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My debut album ISaidYesToEverything is a blend of emotionally-searing pop songs and soaring electronica - old school art with a wholly contemporary sound. Collaborators include superstar Idris Elba on “Come Alive” and producers such as Marius de Vries (Bjork, Rufus Wainwright). Featured guests are as diverse as Gary Clark (Danny Wilson/“Sing Street”), Lanterns on the Lakes Paul Gregory, 5xGrammy-winning vocalists The Swingles and living legend, saxophonist John Altman

The album contains a thrilling update of Joan Armatrading’s classic “Love and Affection.”  The forthcoming single “Puzzle Place” has a beautiful video (shot and animated with love in Rome and Moscow) which premieres on VEVO 11.11.16

I have not only been very lucky to have mega talented musical collaborators, but visual experts as well. Below is the album artwork which is showcasing the marvellous expertise of Nedim Nazerali and Maria Malone and . 

Like a Child now. READY.

Jon Rydningan just married a woman who radiates beauty like I’ve never seen before and I got to witness. 

Just look at them. 

 

Last time I saw Jon, it was when I was a brand new mum and I packed up my 6 month old baby, took her on the airplane to Norway where Jon rolled with the punches of baby-in-the-studio vibe and we wrote songs, including “Find Me” which is my favourite song on “I Said Yes To Everything” (My forever upcoming album that is not imaginary but very real and imminent, I promise). Supporting me in my songwriting as a new mum, those vulnerable days..that’s the kind of thing that makes a collaborator more like long lost brother. So. I’m very lucky. 

 

But before that, before everything now, on another trip to that gem of Norway,  back in 2008, we wrote a song called “Ready”. I am so happy that Jon and Eline have used it as an anthem for their love towards each other.   I remember so clearly what was in my head when I wrote those words back then. Like a baby, they came right out of me and then lived a life of their own. Dear song, last weekend you came back to me. You learned Swedish and Norwegian too. (Anita Skorgen, I thank you for your care). You carry the glow of the hearts you’ve touched, and now you’re telling me something new. I’m the child now, listening to my creation who is now older, wiser, and bigger than me. I’m holding you close this time. At least part of you should stick around with me and my guitar. Thank you for reminding me where we came from way back then. 

Ashby 20

The highlight of my week was taking part in the Ashby 20. It's a 20 mile run that is organised by the running club in the town where I live. Lot's of people use it as a training run in preparation for the marathon season. I'm preparing for my first marathon, which will be in 3 weeks in Rome! I've made a few home- friends in my town along the way who are a big support to me in my training. I'd like to encourage you to help me to support them by donating Whiz Kids. It's an organisation in the U.K that works extremely hard to improve the lives of disabled children. 
My daughter took this picture. That's my friend Scott McLean handing me a drink. He flew in all the way from NYC for a visit.  And you can hear Gavin, Darwin's dad,  cheering me on to overtake the person in front of me. The sun was shining enough to get a tan. Pretty much, I just ran with a silly grin for 2 hours and 36 minutes. I was running with my eyes closed around mile 14 for a while. O yeah, and Ross called around mile 15 which happened to be a bit of a quiet stretch of road.  I had my phone with me so I could check my pace. Was nice to have a little run chat with him for a bit. BFF Emma and family cheered for me at the end too.  I'm feeling settled now. I knew home was at my feet. In the last few years, it sometimes takes me a beat to remember that, but today it was easy.