to me.
Q15: What is next for you/your plans for the next year?
A15: This year is looking really exciting! I’ll be in the studio as much as possible, getting my existing songs produced and ready to release. I’m lucky to currently be working with producer /artist Kris Halpin (widely known for his ground-breaking work with Imogen Heaps’ mi.mu gloves), who is doing a phenomenal job bringing my music to life. With help from dBs music, I will be looking at strategies for working from home, reaching audiences, launches, promotion and performance streaming. I want to learn as much as I can soak up! I’ll be writing as usual, but also spending time on more stylized and theme lead music, geared towards T.V. and film. There is a project in the wings that I am excited to be involved in, which is the Housebound House Band Project, organized by good friend Chris Miller, producer/artist and Centre Manager at dBs Music, so there are lots to look forward to!
Q16: What would your advice to be to those out there who want to live out their dreams?
A16: JFDI! Haha! You know – it’s not easy to go for your dreams, it’s scary and it’s challenging, but if you feel in your bones that you were meant to do something – go for it. It’s never too late / life’s too short / do it whilst you still can / you never know what’s around the corner. I could rattle out so many of this type of phrase, but there’s so many of them for a reason. Regret is a horrible feeling. Start now – DO IT!
Q17: Lastly, for those who don’t know where can people follow your career?
A17: As you can see, work is very much in session! Information, updates and of course music 🙂 will be landing on my social media very soon! I would love your company if you want to come and join me on Twitter and Facebook, and watch it all unfold! Alternatively, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org