When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?
Well I’ve been singing my whole life, I’ve always loved to sing. I love musicals and that’s something I wanted to pursue at one time and it’s definitely something I would love to get to do one day, being Velma Kelley from Chicago is on my bucket list!! If I wasn’t doing this, I’d probably do something to do with archaeology or Native American history, I’m very passionate about that.
How would you describe your music?
My music is primarily country, but you can hear a lot of musical influences in there I think. My Dad always loved country and folk, whereas my Mum was more blues, soul and rock – all those genres have influenced my sound. I also feel my music is very honest, all my songs are written from real life experiences, you really can hear the story in the song.
What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?
In February/March I opened for Lindsay Ell on her European Tour which was awesome and prior to that I was in Nashville finishing recording my debut album, ‘I Stand Alone’, which just went up for pre-order on iTunes and GooglePlay. I have the co-headline tour with Sonia Leigh in April, we’re going all over the UK and Ireland – I just can’t wait to be out on the road with the band. In May I’m doing some festivals here in the UK, including a slot at the Hay Festival which I’m really looking forward to because it’s local to me! Plus I’ll be heading back to the US in the summer, there’s lots to look forward to.
If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?
Can I say four different people from different genres? Does that count?
I would love to duet with Elton John, I actually met him once and told him that and he said he was really touched. I was 14 at the time and I think he thought it was interesting a 14 year old would want to duet with him rather than some teenage-boy band. I just adore his music and he is so charismatic. It’d be incredible to write with him too!
It’s a dream of mine to duet with Keith Urban on ‘We Were Us’. I think he’s a phenomenal musician and artist. He’s definitely someone I look up to because he’s Australian and has managed to make a mark, a huge mark, in the US country music market. That’s a massive achievement and very inspiring for someone like me who’s British and doing country music.
Lady Gaga is on my list too, she has an incredible voice. I’ve never forgotten watching her ‘Monster Ball Tour Live In Madison Square Garden’ on the TV, she didn’t stop for a second, it was ridiculously awesome. Plus everyone says we look very similar, I can’t count the number of times I’ve been mistaken for her or told I look just like her. It would be hilarious to meet her and we’d both be looking at each other like “Woah…weird!”
Now, this is a bit of a strange one but links back to my love for musicals and is most definitely on my bucket list…I want to duet with Alan Menken. I’m also a huge Disney fan and he’s composed the music to all my favourite Disney movies. He just has this way of composing, it’s flawless. His song “Farewell” from the Pocahontas soundtrack (it plays over the final scene in the movie) is the most beautiful piece of music, it gives me chills and goosebumps every time. If I ever got to sing one of his songs, with him playing the piano or conducting the orchestra…there aren’t words.
What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?
My desert island disc would have to be some sort of compilation disc with all my favourite songs on it. Is that cheating? I think it’s difficult to pick just one album because I just love music, and so many different artists and genres. So I’d be that one person who cheated and had a compilation mix CD.