Thank you so much for spending some time with us here today at Bsquared Magazine. Where are you located now and where are you originally from?
My parents were from Ireland and I was born in Camden, North London, UK and I still live in London.
Who has been your greatest influence along your career?
There have been so many but I was very lucky to work with Sam Brown (Stop) early on in my career. She is an amazing singer and songwriter and she taught me so much, and thanks to her I got to work with amazing artists like Elton John, Edwin Starr, Rick Astley, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Daryl Hall, Jools Holland, Mica Paris, Lisa Stansfield, Paul Young, Tom Jones, Spinal Tap and Seal.
You have worked alongside icons such as Elton John and Boy George! How did those experiences shape your career and personal growth?
It was amazing to work them. They are completely unique artists and it was inspiring to be on the same stage as them. I grew up listening to Elton John, especially Your Song which is a timeless classic, and that inspired me to write my own songs. Boy George is not only a talented writer and singer but visually a work of art! They have both overcome major issues in their lives and that was very inspiring when I was dealing with my own demons.
What is your latest and greatest achievement?
I would have to say completing my EP Passion Led Us Here. I had co-written with so many wonderful artists in the past: Miro, Gary B, Activa, Jon O'Bir to name a few but working on my EP with French Original through the music charity Key Changes was one of those happy accidents at a very dark time in my life and it was so much fun to create work in a genre that I love. We had the same pop influences and it was really refreshing to write songs with him, he is such a talented all round musician, singer and producer.
What have been some of your greatest challenges?
My parents died when I was in my teens and I subsequently was diagnosed with anxiety and depression. Their deaths were very difficult for me to come to terms with and I spent many years drowning my sorrows with alcohol. I am now sober and have been for some time. In 2019 I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and that was another great challenge in my life but so far I have made a good recovery and I am now enjoying life once again.
What would you say to your younger self if you could?
I would say reach out when you are in trouble and finding life hard to cope with. There is no shame in admitting that you are not OK.
What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
Seeing my friends and family again! It has been a strange year so far due to Covid 19. We are so lucky that we have the technology to keep in touch but it would be so nice to be in the same room as people again. It would be great too to be able to sing and play live in front of an audience and hopefully we will be able to do that again soon. There is nothing as uplifting as hearing live music.
Any advice for others following in your footsteps?
Learn from everyone you work with and be passionate about what you do and if something doesn’t work the first time, don’t give up!
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