Introducing .... Helen Sanderson-White
Find out more about the Buckinghamshire-based singer, pianist, and songwriter.
Helen regularly plays gigs and festivals across the country including appearances at the Lark In The Park, Islington, The White Horse, Brixton, 'Unplugged and Intimate' at The Cellar Bar, Bracknell and the New Eden Arts Festival.
She released her debut album on Houndsville Records in 2004 entitled 'Conversations With The Heart' and in November 2006, she released her second album 'Fallen But Not Fatal' on her own label 'Little Eliza Music".
Her music has been described as "Beautiful, with just enough of a slight dark edge" (Liquidscreamer, July 2006).
Helen's voice has been compared to Julianne Regan of 'All About Eve' fame, but when asked who she sounds like, she always replies "I sound like me!".
How would you describe your style of music?
It depends on the day! It’s mostly pop, soul and acoustic with occasional folk!
What would you say are your musical influences?
I used to listen to a lot of Kate Bush and Lisa Loeb when I was growing up. I also love Sting, Sarah McLachlan, Julia Fordham and Alanis Morrisette.
How did you get to this point in your career?
I started singing when I was about three-years-old and my parents couldn’t shut me up! I started playing the piano when I was five and went on to have singing lessons in my teens and eventually went off to do a music degree! The rest as they say is history!
Of all the songs you have written, what’s your current favourite and why?
‘Not Even God’ on my second album ‘Fallen But Not Fatal’. It took 20 minutes to write, but months to accumulate the idea.
What type of gig do you most like to play and why?
I love playing all types of gigs! I most enjoy it when Rachael and Liz are able to perform with me as well.
What’s your most memorable gig and why?
My first album launch concert in 2004. I couldn’t believe that I’d actually finished the album, and was singing the songs to my friends and family. We had a really good night and the building was packed!
What’s your fan base like? What group of people would you say you appealed to most?
My fan base has people of all ages in it. My music is quite retro and Radio 2 – so anyone who loves that.
What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever done / sent to you?
Many years ago I was singing at a conference, after the gig I went to have a shower – about ten minutes later a lady walked into the changing rooms and asked for my autograph while I was still showering!
I was born with six fingers on one hand! The sixth finger had no bone in it, so the Doctor tied a piece of cotton around it and a week later it fell off!
If you could record a collaboration with ANYONE - who would it be and why?
George Michael! What an amazing voice!
What’s the band’s ultimate ambition or what’s your dream?
To get signed and make a lot more albums. I’d love to go on tour as well.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?!
My latest album ‘Fallen But Not Fatal’ is available now from www.overplay.com/hsandersonwhite
last updated: 10/09/07
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