1. Are you looking forward to singing at The AJC?
I can't wait to sing at The AJC, it's been a while so I'm really looking
forward to coming back to Ashtead. The crowd are always lovely and
receptive so it is a joy to sing at!
2. What can The AJC's audience look forward to on the 21st?
I'm going to be bringing a bit of my own 'flavour' to the set next week,
trying to bring together some of the different styles of music which
have influenced me over the years, so expect a bit of a variety, it is the
spice of life, after all! There'll be something for everyone I hope.
3. Who do you feel has really influenced you as a performer?
My Granny has been my biggest influence as a performer, in her hay day she was an opera singer, singing in venues all over the country. She always encouraged, supported and inspired me, from a very young age, to get out on to the stage and share my music with others, just as she did. She was always telling me off for my poor breathing/support/technique/diction etc, but I have learnt so much from her. She continues to be one of my biggest fans.
4. Who are you really enjoying listening to at the moment?
At the moment I can't stop listening to Madeleine Peyroux, I love her husky, soulful tone. I will never have a voice like hers but I can dream! I love all the old soulful singers like Nina Simone and Dinah Washington. There's something I find very comforting about listening to their music, it's like putting on a pair of really comfy old slippers whilst drinking a mug of cocoa. Beautiful.
5. When not listening to jazz, what other styles of music are you into?
When I'm not listening to jazz I love listening to gospel and folk music. I grew up singing in a church which is really where I first learnt how to sing, so gospel music is a huge part of my life. I also had a mother who loved her folk music so I was brought up listening to artists such as Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Don McClean. Those influences obviously rubbed off on me because I still listen to this
music today. I am also currently loving a contemporary Irish folk artist named Foy Vance. I have his new album 'The Joy of Nothing' on repeat!
6. Away from music, what other passions take up your time?
I am a die hard Great British Bake Off fan. I live for Wednesday nights and spend a lot of time practicing my signature bakes and show stoppers. My husband and I are real foodies so we love trying new recipes, going out to farmer’s markets to get hold of the latest in fresh local produce and exploring new restaurants. I am also very career focussed so when I'm not singing or eating a lot of my time at the moment is taken up with work (yawn)...