Further moved was I by Twitter friend, Sophie Degunst’s kindness when she tweeted me the link to her recent blog post which talks about her experience at last month’s album launch party held at The Green Note.
Not only has she already very kindly taken the time to paint a picture of me which she brought from France and handed to me at the Launch Party but she’s also gone on to write about her time at the celebratory event. Read what Sophie says on her blog here.
Competition entries have now closed and I’m pleased to announce that both Louise Williamson and Matt Watson will soon be happy new owners of Day Dawns a copy of which will be winging its way to each of them over the next few days.
Thanks to all those who entered and to those who missed out this time, keep your eyes peeled for other competition delights that will crop up over coming weeks. Thanks also to Jamie Cullum Fans for playing host to the comp.
What a great time was had in Orford at the Pavilion when I performed with guitarist Martin Kolarides and bass player Henrik Jensen to a crowd of some 300 residents and visitors to the area. The weather was perfect too which all helped in making the event a successful one. And a lot of money was raised for local charities to boot.
Day Dawns fan and Suffolk resident, Dawn Woodgate, came along, bringing specially made cakes and marmalade with her. She also took a number of really fab shots which can be viewed in the gallery.
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.