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Fast Five: Stephanie Manns



When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I started writing songs 4 years ago, so I’ve not been at it that long. The reason was simply that I wanted to learn guitar and my mum wanted me to learn piano and we are both pretty stubborn, so I didn’t learn either! I got a guitar at Uni but I was too shy to give it a real go. I did an open mic just to see if I could get over the nerves and after that there was no stopping me. I wanted to do it again… In terms of another career, I’m a qualified personal trainer and I’ve worked in the finance industry, not bad ways to earn a living, but neither holds my attention and passion like music does.

How would you describe your music?

I think my music is kind of a cross over between folk and country. I’ve been massively influenced by both genres (Johnny Cash, Carole King, James Taylor, Shawn Colvin) so there are little twangs here and there, maybe a slide guitar or a harmonica part that lets you know what I was listening to or what mood I was in.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

So far I’ve been pretty lucky. My very first gig was opening for Joan Armatrading after only having done a few open mics. Then I went on to support Ultravox’s Midge Ure, my songwriting hero Jill Jackson and most recently Emeli Sande. I’ve played Scotland’s folk festival Celtic Connections and King Tuts. Coming up, there are some exciting support acts before the end of the year that I need to keep under my hat for now, but I recently made some music videos so on excited to release them alongside the EP on 8th September on my YouTube channel and my website and Facebook page. The videos were so much fun to make so I can’t wait to get them out there.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Johnny Cash and Jackson because he is a legend and that song rocks.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album? 

It would be Madison Violet’s The Good in Goodbye because it’s timeless and I don’t think I’d ever get sick of hearing it or finding something new from it.




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