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Describe your music/style in one sentence.
My music style would probably be described as a mixture of folk and pop. I seem to have a consistent element of folk in my original songs.

Can you pinpoint what initially inspired you to get into music?
I’ve loved singing from before I can remember, and was always encouraged from a young age to sing and join choirs, stuff like that. I just always knew I loved to sing and it made me feel happy and my family are all music lovers so I grew up listening to the best: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Blondie, Bowie.

You reference a wide range of influences from The Beatles to Alicia Keys, how do you think these eclectic influences have shaped your sound?
I love how The Beatles can make a simple four chord song and just turn it into one of the greatest songs ever. I love the passion and soul in Alicia Key’s performance and her lyrics just speak to people. So when I create my original music, I have little bits of inspiration from all these different artists with different ideas and elements.

You also post covers on social media from a range of artists, do you think covering songs allows you to be creative and put your own spin on them?
Yes definitely, I love learning a new song and changing it up a bit whether it be the melody or the key. I’m most comfortable when singing in my higher range so I find myself transposing the key for a lot of my covers to be higher to suit me. It then sounds quite different from the original which I suppose people may find interesting as well.

What were the inspirations/events that led you to writing your two singles?
I wrote my two singles from personal experiences and stories from people around me, you know friends that have been through certain situations. Both of my songs are kind of telling the story after an ending of a relationship and still holding onto feelings, but knowing that ending it is the right thing I suppose. I think we’ve all been there at some point in life and I just wanted to write songs that most people could relate to.

Why is music so important to you?
Music is therapy for me, whatever I’m doing and however I’m feeling I love listening to music. It makes people so happy and brings people together and I just think that’s beautiful. How amazing is the atmosphere at a festival when everyone is just singing along? I love that.

If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
Probably Lianne La Havas or Alicia keys!

Do you have a favourite song you love to perform live – one of your own or a cover?
I love singing my song You Really Got A Hold On Me live, I think I perform it best because its my own and I really get into my feelings when singing it.

Is there a particular gig that you’ve attended that has stayed with you?
I saw Ocean Alley in London and they were so good. I love them and I was right at the front. I love their song Knees, and they performed it last and everything about the gig was just amazing!

@fionalennonmusic

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