Christmas Gift Guide

Here is our Music-Inspired Christmas Gift Guide for 2020!

Selection of music inspired christmas gifts, including albums, books, gift vouchers, fashion and interiors.
  1. ‘When December Comes’ / Nate Williams EP (Digital Download) £7
  2. ‘A Little Bit Of Christmas’ / Natalie Williams CD £15
  3. ‘The Music I Saw’ / Michael Putland Photography Book £55
  4. The Vocal Coach App £9.99
  5. Jazz Cafe Tickets / Native Dancer (pictured) January 13th 2021 from £12.50
  6. Online Music Tuition & Gift Vouchers from £10
  7. Music Book Collection / Daunt Books £30.99
  8. ‘The Love Gift Box’ of biscuits / Lady Bakewell Park £24
  9. Rock & Soul Sweater / Disko Kids £40
  10. A Charlie Brown Christmas, Vince Guaraldi Trio (Vinyl) / Sleeve Notes Records £25
  11. Freddie Mercury Bauble / W.A. Green £17
  12. Musical Menageries Wooden Instruments / Conscious Craft £28
  13. Disco Ball Earrings / Tatty Devine £30
  14. Donation to music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins from £5

1, 2 & 10. Christmas doesn’t officially start in our household until the Christmas music goes on. Here are three fantastic albums/EP’s that are guaranteed to have you feeling festive. One of the UK’s most acclaimed soul/jazz vocalists, Natalie Williams (Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, Jacob Collier, Jessie J, Emeli Sande), released ‘A Little Bit of Christmas’ a couple of years ago, and it’s now a firm favourite of ours. For vinyl enthusiasts there’s ‘Charlie Brown’s Christmas’ from Sleeve Notes Records, and Jamiroquai band member and multi-instrumentalist, Nate Williams (no relation to Natalie), releases his debut Christmas EP on December 4th which will no doubt be a festive delight.

3. World-renowned photographer, Michael Putland, captured everyone from David Bowie to ABBA over his 50 year career. Sadly Michael passed away last year, not long after publishing ‘The Music I Saw’ – a book featuring some of his most iconic images. Some of his wonderful prints can also be purchased via his website.

4. Did you know you can gift apps? Just click the ‘Gift’ option when you go to buy the app on the App Store and the app will be delivered to the recipient of your choice. Annabel Williams, AKA ‘The Vocal Coach’ (Britains Got Talent, The X Factor, Pussycat Dolls, Katy Perry) has produced this fantastic vocal app – perfect for aspiring, or professional vocalists.

5. We can’t wait to get out and see live music again, and this is one show in particular we’d highly recommend you put to the top of your gig list. Native Dancer released their debut album last month, and it’s one of the most beautiful albums we’ve heard this year. With only a few tickets left though – you’ll have to grab your tickets quick!

6. We’ve recently launched online tuition as gifts. Book a lesson with one of the UK’s best musicians including Nate Williams (see above) who teaches songwriting, or get a singing lesson with X Factor coach, Ulrika Bjerelind. Or if you can’t decide, we also offer gift vouchers from £10 – £50.

7. Daunt Books sell this fantastic collection of music books which includes, Rough Ideas by Stephen Hough, Tracey Thorn’s Another Planet, and On Michael Jackson by Margo Jefferson.

8. Lady Bakewell Park make the most delicious biscuits on earth. Fact. Plus, their biscuits have the best messaging, from song lyrics like “you’re my wonderwall” to sweary biscuits like ‘Fuck Off 2020’ (my personal fav).

9. Disko Kids make music-inspired clothing, jewellery and prints for kids and adults, and we have been huge fans ever since their roller skates sweater became an instagram hit. I’ve kitted out the kids in their “We Are Family” T-shirts, and I’ve got my eye on this ‘Rock and Soul’ sweater which comes in über cool Khaki. Helen, who runs Disko Kids, is super lovely, and they also support charities including ‘Winston’s Wish’ and the ‘Alzheimers Society’ – another excellent reason to buy from them!

11. Freddie Mercury on your Christmas Tree. An essential purchase, no? If you’re an interiors enthusiast like me, then make sure you check out WA Green – their products are fab.

12. These gorgeous wooden musical instruments make perfect gifts for the mini-music makers in your life.

13. Disco ball earrings + Disko Kids sweater – surely a winning combination? And these are currently reduced from £35 to £30 so go grab a pair pronto!

14. We’ve been supporting Nordoff Robbins for two years now, and absolutely love what they do. They are the UK’s leading music therapy charity, reaching just under 12,000 vulnerable people in 2019. This year has certainly not been easy for charities, so supporting them has never been more urgent. Donations can start from as little as £5, and every penny really does help.

My Love For Music

Music and its therapeutic effects
Music and its therapeutic effects

I’ve written a piece about my love of music and it’s therapeutic effects, over on Clementine’s website.

Clementine is a fantastic wellness app that features a series of short hypnotherapy sessions designed to promote confidence, calm, and good quality sleep. Their nap session was my go-to after having twins! Head over to their website to find out more.

I also list my top 10 tracks (no easy feat), and the reasons behind my selection:

1. Home Again – Carole King
2. By The Time It Gets Dark – Mary Black
3. Sisters of Mercy – Leonard Cohen
4. Come a Little Closer/Wild Is The Wind – Shirley Horn
5. A Long Walk – @missjillscott
6. Knocks Me Off My Feet – Stevie Wonder
7. One Day Like This – @elbowofficial
8. Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
9. Harvest Moon – @emilia_martensson
10. With Your Eyes Closed – @danwildemusic

To read the full post, and to listen to my playlist, click HERE.

“One good thing about music; when it hits you, you feel no pain” Bob Marley

We support music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins. You can find out more HERE.

October Events Round Up

The past couple of months have been busy as ever with weddings, events and our London residencies. Take a look at what we’ve been up to.

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Photo by Pascal Debrunner on Unsplash

SG artist, Adam, performed at an event at Baur au Lac Hotel, in Zurich. Adam is a soul/blues singer-songwriter, inspired by legends like Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke. He performs solo (guitar/piano), and also with his band ‘JJ & The Soulfish’ Adam has performed at many prestigious venues, and most recently opened for Curtis Stigers.

Click HERE to enquire about booking Adam.

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We were delighted to work with Client Earth at a recent event they hosted at The Ned, on their gorgeous rooftop terrace. ClientEarth is a charity that uses the law to protect the planet. DJ Callum performed.

You can view all our DJ’s HERE.

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Dream Big Jazz Band performing at a wedding at Corinthia Hotel London
Photo credit: Jez Dickson

We’ve worked with lots of lovely wedding couples recently, with SG artists performing at several weddings at The Bingham Riverhouse, as well as at Ardington House and Kensington’s Private Members Club, Ognisko.

All SG artists are available to hire for weddings and corporate and private events. Click HERE to enquire.

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Heidi Vogel / Photo Credit: Leanne Dixon

Over the summer we worked with London’s oldest botanic garden, Chelsea Physic Garden. They hosted live jazz weekly, featuring SG artists including, Heidi (pictured), Leon and Michael.

SG artists are available for long or short term residencies. We have held residencies at venues including, Corinthia Hotel London, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Searcys, Sketch, Soho House Group, and Marriott Park Lane. If you would like to enquire about live music at your London venue, click HERE.

Nordoff Robbins

Nordoff Robbins

Nordoff Robbins

We believe that music can be life changing, and that it should be made accessible to everyone, especially people with life-limiting illnesses, physical disabilities or emotional challenges. So, we are absolutely thrilled to now be supporting Nordoff Robbins – the UK’s leading music therapy charity, who provide vital support to vulnerable and isolated people. They offer support through their open access centres, and alongside partner organisations.
For every private event now booked with Sound Generation, we will donate £5 to Nordoff Robbins.
If you would like to find out more about the wonderful work Nordoff Robbins do, click HERE.

Soho Farmhouse

We have been working with Soho House group for a few months now, with SG artists performing regularly at The Ned and White City House. We’re thrilled to now be working with Soho Farmhouse, on their new weekly live music nights, which will feature performances from different acts every Thursday from 7pm. Set on 100 acres of Oxfordshire countryside, Soho Farmhouse makes for a country retreat like no other, featuring cosy cabin accommodation, a whole host of outdoor pursuits, and plenty to ensure guests get some serious downtime too.

Soho Farmhouse

Soul singer, Daniel Walker, launches the nights this Thursday 6th December, followed by Mike Davies on December 13th and Louise Golbey on December 20th.

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Soul Singer

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