So, here we are. Lockdown number 3 and I am really feeling it.
So I am bringing back my blog, to document things that have happened in my musical career, my hopes and dreams for the future, and talking about people who have helped me further my ambitions and have been real inspirations.
For the first one, I am going to be talking about my experiences with Radio. I have had the pleasure of being played on various stations including BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Soho Radio and Cambridge 105. All different, all amazing to be a part of.
The only way I can start talking about this is by taking you back. Picture this; the year is 2015. My friend Charlie and I have been playing as a duo round our local town Ely and playing in Cambridge too. We have released our 10 track charity album to raise funds for Arthur Rank Hospice and we have been asked to come on BBC Radio. As you can imagine as a couple of 16 year olds we were very excited, I mean, the BBC! The crown jewel of radio! This was where I met the lovely Sue Marchant who interviewed us on her show. We felt like celebrities! We also raised in excess of £5000 for the hospice with this CD.
We were also interviewed on Cambridge 105, where our cover of The Everly Brothers ‘Long Time Gone’ (a track on the hospice CD) got to the number 1 slot in their local chart!
Charlie and I with our sponsor Robert Barnes at Cambridge105
It’s now 2019 and I am living in London and now flying solo. I was getting ready to release my track ‘Coming from the Other Side’ (which was my debut single and you can find on Spotify now) and I decided to contact Sue to ask her opinion on the track. She went above and beyond and invited me on ‘Sue Marchants Folk Show’ to play and talk about my progress from my sixteen year old self to becoming a solo artist. I sang live on the show during a half hour slot. I will always be grateful to Sue to helping me.
It was a real turning point for me, as this was also the day that I met Ellen Ellard, now the host of BBC Introducing in Cambridgeshire. During this lockdown Ellen has been a huge support for me, playing tracks from my debut EP ‘Always Remain’. She played ‘Breathe’ during the first lockdown and last weekend she played ‘Little Red’. You can find the track at 1hr 6 minutes on here together with Ellen’s kind comments.
It is always such a thrill to hear my tracks played on the introducing programme and I can’t wait to send Ellen more!
Me before performing on ‘Sue Marchant’s Folk Show’
This blog is basically a massive Thank you to every radio station that has given me a chance. Special shoutouts to Sue and Ellen for giving me the invaluable support that every artist like me can only dream of!
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