She's from Leominster, lived in Kidderminster and has now set up home in Leeds.
"I go out with two sets, one is contemporary singer/songwriter and one is strictly blues/boogie. I have released a solo album on the Joanna of all original blues, RnB, boogie and ballads called 'Hard Driving'. One song took its inspiration from a criminal on the run who said he was gonna 'dodge it and scarper' and I thought it a great title!
There are songs from real love affairs - some went good - some went bad. Feelings of anger, lust, love, resentment, sadness, happiness - just about all emotions which is what the blues is all about - emotion and soul. They are accompanied by me on the piano - sometimes playing laid back, sometimes right in yer face.
In my early years I was lucky enough to play on stage with Buddy Guy and it was an awesome experience. I held a residency at Ronnie Scott's for a while and have done nearly every blues club and pub in the UK. I gig most nights and live, eat and breathe music!
My singer/songwriter music draws on roots, folk, blues, pop, latin, jazz and funk. Quite a diverse range, I know, but I believe I have my own sound really that can't exactly be classified!
I have also produced a band album with producer Skip McDonald who has worked with the Sugar Hill Gang, Sinead O'Connor, Miles Davis to name a few. I was put in touch with Skip by Steve Barker of On The Wire radio.
My influences include Nina Simone, Otis Spann, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, John Martyn and Massive Attack. My favourite song is 'Change Is Gonna Come' by Otis Redding. The saddest, most emotional song longing for change. My best moment so far has been producing the album with Skip McDonald. Skip has been a rock to me and inspired me to work hard every day and has taught me loads about music and how to drink tequila neat without being sick.
You can listen to all the latest music from across the two counties on the Friday Session Introducing... every week from 7pm, on BBC Hereford & Worcester.
last updated: 16/01/2009 at 23:15
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