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.