1. What is your artist name?
2. How would you describe what you do?
I write, produce and perform eclectic acoustic piano and electronica music
3. How long have you being performing/working?
I started writing my own material 7 years ago, but I've been singing for as long as I can remember!
4. What has been the highlight of your career to date?
Winning a British Music Student Award, which was presented to me by Edith Bowman at the O2 Academy in Birmingham – that was a lovely surprise! From a personal perspective, I'm really thrilled with the results of my second album, Riptides, which was released on the 31st July. It feels like a really cohesive body of work and I really enjoyed writing it.
5. Have you worked/performed for/with anyone famous?
Sadly not so far. I hope to change that soon.
6. If you could perform/work with anyone, who would it be?
I'd love to work with Sonya Madan and Glenn Johansson (formerly of Echobelly, now Calm of Zero) as their songwriting was a massive formative influence on me – I harbour a secret (until now!) desire to support them on tour! And of course I'd love to work with Tori Amos, although the prospect would be utterly terrifying!
7. What is your guilty pleasure?
Downton Abbey and peanut M&Ms!
8. Tell us one secret about yourself.
Now, if I do that, it won't be a secret anymore, will it? ;)
9. How and why did you get into this profession?
I love singing, and after several years of singing on the cabaret circuit in London I decided it was time to start writing my own material. So I bought a Korg keyboard and started writing. I had to relearn how to play, as I hadn't touched a piano in over a decade, but it soon came back.
10. When you're not working what do you like to do to chill out?
I enjoy aikido – I'm only one belt away from black belt now after 3 years, and it's a great way to keep fit and release tension. I do a lot of walking, and I like fantasy games like Skyrim and Star Wars. I'm a total geek, really!
Her influences include Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Ella Fitzgerald, Echobelly, Depeche Mode and Mesh, and she writes for two major genres: electronica/synth-pop, and acoustic singer-songwriter. She has been known to write songs about subjects as diverse as zombies and string.
She has written and produced two albums, Beggars and Blues (2010) and Riptides (2013) under her own label, Tiny Cat Records, and has been played on BBC Radio several times. She won the ATM North Songwriting Competition with “Voodoo Violet”, a song based on a character from Dan Schaffer's comic “Dogwitch” and was awarded a British Music Student Award at this year's awards ceremony at the O2 Academy in Birmingham. She is releasing a digital electronica EP, Quantum Ghostlands, before the end of the year.