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Maverick Magazine Dec 2019
This Year I had some exciting shows planned and Ticket sales were going very well.. of course we all know the story..!
Suddenly the diary is empty and I made the most of the glorious spring weather in my garden in the East Devon Village where I live. I found inspiration in this crazy new situation we were in and my songwriting flourished with around Fifteen new songs written in the first few months of lockdown. Online shows were springing up everywhere and I found myself watching my some of my favourite artists live in their living rooms, such as Garth Brooks and Ashley Mcbryde.. I turned even more so to music as a familiar friend, digging into more UK artists catalogues and interacting with them online..
Two artists I was particularly enjoying were Donna Marie and Tennesse Twin, both leading acts on the UK Country scene.. we got chatting and I'm not quite sure how now but we agreed to jointly produce an online music show with songs and chat one Sunday afternoon..
The Songs and Stories Collective was born!
Our initial one show flowed in to fourteen weeks for our first series..and evolved by introducing very special guests including Peter Donegan and Cheley Tacket and asking the audience to vote for a weekly theme!
We realised not only were we attracting a large appreciative audience, some of who were isolating but were were like minded people and the show was helping us all through this time with laughter and music!
During the course of the series we had decided to try remotely recording one of the songs that we performed on the show.. Lori McKenna's Humble and Kind. The message of the song was sounding apt for the times we are in...
So fast forward to today and the song is released..
Through this connection my music career has taken some unexpected turns and I've beaten my technophobia by performing four Solo shows online, Taking part in festivals and I am now quite happily recording my own music at home! I've started producing jingles for radio stations and I'm embarking on my first producing job for fellow Devonian Singer/Songwriter. I feel now that the possibilities are endless and what started off as a disappointing year full of uncertainties, has been one of the most enjoyable challenging exciting years of my life!
You can hear 'Humble and Kind' for yourselves our cover by clicking the link below..
I hope to see you out there again, as soon as we can get back out to those wonderful music venues.
Until then Take care ! X