2018 was a fantastic year for me. There were more great reviews in for ‘Look Back and Love’, live dates with a brilliant Scottish band and Wendy Kirkland, and a new collaboration with Infinite Sunday. My collaborations with Joe Mulholland have resulted in my music now being used as teaching material within Berklee College of Music, USA, and Fresh Sync New York now list my music in their library. There have been over half a million views of my videos online.
My new innovation is putting up playlists on Spotify, and these are starting to generate interest. So I am looking forward to 2019 and promoting these playlists more.
My new song, Happy Christmas Love Has Comewas released on 17 December and I am excited about the interest this track has generated. Many thanks to my band members in Infinite Sunday, Ian Salmon and Mike Varty. It was a brilliant session, with a very high octane creative atmosphere.
I’d love to tell you about my new track ‘Save the Children Now’, released on 17 May: I am very excited about it! I am able to donate 70% of the income from this song to charities for children in need in the UK and internationally, in perpetuity. The song was co-written with Joe Mulholland and Larion Stolk, and it strongly reflects my connections with Gravesend, the sound engineer and backing vocalist being residents of Gravesend as well: Karl Addy and Gary Cordice.
I have now also renegotiated my distribution of my Christmas song ‘Happy Christmas Everyone Love Has Come’. I am committed to donating a significant part of my earnings to charities for homeless people and children in need internationally of all faiths and persuasions.
Please help the charities by buying the tracks and sharing the links.
I am particularly excited about a reworking of my seminal track The Dancer, which is currently being finalised for mastering at Abbey Road. This is a song that has always been incredibly important to me and it has now been re-arranged and updated for 2019 with some brand new writing. It has been a joy to work with the exceptionally talented Karl Addy on instruments and production to rework it into something really special.
I think this is the most important and exciting work I have ever done and I hope you enjoy it!
As a long time music educator as well as songwriter and performer, I am passionate about learning opportunities. My songs are already in use as teaching material at Berklee College of Music, USA, and I am now delighted to be going live with a new initiative in November to provide backing tracks for school children, community groups and amateur choirs, free of charge, with lesson plans.and other resources.
I am keen to expand this initiative in the future and trying to form a committee to help me develop it effectively.