In association with Jamie Cullum Fans, I’m giving a signed copy of the album to two lucky winners. To enter you simply need to state the name of the song that features in the above film clip and send your answer via the Jamie Cullum Fans website which you can link to by clicking here. Entries need to be in by Friday 27 July. Good luck.
It was really lovely to chat with Roger Day again and to meet Trudy Kerr for their BBC Radio Kent show yesterday evening. We had a good long talk about the making of Day Dawns and a few tracks were played from the album.
You have 6 days to listen again by clicking here. Make sure you’ve a cuppa at your side as it’s an hour of entertaining antics from 9-10pm.
Southern World Arts News (SWAN) Editor and Artist, Alecia McKenzie caught up with me at the weekend to find out about my journey in making Day Dawns and she’s written a lovely piece which published on Monday 2 July on the SWAN site. Click here to read the interview…
UKM: Say a little about yourself.
MJ: I’m a singer/songwriter. I’ve always sung – for as long as I can remember but song writing is a more recent thing although I’d always loved writing. When I was growing up I loved writing stories and poems which I’d put into cards and, later on, I began to write the occasional song. But it was really only something I thought of now and again but never really did.
I had a fabulous time chatting with Ernie Almond at BBC Three Counties Radio about the making, and release of, Day Dawns.
Before pressing play on any material I read both the reviews and got a feel for what I could expect when I pressed play. The picture I had in my head was a British Lizz Wright, an artist who combines a large number of genres, namely soul, folk, blues, gospel and jazz, and combines them into a warm, organic, soulful sound.
And what a celebration it was. The Green Note was a full house and was brimming with the warmth that emitted from the audience.
Such a lovely gesture and they were accompanied by a card with a heartfelt message which was incredibly touching. Thanks lovely ladies.
Sophie had asked me many weeks ago via Twitter whether I prefer the colour of coffee or tea to which I nonchalantly responded: “Actually I don’t drink either,” which was really unhelpful since she was sneakily trying to decide on the best colours to use to create her painting.