In my late 40’s and as a Dad/step Dad to four great kids, including baby Georgia born in Oct 2020 and engaged to be married in 2021 I have much to be grateful for already. I started playing the guitar at 16 but I had my feet firmly on the ground from a young age, thanks to solid encouragement from my Dad. i.e. “you can do what you want” – i.e. play your guitar and sing – “but get an education first…right”!?, OK Dad, good plan! I stepped straight onto the corporate career conveyor belt from university and never managed to jump off. I also split my time over the last 25 years practicing and at times competing in martial arts, even winning 2 National championship’s along the way. However, I never stopped writing, gigging and having a strong passion for music. I have written with some platinum selling songwriters, Mike Garvin, Chris Neil, Martin Sutton and supported chart-topping artists at live shows like Charlie Dore, The Korgis. Now its time for me to push myself out there, I feel like its my time, finally.
So, is it too late for me? I hope not. The music industry has changed radically in the last 10-15 years thanks to the internet. The old barriers to entry have gone so perhaps with the right approach and a lot of hard work I can find a way to cut through. Ultimately music is something I do because I love it. I write for myself openly and honestly because it’s my key form of expression, a way to release and expose my sub conscious thoughts. I have been told I have my own unique Pop folk, style, that my songs expose a truly sensitive artist with melodies and lyrics that cut straight through to the core. I have been compared vocally to Don Henley, Richard Marx and Bryan Adams. Humbling for sure.
My influences are varied and include Rock Bands like Led Zep to ACDC to Queen, American Pop Rock bands like Train and Vertical Horizon, Singer Songwriters like Shawn Mullins to Joni Mitchel, Folk Singers like Cara Dillon and even classical music. The variety in taste also comes from playing different instruments like Guitar and piano, wanting to understand a great song and play it. I also write in several styles from pop to folk, to blues to rock to country to Americana and a combination of several styles at times. Ideally, I don’t want to be pigeonholed and want to be able to wander across genre but if you press me, I’ll say I fit into the Folk Pop genre.
My debut solo single was released on the 1st August 2020. Feel Your Heart Come Alive, about someone who is full of passion, love, hopes and dreams but holds themselves back through a fear of rejection or judgement it was well received. It’s had over 31,000 spins on Spotify and the video has been played 23,000 times on YouTube.
My second single Hell Yeah from the EP of the same name has also been well received. We’ve had some really nice write up’s on the singles and the EP and been EP of the week on Blues and Roots Radio.
I recently released a special song. Carry On is a tribute to Joss Spurway, a friend of a friend who was sadly killed in a light airplane crash in Australia in 2017. I was inspired to write the song after meeting with some of her friends who talked about her with such love and passion that I felt compelled to tell the story. It’s a meaningful piano ballad. I’ve had some amazing feedback from her friends. Its available from all the usual streaming sites from 16th Jan 2021.
The forthcoming debut Album called Better Life is due out mid-year. There will be at least two singles the first of which Shine, will be released in February this year. This is a tribute to all those care workers and other key workers who have and continue to put themselves on the line for other people during this exceptional time. They really are the stars and we are all extremely grateful for what they are doing for us all.
In summary, music is my passion and something I truly love. What’s my ambition for my music and for myself? That my songs strike a chord with people in some way (pardon the pun) and that people appreciate the songs and the music and that hopefully it means something to them too.