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Promise Me: 10 Years On (Exclusive Earlybird Access!)

24/07/2024

With only a week to go until my re-release of my debut EP 'Promise Me' comes out, I wanted to share an exclusive earlybird listening opportunity for my members!

The original recording of the EP began when I was about 16 years old, and together with the help of sound engineer, John Delf, we worked on a selection of songs over a three year period and eventually whittled it down to five favourites. He called in some amazing musicians, including a string section who had worked with the likes of Elbow, to play on my record and it was the most incredible experience ever.

You all know how much I love a good orchestra setup, so I could've very easily re-recorded another orchestral version of this EP, but instead, I wanted to take the songs back to their roots and strip them back to a raw, simplified acoustic/piano version. Sometimes less is more, especially when it comes to anything nostalgic, I reckon. A couple of the songs are strictly acoustic, just like when I wrote them all those years ago in the bedroom of my childhood home, and one or two of the songs have been slightly revamped into a new jazzified piano version, just to keep things interesting.

 

It was also an opportunity for me to experiment with developing the songs in a different way, to echo how my sound has changed slightly over the last decade, but it was still important to me to maintain the simplicity behind this record.

 

Huge thanks goes out to my pianist, Charlie, for being an utter dream to work with. My husband, Mason, for getting involved and laying down a simple electric guitar riff for one of the tracks. And my good friend, Marc Gallagher, for mixing and mastering these tracks brilliantly and taking a huge weight off my shoulders when I was brain mashed as heck trying to muddle through them!

I hope you enjoy listening! And please be sure to stream them on your favourite streaming platform (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.) once it is released on July 31st, every listen helps!

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Anchors

22/07/2024

As the release of my 'Promise Me: 10 Years On' EP approaches, I thought I'd record a little snippet of one of the tracks from it. Here's a little video of 'Anchors', track number 2, and one of the earliest songs written on the record (only beaten by 'Stay', which I wrote when I was about 13 or 14!)

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A Little Respect (Erasure cover)

23/06/2024

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The Baby Diaries: Episode 1

07/06/2024

I decided I wanted to document my pregnancy right from the get go. Primarily, to give me and Mason something lovely to look back at and to be able to reflect on each step of our journey together, but also because I've found myself watching endless videos of other people who've also documented their journeys and I'd love to be able to add my input too!

I figured it would be nice to be able to share my pregnancy series with my members first before each episode is aired publicly, so you can get a little sneak peek of my journey so far before anyone else does.

This first episode is actually pre-pregnancy, and is just a short introduction video explaining how and why me and Mason felt we were finally ready to start our own little family. Enjoy!

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Our Wedding Video

17/05/2024

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THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

04/05/2024

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Songbird (Eva Cassidy cover)

18/03/2024

This song has always had a sentimental place in my heart, I absolutely love it to pieces. It was the song that I'd always play at my very first open mics from the age of about 14 or 15, and it was the song that I used to play every week as part of my very first gig residency. My parents always used to love when I played this song live, and they requested that I performed it at their vow renewal to celebrate 30 years of marriage. It was only 6 months after this that my dad then passed so this song has now gained even more meaning to us as a family.

 

I decided to record a little version of it for you guys, with some subtle strings and harmonies for some extra oomph. I hope you enjoy.

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Altered (the original version)

22/02/2024

I recently stumbled upon this video again. This was the original recording I made of 'Altered' just as I'd finished writing it on 20th July 2020.

 

If you listen closely, you may notice that in this original version, I never actually sing the word 'altered' at all... In fact, I originally wrote the song under the title 'Haunted'. However, when it came to putting the album together, I already had another song called 'Haunt' so I needed to switch things up slightly to differentiate between the two. When playing back through this song trying to see which alternative word would fit, 'altered' just naturally spilled out of my mouth and thus the new title and theme of the song was born!

 

I love that I've managed to find the original video with the original lyrics, it's interesting to look back at and see the song's journey!

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My Finances as a Full-Time Musician (2023 edition)

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01/02/2024

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What It Is To Know Colour - The Full Album Demos

12/01/2024

I wanted to share something special and super-exclusive for my lovely members. This is the unreleased, never-heard-before demo version of my debut album, 'What It Is To Know Colour'.

 

All of these tracks you're about to listen to are the original, first draft takes of each song, produced by no one else but me in my living room. This was the final, raw state of the songs before they made it to the studio or into the hands of the session musicians, where they grew into something far bigger.

 

When I first finished all of these demos, I was absolutely delighted with how they sounded and was certain I almost had a finished album already. But, taking them to my producer and building them up with the real instruments and the real orchestral strings totally transformed them, even more than I could've imagined.

 

That being said, as wonderful as it is listening to big epic soundscapes, I also think there's something special about listening to demos, knowing that these were the versions of the songs when they were at their rawest and were personally handcrafted with the purest of emotion. Every note, every beat, every little subtle noise hidden in the background is all intentional and you know that the artist sat there and dedicated their time and attention to getting it just how they wanted it, without any influence from anyone else.

I hope you enjoy listening!

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Nostalgia - Live Acoustic Version

28/12/2023

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