When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?
I grew up always having a piano in the house and have been songwriting and playing for as long as I can remember. When I was little I used to sneak my Walkman into bed at night and pretend the singer on the tape was me. I was so tired the next day but it didn’t matter. I’ve never lost that feeling of knowing exactly what I want to do.
How would you describe your music?
A mix of original 50’s cool jazz and Bacharach-style 60’s pop.
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
Making the album and having a sold-out show at The London Jazz Festival were highlights for me last year. Over the next few weeks the first single ‘Al Capone’s Girl’ will be released along with the video and album and then a tour towards the end of the year.
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
If I could cheat and go back in time it would be Gene Kelly. He had so much talent and charisma. I think I’m a better dancer than I actually am so I would attempt a full on 1950s musical number.
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
‘Beauty and the Beat!’ by Peggy Lee & George Shearing. They added ambience and applause under the pretense of it being a live recording but it’s so intimate it feels real. Add a desert Island and a steady supply of Tom Collins and I can’t think of anything better.