Sunday Rundown: Shooting for Alive, Live Acoustic Sessions and Florida

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Photo: Geena Sharma Singh Photography

This week has been half hard work and half holiday, but with many exciting developments!  Both at home and in America I had some amazing weather and took some beautiful photos, which I have included in the blog, along with details on what I’ve been up to!

Monday:  On Monday, me and my awesome videographer (and friend), Geena headed to Flamborough in the East Riding of Yorkshire for our first day of filming the video for my song ‘Alive’.  We got some beautiful shots of the amazing scenery around there and some performance shots.  We got lucky with the weather as it was 26 degrees Celsius and wall to wall sunshine!  So excited to finish filming and share this video!

 

Tuesday:  Tuesday was spent practising piano, packing and generally getting ready to go away!

Wednesday:  On Wednesday I flew to Florida for the start of my two week holiday in America and the Caribbean.  The best part of long haul travel for me is that I have so many uninterrupted hours at my disposal, which I can use to catch up on work!  I managed to respond to three sets of interview questions, write all my notes on the mixes for my upcoming album and read and write notes on my book on music marketing.  Very productive and relaxing times for me!

Thursday:  I had a lovely morning walk to start off the day and then I went to the mall.  I’m ashamed to say that a big shopping spree always makes me feel good, and this was definitely one of best shopping trips I’ve ever had!  So I left feeling very happy, especially after a great Chinese meal!

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I also made my Thursday Twenty playlist and it’s even more varied than usual!

  1. Boots by Kesha – Definitely my favourite track on Kesha’s new album.. really fun and catchy!
  2. Painkiller by Liv Dawson – I really wanted to include this in the playlist last week but I didn’t have room.  It’s such an touching pop song with great sweeping production and really relatable lyrics.
  3. Make It Up To You by Julia Michaels – I’m fast becoming a Julia Michaels fan as I think her brand of cool, edgy pop is the future of the genre.  I also really admire her roots as a songwriter.
  4. Safe Place by Jazz Morley
  5. Borrowed Time by Falcon Punch & Alexanderson
  6. Give It Up (feat. Salt Ashes) by Cruels
  7. Tennis Shoes by Lennon & Maisy – I always love the soundtrack to Nashville and this my favourite song from the current season!
  8. Take Shelter by Years & Years
  9. Dead End Love by XYLO
  10. Alexis Texas by Cruel Youth
  11. You’re Mine by Phantogram – Phantogram have only been on my radar for a few months due to hearing them on a TV show, but I really love their dark vibe and edgy production!
  12. Think Before I Talk – Astrid S
  13. Madness by Ruelle – I came across Ruelle as one of her songs was used as a reference file for a sync placement I applied for and I really like her music!  It has a slight vibe of Banks, which is something I always enjoy!
  14. C O O L (Radio Edit) by Le Youth – The ultimate holiday party song; just so so catchy and happy!
  15. What Lovers Do (feat. SZA) by Maroon 5
  16. If I’m Lucky by Jason Derulo – Jason Derulo is one of my guilty pleasures and I’ve just bought tickets to see him perform in May so I’m super excited!  This new track is very different but I actually really like it!
  17. Girls On Boys by Galantis & ROZES
  18. Bad At Love by Halsey
  19. Cross My Mind Pt. 2 (feat. Kiiara) by A R I Z O N A 
  20. Know U Anymore (feat Sarah Hyland) by Bo Talks – Another that almost made it on last week… great track, super catchy and loving Sarah Hyland’s voice… I usually just know her as Haley from Modern Family.

 

Also, ‘Music, Musings and Such’ did an interview feature on me, which was awesome, so have a read if you are interested in my inspirations, my ambitions and my favourite musicians!

Friday:  On Friday I went for another amazing walk, this time along the boardwalks to the lake, which was so relaxing and pretty!  I took some gorgeous pictures 🙂 After that I spent the day by the pool reading and catching up on emails, as well as submitting songs for sync placement consideration.

Saturday:  After a four hour drive first thing, we made it to Miami around midday to board a cruise bound for the Caribbean!  I didn’t get much work done this day as I was too busy drinking cocktails and dancing at the sail away party!

I did upload a teaser video for the live acoustic session of ‘Lead Me Down’ to my YouTube channel though, which I’m really excited about!  Check it out below!

I was also featured on the ‘Readers Recommend’s ‘Sounds on Sunday’, playlist, which was lovely!

Sunday: The first day at sea on the cruise so I spent the day exploring the ship, drinking more cocktails and having a lovely massage!  Very relaxing times… managed to get some work done too which was nice!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and enjoyed seeing some holiday pictures!  I will no doubt have many more next week!

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Sunday Rundown: Gigging at the Acoustic Lounge and Plans for the Future.

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I’ve been debating about what to do with myself and my career next year for a while and this was the week I finally made a decision, which feels like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders!  Feels so nice to have my direction back and not be constantly worried.

Monday: I worked out the setlist and set order for the gig on Saturday at the Acoustic, practised my set for an upcoming wedding, registered some songs on Music Gateway’s sync Portal and started reading a great book on promotion and marketing in the music industry.  It was a day of admin and rehearsals, but it felt like a very productive one!

Tuesday:  I spent most of the day learning my cover for my Wednesday Cover and trying to record the video…. despite multiple interruptions!  I then read more of my new book: ‘The Music Marketing and Promotion Road Map’ to help me work out how to best get my music out there!  So far I think it is a great read and it’s given me loads of new ideas.  I played golf in the evening too to get some fresh air!

Wednesday: Golf again first then followed by a very long rehearsal session with my guitarist George.  It was a much less than perfect rehearsal, so fingers crossed all the mistakes are out of the way before the gig.

This week’s Thursday Twenty is Ella Eyre’s ‘Ego’ as I think it’s a great track and not that many people have given covering it a go yet on YouTube.  I thought I would do my own acoustic piano version and put my own spin on it!  I’d love to know what you think on YouTube!

Thursday:  I had a golf competition but played terribly… so we won’t talk about that any further!  I did put together my Thursday Twenty playlist for this week and it’s my favourite one yet I think!

  1. Glue by Fickle Friends – I only discovered Fickle Friends this week but oh my god… I am in love!  The whole EP is so 80s nostalgic, catchy and fun!  Definitely check it out!
  2. Heartlines by EMBRZ & Meadowlark
  3. Only Us by Paperwhite
  4. Show Me (feat. Madison Ryann Ward) by John Splithoff – I love this song as it feels so cheery and summery and the production is so good!  It’s a windows down, driving kind of song!
  5. Fire by VHS Collection – A bit more indie/alternative than my usual picks but I really like the 80s vibes in this track too and how they are mixed with a modern sound.
  6. You by LINES – I literally can’t get this out of my head and it is SO satisfying to sing the chorus with the cheeky swearwords emphasising the frustration in the lyrics!  I can definitely relate to this one!
  7. Childhood Dreams by ARY
  8. Bathwater by WESLEE – OBSESSED with this one!  So so catchy and it has a slight echo of Terror Jr, who I love, so it’s right up my street.
  9. Find Yourself by Great Good Fine Ok & Before You Exit
  10. Lights by NOVAA
  11. Alive (Ashworth Remix) by XYLO
  12. Quicksand by Tim Legend & Colin Dieden
  13. Friends (with BloodPop) by Justin Bieber – I have to admit I do have a bit of a weakness for Justin Bieber’s recent music… it’s always so catchy and has amazing production on it!  Friends is a good example of this, catchy hook (nothing earth changing in terms of songwriting though) and great beat.
  14. The Author by Wildwood Kin – Much more chilled than my usual taste in music but I love the layering in this.
  15. Fading Youth by Punctual
  16. Chasing Marrakech
  17. Hymn by Kesha  – I really like this song as I think a lot of younger people feeling lost (like me a lot of the time) could relate to the lyrics and feel the urge to sing it out.
  18. Unpredictable by Becky Hill
  19. Pitfalls by Sistek & Tudor – I found this track (and artist) whilst researching managers and I think its fab! Definitely one of my top picks this week!
  20. (Not) The One by Bebe Rexha  – At this point in my life I can really really relate to what she’s saying in this track!  I get the feeling of not wanting to be in a relationship but liking the option of having someone there when you need them… good pop song that broaches a topic usually ignored!

 

 

Friday:  I started off the day by touring The Manchester MIDI School, which was awesome.  Ever since I started producing Alive and experimenting with looping, I have been wanting to learn more about music production, but just didn’t know the best way for me.  After visiting the MIDI school today I’m really excited that I’m going to be studying Music Production, Electronic Music Composition and Music Business there next year!  I think it will really help push my writing to the next level and hopefully bring something new into my live set up too!

Saturday:  I had a great day of rehearsals followed by an amazing gig at the Acoustic Lounge!  The crowd was really engaged and enthusiastic, which always helps to make a gig memorable, and it was my last gig with George before he heads to London for university, making it even nicer that we had a great time!

 

Sunday:  On Sunday I had a golf competition with my Dad and we actually won third prize so that was a great end to the weekend!

Thank you so much for reading!

 

 

Not Stupid Anymore

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As Not Stupid Anymore was released in April, I felt like a summery, happy video would be really perfect for this track as we were approaching hotter months of the year!  For this reason, we decided to shoot in Portugal and create something with really vibrant colours and a positive energy.  The end result was a ‘flipbook’ type of effect, with lots of snapshots played in quick succession, giving the feel of holiday memories.  The pictures were interspersed with performance videos of me in different coloured bikini tops and pop-ups of the key lyrics in the song.  We focused our scenes on the most quintessentially summery things like sangria, the beach, the pool and partying to create the most fun snapshots we could!  Also, as the song is about love and girl power, I couldn’t help but add some heart shaped sunglasses and a heart shaped rubber ring!

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