ONLINE MUSIC LESSONS

We’re thrilled to launch music lessons! You can now book a private guitar, piano, singing or songwriting lesson with one of our incredible tutors – the perfect gift for the music-enthusiast in your life! Or, if you’re feeling indecisive, we also sell gift vouchers.

Our tutors are some of the most accomplished, in-demand musicians in the UK, who have worked with global music stars, and performed on world stages. Read on to find out more about them.

Online guitar lessons gift experiences

Guitar lessons are taken by Jo Caleb, who is one of the UK’s most sought-after 7-string guitarists. He’s also a much in-demand producer, having worked with the likes of Beyoncé, Brandy, Craig David and The Sugababes.

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Dan Swana takes piano lessons. Dan is an incredible singer/songwriter, who has performed at Wembley and the O2, and alongside the likes of Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder and worked with Sting.

Online singing lessons gift experiences

If you want to improve your vocal chops, then you will be in no better hands then one of the X Factor coaches – Ulrika Bergelind. A phenomenal vocalist, Ulrika’s also worked as a backing vocalist for Imelda May, James Bay and Alfie Boe.

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Finally, if you fancy yourself as a songwriter then Nate Williams takes the songwriting lesson. A member of Jamiroquai and a multi-instrumentalist, Nate has released several original singles and EP’s, as well as working with Katy B, Vula and recently join Steve Winwood’s band.

Click HERE to book a lesson.

MUSIC MATTERS WITH SIPPRELL

Sipprell Feature

Sipprell is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. One of the UK’s brightest RnB talents, she has been championed by BBC 1Xtra, and her latest EP ‘Bad History’ has received huge critical acclaim. In the early stages of her career she was backing vocalist for Lily Allen and Leona Lewis, she’s since gone on to support PJ Morton and Roy Ayers.

The first time I heard Sipprell sing live, I was completely mesmerised. Her voice was flawless, and technically outstanding – I felt I was witness to serious artistry. Her vocal runs are off the scale, and she has been compared to vocal heavy-weights, Aaliyah and Mariah Carey.

‘Bad History’ is a stunning body of work, featuring some deeply personal songs about loss, love whilst her track ‘Planes’ focuses on the serious issue of climate change. It includes tracks produced by Chloe Martini and Lophiile (H.E.R), and the strings (performed and arranged by Sipprell herself) are a definite highlight.

A self-confessed perfectionist, Sipprell’s music is pretty much as close to perfect as you can get.

What music was playing in your early years? I heard a lot of different styles of music playing at home- The Beatles, Queen, Jimmy Hendrix to name a few, as well as a lot of classical piano from my dad. 

What were you listening to during your teenage years? A lot of RnB- Brandy, Aaliyah, Destiny’s child.. and UK garage, So solid crew ta ta ta! 

What do you enjoy listening to now? I’m still rinsing Lucky Daye’s album. I’m also enjoying Phoebe Bridgers at the moment.

What first got you into music? My mum used to sing, so that was definitely my first influence. I played violin and piano from when I was 6, but I always knew singing was what I wanted to do for life. 

How does music typically feature in your day? I always play music when cooking or working out (a very rare occurrence these days!) I try to pick up my violin and guitar most days but it doesn’t always happen. I also write and record as much as I can from home.

What was the last thing you listened to? Sault’s new album. 

Is there an artist we might not know of but should listen to? Lex Amor. 

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What was the most memorable gig you went to? Teedra Moses at Jazz Café was pretty unforgettable! And PJ Morton at the same venue…2 of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. Gabriel Garzon-Montano at Village underground blew me away also. No way I can list just 1! 

What album/song reminds you of falling in love? Kacey Musgraves- Golden Hour.

Do you ever use music to change your mood? I tend to use music to enhance whatever mood I’m in. Or use it as a tool for my emotions that might be stuck. So if I need a good cry I tend to put on sad music. A couple of times that has gone badly wrong and I put myself in a bit of a hole of sadness haha! But normally it works well. If I’m ever feeling like I need a confidence boost I tend to put on Beyoncé. Done that since I was a little girl. She makes me feel invincible!

Do you play an instrument, and if so what? And how often do you play/practice? Violin, I should practice every day, but if I have a guitar gig coming up I usually focus on that. I don’t practice either enough to be honest! I’ve also been meaning to get back into piano lately. 

What album/s have had the greatest impact on you, and why? Brandy- Full Moon, Mariah Carey-Butterfly, Lauryn Hill -Miseducation. Aaliyah- Aaliyah. They all helped shape me as a vocalist and writer. 

Describe your creative writing process. It can start in different ways and depends if I’m collaborating with a producer or not. On my own, I can start with guitar chords and write to that. If I’m with a producer or musician, my favourite way is to just press record and freestyle melodies, and hopefully the concept and some lyrics come with it. Some songs come quickly without trying, other songs are a lot more laborious to complete. 

What’s the best thing about being an artist? There’s nothing better than creating music and then having a new finished song/project to share with the world. I really enjoy collaborating with great musicians/producers but can also find it so therapeutic to get lost in my own little world. As well as the creative process, I love performing and connecting with a live audience.  

What’s most difficult about being an artist? Self-criticism, perfectionism. The finishing stage of making music usually gets pretty obsessive for me and that’s the least enjoyable part. Also, social media can be draining and take away from creativity- but there’s pressure on artists to keep churning out content on there.   

Is there a song or album that got you through a difficult time? I guess because I write, that’s usually what helps me through. Bob Marley always lifts my spirits though. 

What has a greater impact on you – lyrics or melody? I probably hear both at once but will focus slightly more on melody and vibe when I first hear something. Over time though I love to dig into the lyrics and go deeper into the meaning of the song.

Kitchen discos? What’s on your playlist? Hell yes. D’angelo, Lucky Daye, Little Dragon, to name a few. 

Why does music matter to you? I’ve never known life without it and it’s a massive part of me. It’s a great escape from all the problems the world is constantly facing, and life would be pretty dry without it!

Anything you want to tell us about? I just released my EP, ‘Bad History’. So you can check that out!

CLICK HERE to buy Sipprell’s latest EP.

CLICK HERE to hear recent interview with Rosie Lowe on Foundation FM. 

We’ve also put together a playlist of some of Sipprell’s influences and inspirations, you can hear it HERE.

For every ‘Music Matters’ feature we publish we will be donating £20 to music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, who we’ve been supporting since 2018.

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

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

  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.

MUSIC MATTERS WITH ALAIN DE BOTTON

Alain de Botton

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Alain started writing at a young age, publishing his first book ‘Essays on Love’ when he was only 23. He’s since gone on to write several books covering subjects as varied as status anxiety, architecture, travel, and love.

I first discovered his writing when I was in my early twenties. I read ‘The Consolations of Philosophy’ and instantly became a fan.

Alain is also Co-Founder of The School Of Life, an organisation helping people to become more resilient and lead fulfilled lives.

If anyone can offer consolation during this global pandemic, Alain certainly can. During the first lockdown he recorded a podcast with Elizabeth Day on ‘embracing vulnerability in the age of coronavirus’, which provided me with enormous relief and comfort. I highly recommend you give it a listen.

We spoke to Alain back in March just before lockdown started, and he told us about his musical inspirations, and what the great philosophers had to say about music. Following our involuntary hibernation due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to finally put this out for you to read. Enjoy!

What music was playing in your early years? Mostly Mozart and Vivaldi.

What were you listening to during your teenage years? Mostly Genesis.

What do you enjoy listening to now? Mostly Genesis and J.S. Bach.

How does music typically feature in your day? It comes on in the car.

What was the last thing you listened to? REM.

Is there an artist we might not know of but should listen to? Natalie Merchant.

What was the most memorable gig you went to? Natalie Merchant in the Albert Hall: she was moving and energising.

What album/song reminds you of falling in love? The Sundays and their song ‘When I’m Thinking About You’.

Do you ever use music to change your mood? Bach is wonderful at creating a feeling of awesome redemption, especially the last movement of the Mass in B Minor. Perspective returns. 

What album/s have had the greatest impact on you, and why? Genesis’s album ‘Seconds Out’ showed me how you could combine huge intellectual ambition and compelling tunes.

Do you sing to/with your children. If yes, does it alter their behaviour/mood?  I used to play them music, but now – as teenagers – the idea fills them with horror.

Is there a song or album that got you through a difficult time? Bruce Springsteen’s live albums are perennially consoling and profound. I’m Going Down is a perfect one for tragic moments.

What has a greater impact on you – lyrics or melody? Melody.

Kitchen discos? What’s on your playlist? Not enough. But it would need to be Abba and Tori Amos.

Do philosophers have anything to teach us about music? Arthur Schopenhauer proposes that music touches us by speaking directly in the language of the emotions, avoiding touching reason. It is therefore, in his eyes, the most subtle and persuasive of all arts.

Why does music matter to you? It is compressed emotion and articulates feelings that would otherwise have remained out of touch. It gives dimensions to my soul.

CLICK HERE to visit Alain de Botton’s website.

CLICK HERE to visit The School Of Life.

CLICK HERE to hear Elizabeth Day interview Alain.

We’ve also put together a playlist of some of Alain’s influences and inspirations, you can hear it HERE.

For every ‘Music Matters’ feature we publish we will be donating £20 to music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, who we’ve been supporting since 2018.

MUSIC MATTERS WITH FRIDA TOURAY

Lianne La Havas Backing Vocalist, Frida Touray

Originally hailing from Sweden, Frida Touray is one of the UK’s most exciting and talented singer-songwriters. Possessing an out of this world voice (which has been compared to that of Queen B herself – Beyoncé), and with some serious performance credentials to her name, Frida is definitely one to watch.

Her band, Native Dancer, has been described as ‘the moody lovechild of Weather Report and Beyoncé’, and is a rich mix of Jazz, Hip-Hop and Soul (with plenty more in between.) They’ve performed at SXSW, Love Supreme Festival, Somerset House and WOMAD, and have been championed by Jamie Cullum and Gilles Peterson.

Frida is backing vocalist for Lianne La Havas (with whom she supported Coldplay!), and co-wrote ‘Green Papaya’ on Lianne’s self-titled album released earlier this year. She also co-wrote and performed on ‘Signs’ – a track by Jordan Rakei, featuring American rapper, Common. Plus she’s performed backing vocals for Liam Gallagher, Cinematic Orchestra, NAO and James Bay.

Native Dancer release their debut album, TIDES, produced by Miles James (Michael Kiwanuka) on October 23rd. Ahead of its release, we spoke to Frida about her musical influences, her creative writing process and whether she enjoys a kitchen disco 🙂

We hope you love this feature with Frida Touray as much as we do, and we encourage you to buy Native Dancer’s debut album (link at bottom of feature). Support music – it matters.

What music was playing in your early years? Both my mom and dad loved reggae so there was loads of that. And my mom is a big blues and rock fan so lots of Credence Clearwater Revival, Led Zeppelin and BB King in our house! 

What were you listening to during your teenage years? A lot of Rnb and mainstream pop!

What do you enjoy listening to now? Everything I can get my ears on. My playlists are wild in terms of genre which is just like I like it. A lot of cross genre music is what I find really beautiful and interesting. 

What first got you into music? I have always sung and I’ve never seen it as an option to do anything else really. I always knew that’s what I was going to be doing with my life, and that knowing in itself has been a real comfort and guiding light for me especially when I was younger.

How does music typically feature in your day? I generally don’t go anywhere without having either music or a podcast playing in my ears. Always when I’m in the bath and def always whilst cooking. 

Native Dancer Vocalist, Frida Touray

What was the last thing you listened to? Leif Vollebeck. Beautiful artist! 

Is there an artist we might not know of but should listen to? Leif Vollebeck. Gabriel Garzon-Montano. 

What was the most memorable gig you went to? Lianne La Havas, whom I sing backing vocals for, supported Coldplay on their last world tour and first stop was a three week tour in South America. The people, food and cities we went to were magical. They had a big production on that tour which meant we stayed in each place for a couple of days which is unheard of when you’re touring normally. Samba dancing in Rio is a memory I hold dear. 

What album/song reminds you of falling in love? Beyoncé’s self titled album ’cause I fell in love with someone when she dropped that one and it’s such a sexy intimate album in many ways. 

Do you ever use music to change your mood? I tend to use music to enhance whatever mood I’m in. Or use it as a tool for my emotions that might be stuck. So if I need a good cry I tend to put on sad music. A couple of times that has gone badly wrong and I put myself in a bit of a hole of sadness haha! But normally it works well. If I’m ever feeling like I need a confidence boost I tend to put on Beyoncé. Done that since I was a little girl. She makes me feel invincible!

Do you play an instrument, and if so what? And how often do you play/practice? I play a bit of guitar and I am trying to really get loads better. Don’t practise enough to be honest!

What album/s have had the greatest impact on you, and why? That’s a really hard question but one that I can remember clearly is Alicia Keys- Songs in A minor. I was 11 when that came out and I remembered my mind was blown. She crossed genres and was so original and graceful. And the songs were incredible and I still listen to that album. It inspired me to know you could mix rnb and make it sound like nothing I ever heard on the radio. And have it be cool and elegant. 

Describe your creative writing process. At the moment, I am having a bit of writers block which feels awful. I always know it passes. I usually wait for my emotions to be somewhat in turmoil before anything brilliant comes out which can be really unhealthy at times so what I am trying to do now is get into a practise. Even if I don’t feel like it I try and do something every day.  My lyrics are always written in some kind of transit..on the bus, on flights, out walking etc. 

What’s the best thing about being an artist? That what I dedicate my life to literally forces me to peel off layers of myself..to dig deeper..and to get to share that with other people and move them. In doing that, you develop connections with people. Which is what makes life so beautiful. 

What’s most difficult about being an artist? My subconscious need for emotional disorder. 

What has a greater impact on you – lyrics or melody? Melody.

Kitchen discos? What’s on your playlist? Dancehall and 90’s Hip Hop. 

Anything you want to tell us about? My band Native Dancer has an album coming out 23rd October and I’m so excited for people to finally hear what we’ve been working on. You can pre-order the digital album and the vinyl from our website.

CLICK HERE to buy Native Dancer’s digital album or Vinyl.

CLICK HERE to book to see Native Dancer LIVE at The Jazz Cafe.

We’ve also put together a playlist of some of Frida’s influences and inspirations, you can hear it HERE.

Frida also fronts SG band ‘Mama Soulshine’ CLICK HERE to book or find out more info.

For every ‘Music Matters’ feature we publish we will be donating £20 to music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, who we’ve been supporting since 2018.

MY LOVE FOR MUSIC

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“For me, and for many others, music is medicinal.”

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


MUSIC MATTERS WITH ANNABEL WILLIAMS

Annabel Williams is a world renowned vocal coach and much sought after vocalist. She has been head vocal coach for X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent since 2012, and has coached stars including Ellie Goulding, Amy Winehouse, Katy Perry and Alison Moyet, to name a few. She’s also a phenomenally talented vocalist in her own right and has worked as a backing vocalist for the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Nicole Scherzinger and Al Jarreau, as well as headlining sell-out shows of her own at world famous Jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s, and Pizza Express Dean Street.

Annabel and I (Sofia) met as students on a vocal course in London. When I first heard Annabel sing, not only was I completely blown away by her knockout voice, but also her musicianship which was off the scale! She possessed a musicality that I’d not witnessed before – she just had ‘it’! Music was a language that seemed to come completely naturally to her. Whilst still on the course, Annabel encouraged me to go with her to NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra), I was even lucky enough to have a few lessons with her (for a measly fiver, apparently!) The thing I loved most about Annabel though – ridiculous talent aside – was her warmth, encouragement, and unrelenting desire to see people thrive.

As part of our ‘Music Matters’ series, I asked Annabel about her musical influences, what was playing in her childhood, about her amazing new vocal app that reached Number 1 in the Apple charts, and so much more! Grab a cuppa and enjoy!

What music was playing in your early years? My parents were pro musicians so Django Reinhardt, all jazz singers and James Taylor.

What were you listening to during your teenage years? A mixture of Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald and PJ & Duncan! Haha!

What do you enjoy listening to now? I go through phases, but my heroes are Chaka Khan, Freddie Mercury and Prince.

What first got you into music? I think when you’re a natural musician, you don’t have a choice! It’s just ‘in you’ from an early age. I was always obsessed with singing and harmonies and trying to sound like my influences!

How does music typically feature in your day? Omg, constantly! My whole life is arrangements, coaching, recording and listening to music! I’m incredibly lucky.

What was the last thing you listened to? Falling by Harry Styles and I was doing a Little Mix arrangement for them.

Is there an artist we might not know of but should listen to? Yes! Natalie Williams (no relation), she’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with. She’s an artist in her own right and a songwriter. Check her out on Spotify/Apple. She’s released loads of stuff.

What was the most memorable gig you went to? Stevie Wonder at the O2 about 15 years ago. I cried from the moment he walked out to the moment he left the stage. It was like a supreme being was in the room. I love him like no other!

What album/song reminds you of falling in love? I recently worked with the fantastic Niall Horan on the release of his wonderful new album ‘Heartbreak Weather’ and honestly the whole album is like an emotional rollercoaster! He’s such a talented boy, it was an honour working with him and his band.

Do you ever use music to change your mood? Yes! When I’m cooking I listen to stuff like ‘Mr Big Stuff’ and ‘Cry To Me’ and pretend I’m in a film and dance around the kitchen haha, or when i need to switch off I put on massage music. I do the same for my contestants too on TV shows they’re feeling the pressure. Music definitely affects one’s mood.

What album/s have had the greatest impact on you, and why? Probably ‘Q’s Jook Joint – Quincy Jones. One of my heroes. It’s got everyone on there!

What’s most difficult about being a vocalist? I think performing in extremely difficult circumstances like occasions or when you’re ridiculously nervous but still have to deliver. No one knows what you’re feeling how you get through it apart from other singers! Breathing always gets me through and having a stern word with myself!

What has a greater impact on you – lyrics or melody? I’m definitely more of a melody kind of person. Also chords.A stunning chord progression can make me burst into tears instantly! Although what connects you to an actual song is ultimately the lyric. I love lyrics that are versatile enough to be adapted to each persons own journey. When they can make everyone feel like they are written specifically for them.

You’re one of the most sought after vocal coaches, does coaching give you as much of a buzz as performing? Yes! To be honest when I do one I miss the other. I still perform regularly (covid aside!) as it’s so important to me as vocal coach. I think it’s so important to practice what you preach. You have to keep doing everything and pushing yourself otherwise it’s easy to lose confidence in these things. When I am working with a client or contestant on a perfomance or recording and they nail it, it honestly is the best feeling. I’m like the proudest mummy ever! I’m often in tears back stage when something you’ve been working so hard on for weeks actually comes together and pays off. I love it.

Anything you want to tell us about? I made a warm up app for singers during lockdown and it was released in June. It went straight to number one music app in the apple charts and i couldn’t be happier about how well it’s been received! There was nothing like this out there and I wanted to create something that was universal for singers like myself to use before shows gigs etc but also for beginners and aspiring singers of the future. There are 3 levels so something for everyone and each exercise has a really fun fully produced backing track to sing along to! I’ve included a video of me explaining about each exercise and so the idea is it’s like i’m there in the room coaching you it is available on all platforms.

CLICK HERE to download Annabel’s amazing Vocal App on Apple.

or CLICK HERE to download it on Google.

CLICK HERE to visit Annabel’s website

We’ve also put together a playlist of some of Annabel’s influences and inspirations, you can hear it HERE.

For every ‘Music Matters’ feature we publish we will be donating £20 to music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins, who we’ve been supporting since 2018.

EVENTS ROUND UP JANUARY

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Photo Credit: Andrew Burton

Way back in 2009, we worked with restauranteur, Sam Harrison, booking live music at his stylish Chiswick restaurant, Sam’s Brasserie. Not long after, we officially launched our business! Sam recently launched his new venture, Sam’s Riverside, in Hammersmith. Sam’s Riverside overlooks the Thames and is situated adjacent to the famous Riverside Studios. We went to see it in December, and it is absolutely stunning! We were delighted to work with Sam again, providing a DJ for their New Year’s Eve celebrations. We can’t wait to return to Sam’s Riverside to sample the food. Sam’s Brasserie was always a firm favourite of ours, so we’re thrilled that he’s back!

Click HERE to enquire about live music/DJ’s for your restaurant, bar or hotel.

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We recently worked with Universal Music providing our black piano shell for a music video shoot. Our piano shells are becoming increasingly popular for video shoots and events. Baby grand piano shells are light-weight and super easy to set up. If you haven’t got a piano at your venue, or you require one for a photo or video shoot, they’re a fantastic option. Here’s our white shell in situ, for a recent video shoot for singer/songwriter, John Galea.

Click HERE to enquire about booking one of our piano shells for your event or shoot.

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Cuban band, Havana Kings, performed live at The Hoxton in Southwark on NYE. They performed at their fabulous rooftop seafood restaurant, Seabird – which boasts London’s longest oyster list! They got the party started with some seriously juicy cuban rhythms!

Click HERE to enquire about booking Havana Kings.

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One of our DJ’s performed at uber-cool East London venue, Shoreditch Studios (Samuel L Jackson and Gwyneth Paltrow recently had photoshoots there – need we say more?!), for an event for financial publishing and advisory group, Citywire.

For DJ enquiries, click HERE.

EVENTS ROUND UP OCTOBER

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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SG artist, Adam, performed at an event at Baur au Lac Hotel, in Zurich (lucky him!) 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 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.

Soul Singer

Soul Singer

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