First saw Foy Vance perform when I was 17 years old. He has been one of my biggest inspirations as a writer and performer ever since. I think I’ve seen him live about 6 times now, it’s a rare thing to see someone like Foy live. I think the only other artists to move me in the same way have been Bon Iver. I loved watching this documentary and insight into his craft of making a new record [which he considers his ‘debut’ at 38- how inspiring/ comforting/fascinating] I disagree with him on one point though, ‘Hope’ is one of the most breathtaking records I possess, funny the stuff artists like/don’t like about their own work. I’m in a cloud of doubt over my new stuff this week, rethinking every choice, every lyric. The struggle is part of the process and I’ve gone through it 4 times before when putting together a body of work to share so I’m confident I’ll come out the other end but right now I need to focus on pushing myself. I don’t want to just repeat what I’ve already done or say what I’ve already said because I’m a totally different person from when I wrote into the light or devoid of rue. Genuinely, feel like i inhabit a different brain & a different heart and if I can’t get that across then I’ll be too proud to release it at all. TBC.
Brighton chaps! I’ll be performing a special intimate show with some other fantastic local acts on FRIDAY APRIL 25th at 8pm. Tickets can be bought i advance for here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/269248 or on the door. All ages, really want to meet some of you… So Don’t miss out! x
I want to thank anyone who emailed us about the empower young women event I was hoping to do this Summer. It has proved extremely difficult to get funding and find a date this summer where all the speakers I had booked are available. I have some big personal plans later this year as well so it might be…that it’s something to do when I have a bigger profile, so I can reach more young girls. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and if it’s not going to be great, I’d rather hold fire… For now, just know, that I got your emails, I’m so grateful for your support, your ideas and they are all still issues that are and will remain incredibly close to my heart and soul.
For now, I think just talking about the issues on my blog, and opening up the dialogue to hear people’s stories around the world is a good starting point- I won’t stop doing that. Thank you for sharing some of your stories with me as well.
It’s amazing hearing how some of you have overcome your personal battles, [with school, family, how you feel about yourself, your image, boyfriends, girlfriends, questions you have about your community, your passions, your ambitions, your choices and dreams for the future…] I just wanted to say, that it is an ongoing process. You don’t wake up at 18,21,25,30 or even 65 and have it all figured out, anyone who claims to have their life 100% together is a liar terrified of being found out. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing, or what they think of you. The only thing that matters….. is finding a way to be content and grateful with what you have and always strive to give a little bit more love back into the world. I am living, breathing proof that life is not perfect, we don’t always get what we want, or what we thought we deserved or what we dream of. That said- it aint over, till it’s over. You only truly fail when you stop trying.
You lot inspire me to keep reaching for my dreams. Thank you. Back to the dark dingy bunker I go, creating new music for you to enjoy, trying to make a tiny difference and be heard through the crowd….XxX
Lots of love