WELCOME to you – and hello again, GIGS!
2020? WHAT a year. Such disruption to all areas of our lives. And an appalling time for professional musicians. In late 2019 I was performing in Paris and in Miami with Synergy Vocals; in early 2020, also with Synergy, I sang in a work by Ravi Shankar at the Royal Festival Hall in London. But my work came to a crashing halt after a session (for a massive Hollywood movie) at Abbey Road on 13 March 2020.
During the quiet year of 2020 I reflected on my singing life. Quite apart from live performances as a soloist and in ensembles in many different parts of the world, between 2001 and 2016 (I must update my list with the 2017-20 ones!) I sang on the soundtracks of over 120 movies and the albums of more than 50 artists. It’s odd – you give of your best on a big project, then quietly move on and do the next. So it feels good actually to quantify the work, and to write it here.
And it feels VERY good to be on the brink of travels to The Netherlands, Germany and France in Oct/Nov 2021, for real, actual, in-person, onstage performances! But if you’d like to see and hear something right here, right now, here’s a short film by the Guardian (which features my performance of ‘Stay Awake’ from Mary Poppins), some songs by Ben Dawson, and some clips from one of the Julie Andrews concerts I did with Benjamin Pope and Sinfonia Lahti. And if you’d like to have a listen to some snippets from my mellow album gentle rain, please go right ahead. Happy listening!