Finally I’m able to present a little video which gives a short taster of the day experienced by all involved in the SING4SANE Big Sing at the end of February. Featuring a short interview and some of the pics from the day, in under 3 minutes, you’ll get a bit of a feel of what happened. It was pure joy. Just click on the play button to have a watch on YouTube.
Play button link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tGaYVOVfJc
My band (Nick Pini, Arthur Lea, Tim Nugent) and I had a great time last Friday performing at the Royal Festival Hall as part of their Friday Tonic series. The crowd was big and supportive and we had a fabulous time introducing songs old and some newly written toons too. There’s a bit of video footage to be shared. This first track is a song called Hit the Ground by singer, Lizz Wright which we performed impromptu on the night. Will share others as we receive. Do have a watch and a listen. More dates to come.
Some of you will have heard me banging on for an age about my plans to host this event and now the date is very soon upon us. To recap: Sing4SANE is my idea to gather together a group of like-minded individuals who might wish to join me in singing Live Again – a song from my forthcoming album. The aim: to encourage unity and togetherness and to raise awareness of mental illness in addition to showing support for mental health charity SANE. Anyone can join be you a fully-fledged singer and performer or an-in-the-shower singing enthusiast. Or come along if you simply wish to stand-up for mental health awareness and be among the crowd. For more information, just get in touch. Contact details are on the poster.
…so much for the support shown towards the crowdfunding campaign that has been running on Pledge Music. I’m pleased and overwhelmed that I’ve exceeded my target and am now working very much on the release of my new mini album, Stripped Back. Of course it was in October that the Stripped Back launch party was held; as a result of the delay to the release October’s launch may well be considered the “pre-launch” celebration and another launch may be organised closer to the revised launch date so stay tuned, as they say. In the meantime, if you haven’t pre-ordered the new record but would like to do so, there’s still time. Just head here to my Pledge page.
A fabulous launch party concert was had last month to celebrate the upcoming release of these new recordings but the party is far from over. Other performances are being planned around the time of release in March, and beyond. Pre-order your limited edition copy via my campaign via Pledge Music to be sure to get your very own signed and well in advance of the date the record will go on sale.
Sorry for the silence over the last few months but it has been a busy time. After recording, there’s been mixing, mastering and photo shoots to get done and of course there’s a special launch party to plan too. I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you in good time. The launch party happens on Monday 19 October. No tickets will be sold on the door, they can only be purchased in advance via Billetto so get booking.
It was really good to chat with Gaby on her show last weekend and to perform live. Mention of course was made of the impending EP release and with Ross Lorraine on piano we performed two songs which will appear on the EP – Live Again and Troubled and one other called The Unexplained. Feel free to listen in by hovering over my logo above and clicking the play button.
Yes, I have been recording again. It felt really good to make a return to north London’s studio, The Cowshed, to create music after the 3 years since my first release. Just a few songs have been recorded acoustically and as live for the new EP, release date for which is to be confirmed. A very special launch party is being organised, however you’ll need to join the mailing list to get full details on this as it’s a bit of a secret bash for special invitees. Do join me on this journey. Think it’s going to be fun and I’m really looking forward to sharing these new recordings with you.
Almost three years since the release of Day Dawns, it is pretty exciting to find myself back at The Cowshed studio in north London recording songs for my upcoming EP. Featuring the nimble fingers and talents of guitarist Tom Gamble – and pianist Arthur Lea – some of the songs to be presented on the EP will be newer and some will be reinterpretations of songs that featured on my 2012 release. A crowdfunding campaign is to be started soon so stay tooned if you fancy supporting that. There’ll also be a secret launch party to come so sign-up to the mailing list for updates on that.
A joyous time was had by my band and I at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on bank holiday Monday. Playing to a full room on the Jazz Arena stage, the audience was warm and welcoming and I was thriving on the buzz in the air. Lovely to meet so many audience members after the concert too. A big thank you if you came.