An Update on my Pledge Campaign

As you may have read, PledgeMusic has been dealing with financial issues that have resulted in late payment to artists whose fans have pledged money via the direct-to-fan and crowdfunding platform. I am very disappointed to report I have had no direct response regarding my project. It now means that the release of my upcoming EP “Edge of Love” is being disrupted and delayed. An initial statement from the company was issued last month as an increasing number of artists went public about the late payment issues and the impact they are having on them. Up until now my first experience using PledgeMusic has been very positive. Thanks to my fans, I have had huge amounts of interest in the EP and was thrilled to have exceeded my target. As part of the campaign I offered special rewards such as signed guitars, CDs, handwritten lyrics and gig posters, as well as unique experiences such as voice and guitar lessons and VIP tickets to the EP launch. Unfortunately I haven’t yet received any payment or concrete information from Pledge and I am not alone. Many artists and managers with current Pledge campaigns are eager for news as soon as possible, so that they can decide whether or not to call off those campaigns and find an alternative way to take pre-orders and allow fan-funding. As an independent artist I am relying on these payments so I can fulfil all fan purchases – this has been out of my hands. 

Here is the most recent statement from them: https://www.pledgemusic.com/blog/a-statement-from-pledgemusic?referrer=carousel_article_

There has been uproar from musicians who have been united in finding it unacceptable that PledgeMusic has failed to pass on the funds raised by fans to the artist. Lots of major artists have also been affected, including Jesus Jones and Fastball. The Cardigans, The Dandy Warhols, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Ladytron have also been running campaigns. The company is now looking for a strategic partner or buyer which could safeguard the future of the Pledge business, while also assuring that all artists currently owed money would get paid in full. I truly hope Pledge will meet its obligations. I will keep you updated as much as I can. Thank you so much for all your support and patience. It really does mean a lot.

February 6 – Following on from this, today I received a general message from Pledge reiterating what they have stated on their website:

Thank you getting in touch, and please accept my sincere apologies for the continued inconvenience.

As I’m sure you can appreciate we are experiencing a high volume of enquiries at the moment. We appreciate the frustration you must feel and sincerely apologise for any delay in responding to you.

Our team is working round the clock to get this situation resolved and we hope to have some positive news for you in the near future.

To update you on some of the progress being made:
● We are in discussions with several interested parties about a potential partnership with or acquisition of PledgeMusic. These conversations, if successful, would lead to a transaction which would allow us to meet all of our outstanding obligations.
● We are also in the process of appointing a third-party company to manage all artist payments going forward.

We do ask you for your continued patience even though we appreciate that this must be running extremely thin.

Once again, we do hope to have some positive news for you shortly and as soon as we do we will share it.

For the moment though, please accept our assurances that we are fully focused on resolving these issues and that your enquiry has been logged.

“Anything But Easy” Single Out 22nd February ~ Airplay, Reviews

Really excited to announce that “Anything But Easy” – the first single from my upcoming EP “Edge of Love” – will be released on 22nd February. I have been so happy with the response so far and all the airplay the single has already received. Thanks to all the radio shows that have play listed the track including Leader’s American Pie, Wrecking Ball Radio, Russ Hill Country, Acoustic Routes, Mystery Rain, The Hoedown, Country Rock Radio and Simply Country, who have made the song Track of the Month.
Produced by the brilliant Jose McGill from The Vagaband and featuring the wonderful dobro from Noel Dashwood of Alden, Patterson and Dashwood it’s mastered by Mikey Shaw Recording/Mix Engineer & Dub Cavern Productions at The Crunch – Recording Studio
“It has never been more easy to listen to an unknown tune. The song just invites you to listen and to keep on listening..A wonderful voice and great dobro playing.” Radio Compagnie, The Netherlands.

Thanks also to music blogs such as Building Our Own Nashville and Forever Country for spreading the word. Also W21 Music for a lovely review. More tour dates and festival announcements coming soon.

You will be able to pre-order the single via iTunes shortly. There’s also a sneak preview and download at my Bandcamp store – Pledgers, check your inboxes!

Happy 2019! Ethan Johns Interview, New Single “Anything But Easy” Coming Soon…

Wishing you all a very happy 2019! I’m overwhelmed by the continued support and pledges for the upcoming EP – which is going to be titled “Edge of Love” – it looks set to be a very exciting year!

Here’s a little teaser for the first single “Anything But Easy” coming soon. Produced by José McGill from The Vagaband & featuring a host of the finest musicians.

My interview with the brilliant award-winning Ethan Johns features in the latest edition of Songwriting Magazine It was lovely to talk Americana, music, writing and producing at his superb October gig at Norwich Arts Centre. He had wonderful insights about working with Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne and Laura Marling plus talked about upcoming projects with Robert Vincent and William The Conqueror. 
Available at pocketmags.com the magazine also includes David Crosby, Ward Thomas, Janis Ian, David Grey, Rosanne Cash and more.

PledgeMusic Campaign – Goal Reached! Green Note Show, Radio Airplay, Show on Future Radio

Wow, my PledgeMusic goal has been reached!  I’m so grateful for the support – it really does mean such a lot. I had initially been nervous to embark on my very first PledgeMusic crowdfunding project but the continued support and enthusiasm has surpassed all expectations.I have also just received the mastered tracks from the brilliant Crunch Recording Studio and can’t wait to share the songs with you soon!In the meantime, if you visit my SoundCloud page you can hear a live acoustic cover of Jason Isbell’s lovely song “Maybe It’s Time” from “A Star is Born”. So cool that it has already had over 2,000 listens! Also at my Soundcloud are rare tracks, other covers of favourite songs, my Christmas EP and free downloads:

https://soundcloud.com/lisaredford

I had a lovely night performing a short acoustic set at one of my favourite venues, Norwich Arts Centre opening for Morganway. Here’s a little video clip from the night.


I also had a wonderful night playing the Green Note – great sound and a lovely packed listening audience. Huge thanks to Black Cat Music Promotions Limited for having me. Here’s a little clip of original song “Dragonfly”

“Another powerful finely honed vocalist was a feature of the support in the form of Lisa Redford whose consistently polished material surely merits wider attention…her song structures, guitar pattern and vocal style recalled Patty Griffin.”
Wow! compared to Patty Griffin! huge thanks to Americana UK for this lovely review of my live acoustic set at The Green Note in London.

Now that the festive season is in full swing it’s been lovely to receive airplay for one of my original Christmas songs “When Christmas Comes Around.” Huge thanks to BBC Radio Norfolk for playing it as part of Conrad’s Christmas Carols on the breakfast show. You can hear an interview and the song via the BBC Sounds app approximately 24 minutes in and also here on the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06r43h8
Thanks also to Future Radio for play listing the song.  

Almost There! PledgeMusic Campaign at 95%! More from the Studio

Recording for the new EP has continued and it’s been really productive and exciting. As mentioned, I am working with the super talented musician and producer José McGill – band-leader of the award-winning Vagaband – who has created some beautiful arrangements and contributed his huge music talent on an array of instruments.

I can’t wait for you to hear the new material. As well as the musicians already mentioned, there is some wonderful pedal steel from Alan Cook – who I recorded my latest Bob Harris “Under the Apple Tree” session with – and also beautiful cello from award-winning cellist Ivan McCready.

I also love to write about music and here is my latest article for All Things Norfolk – a local arts and music website. Here I talk more about the process of recording and the amazing talented musicians involved as well as previewing upcoming gigs and reviewing short films at Norwich Film Festival:

My lastest column for All Things Norfolk 

 

PledgeMusic Project – 69% Raised! In the Studio. London Show. Radio DJ!

Hi guys! 69% has now been raised for my PledgeMusic project! Beyond grateful to you all. I’ve already started recording and here’s an update from the studio! httpss://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/lisaredford/updates/101647

The mug has gone! there are many other goodies still available including a mouse mat, set of concert posters, signed set lists and my back catalogue. Take a look here:


Looking forward to some lovely gigs including Norwich Arts Centre on November 30th opening for the brilliant Morganway and making my debut at the award-winning Green Note in Camden as special guest for No Coward Soul on December 4th. 
Stepping up to the microphone! Great session at excellent local community radio station Future Radio in Norwich learning the studio techniques for hosting a music show.

PledgeMusic – New EP Launched! London Show. Meeting Ethan Johns

Hey guys, I’m really, really excited to have launched my first ever PledgeMusic crowdfunding project for my brand new release! I have some special rewards and exclusives on offer including two beloved guitars and some rare memorabilia from my back catalogue! You will also be helping Dogs Trust as I spend a lot of time walking rescue dogs and their companionship is truly special. Please watch the video and check out the rewards on offer – so appreciate any shares on social media!

Here is the PledgeMusic link: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/lisaredford

Enjoyed an amazing gig recently at Norwich Arts CentreEthan Johns and The Black Eyed Dogs. It was so lovely – and a real treat – to also interview Ethan for Songwriting Magazine. He has been a real music hero having produced some of my favourite records including “Heartbreaker” and “Gold” by Ryan Adams. It was also great to catch up with the band’s fabulous Georgina Leach who played on my album “Lost Again” back in the day – her first album session recording! Look out for my interview with Ethan appearing in Songwriting Magazine soon.

So excited to announce a London gig! Playing the lovely award-winning Green Note for my dear friends Black Cat Music Promotions Limited on 4 December as special guest for the brilliant No Coward Soul. Hope to see some London buddies! x
http://www.greennote.co.uk/production/nocowardsoul/

Always lovely being on Park Radio – a great radio station supporting local artists. Huge thanks to Andrew Cooper at Sunday Introducing. Check out my Facebook page to see a live video of “Never Was a Yesterday” the third of the live songs I played.

 

Two Articles in Songwriting Magazine Autumn Edition, Deepdale Festival

So cool to see that I have two articles in the autumn edition of Songwriting Magazine. Available at pocketmags.com, the magazine includes my favourite vocal warm ups and also my interview with the sublime award-winning Courtney Marie Andrews who I chatted to during her recent UK tour. Download the magazine here
Such a great day at the always welcoming Deepdale Festival in beautiful North Norfolk. Thanks to photographer Jon Clifton for some really great shots. Check out his work here So lovely to be joined by multi-talented musicians Adam Clark and Nic Zuppardi from Clark, Hartley, Zuppardi on guitar and mandolin.

It was also great to close my set with the brilliant Matt Watson. So much fun singing the Del Amitri classic “Nothing Ever Happens.”

Courtney Marie Andrews Interview, Maverick, Reepham Festival, Radio Playlist

Lovely to interview and chat all things music and songwriting with the brilliant Courtney Marie Andrews for Songwriting Magazine ahead of her fantastic show at Norwich Arts Centre. Look out for the piece coming up here

My full review of Saturday’s Maverick Festival is also at Songwriting Magazine. A wonderful day of Americana. Feature now includes Danny & the Champions of the World, James Hodder, Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin. Thanks to Michael Kingston for some great photos.


Had a lovely weekend playing the always welcoming Reepham Festival. Thanks to Tim Moll for filming:

Huge thanks to the brilliant Future Radio for selecting me for their September playlist.

So looking forward to my next festival – returning to stunning Burnham Deepdale for Deepdale Festival. Many amazing artists performing including Alden Patterson and Dashwood, The Vagaband and Shackleton Trio. I’ll be performing on the Orchard Stage on Saturday 29th September at 6pm.

Norfolk Day Video, Lovely Latitude

Very excited to share this! Here is the brand new beautiful video from my incredible student Breeze Redwine. Especially filmed for #NorfolkDay and showcasing the glorious countryside of the county, it has already had a wonderful response and also been selected as the official song for the occasion! The track is “Trust” – an original song written by myself and Breeze. Norfolk Day is Friday, 27th July 2018 and everyone involved in the video is from Norfolk:

Lovely to see some great press for the song and video. Thanks to EDP 24 for the feature.

Thank you Latitude Festival for another amazing weekend of outstanding music, performances, theatre, comedy and more. Also got to be involved in filming for the new Danny Boyle movie! More pics and video are at my Instagram: lisaredfordmusic

So looking forward to my next festival. Will be returning to the lovely Reepham Festival for two performances on 11th and 12th August. Super line up, can’t wait to see Honey & The Bear, Smith & Brewer and Mammal Not Fish.