Newspaper Feature Interview Now Online

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Lisa Redford. Photo by Denise Bradley

Really nice to see my recent interview with the Eastern Daily Press newspaper is now online.
The link is here

As the interview mentions, I’ve been really invested in my teaching and sharing my passion for music, with beginner guitar and ukulele courses and community singing, I’ve recently finished teaching my first Singing for Wellbeing courses and look forward to running more inspiring singing sessions and music courses next year. Wishing you all a Wonderful Christmas and happy and fulfilling 2023!

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Lisa Redford. Photo by Denise Bradley

Newspaper Cover Star, New Courses for 2023, Online Singing Group, History Channel

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Lisa Redford EDP Newspaper – The Big Interview. Photo: Denise Bradley

Abbie and I are cover stars! Huge thanks to Mark Nicholls and the EDP for featuring me in this weekend’s EDP newspaper. It was lovely to sit down with Mark and talk about my music career, support from Whispering Bob Harris, songwriting, teaching music courses at Adult Learning , as well as my recent ventures into acting and filming .

The feature also mentions Future Radio, Access Creative and performing at this year’s Brisley Live at The Brisley Bell and Deepdale Festival.

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Lisa Redford. Photograph by Denise Bradley, Archant
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Lisa Redford and Bob Harris
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New Music Courses

“I think you’re a very engaging teacher, knowledgeable and personable. I would highly recommend.”

I have just finished teaching my beginner ukulele and guitar courses in Norwich this term and it was really rewarding to teach such enthusiastic learners who progressed so well.

I’m very excited to be running the fun and friendly 10 week sessions again at Wensum Lodge, Norwich for Adult Learning, Norfolk County Council from January 9th 2023. As well as beginner courses, for the first time I’m also teaching a Ukulele for Improvers course.

I’d really love to see some new students – more information on Guitar for Beginners here

Further details on Ukulele for Beginners here

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Ukulele for Beginners Course
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Ukulele and Guitar for Beginners Course

Online Community Singing Group

It has been so rewarding and fun leading Singing for Wellbeing courses in Norwich for Adult Learning. Join me in a new wellbeing-focused online group for mental health service user charity Viewpoint, where we’ll be singing a selection of classic, well-known songs to uplift, connect, make you smile and improve your overall wellbeing. The first free session kicks off on Monday 5th December at 7pm!

Book your place here

As before, there’s no previous experience required. Just bring along an open mind and a joy for music! All are welcome – book your place now!

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Viewpoint Community Singing Group

Toys that Built America – Season Two

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Lisa Redford in The Toys that Built America on the History Channel

Now showing on the HISTORY channel in the US, the second series of #ToysThatBuiltAmerica
The stories behind the innovations, inventions, and revolutions of some of history’s greatest toys. I appear in two episodes – the first, “Masters of the Universe” about the beginnings of iconic action figures, notably #StarWars, and as a stylish #Edwardian lady.

To see my appearance – and 70s hair! – in the first episode playing Ray Wagner’s PA, got to my Facebook page

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Toys that Built America

Singing for Wellbeing Course, Acting on Sky Atlantic

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Lisa Redford running a Songs from the Shows community singing session at The Forum, Norwich

Ran a lovely community singing session last week at The Forum, Norwich
Thanks so much to everyone who came along to sing some classic musicals with me.
The event was in support of Norfolk County Music Library Sets Norfolk Library and Information Service Norwich Millennium Library – bringing the joy of music to libraries and the community.

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Singing for Wellbeing Course at Wensum Lodge, Norwich run by Lisa Redford

I am really enjoying teaching my current ukulele and guitar for beginners courses and am very excited to now be launching my first Singing for Wellbeing course later this month for Adult Learning at Wensum Lodge, Norwich. Discover the joy of singing together. Further details of how to enrol on this free 8 week course here I am also running Saturday classes including ukulele strumming sessions, more community singing and songwriting – please take a look at the Adult Learning website for updates. It was also nice to chat to Stephen Bumfrey about my community singing activities on BBC Radio Norfolk. The interview is available to listen to via BBC Sounds here – from 1:50.

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Playing a journalist in This England on Sky Atlantic
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This England on Sky Atlantic

Currently on Sky Atlantic is “This England” – Kenneth Branagh as Boris Johnson in an unsettling account of the government handling of the pandemic. It was thrilling to play a journalist and film on a set of Downing Street at West Raynham and Wolterton Hall, Norfolk. I even got to say a couple of lines – look out for me near the end of episode 6!

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Lisa Redford and Jason French at Deepdale Festival
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Lisa Redford and Jason French at Deepdale Festival 2022. Photo by Jon Clifton

Had a great time playing this year’s Deepdale Festival. Lovely to be part of an amazing line-up and there’s always a warm welcome in beautiful North Norfolk – thanks to the hard working, passionate team there. Thanks to Jon Clifton for some great photos from the performance.

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Lisa Redford and Jason French at Deepdale Festival 2022

Acting on US TV, New Community Singing Event ~ Songs from the Shows, Ukulele and Guitar Courses

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Songs from the Shows Community Singing Event at The Forum Atrium

Very excited for this! After a wonderful few weeks running fun community singing sessions in the spring, which was so rewarding and uplifting, I’m looking forward to be singing some well known songs from the musicals in the Atrium The Forum, Norwich on Thursday 6th October between 6pm – 7pm – come and join us! This free special event is in support of the Norfolk Music Sets Friends as part of a fundraising Community Singing Event.

Further details are on The Forum website

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Notes on a Scandal on Investigation Discovery Channel
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Lisa Redford as Mary Kay LeTourneau in Notes on a Scandal – Investigation Discovery Channel

It’s always really exciting seeing that filming projects I’ve worked on now being shown on the small screen. Recently premiered on Investigation Discovery in the US was my portrayal of Mary Kay Letourneau entitled “Mary Kay Letourneau: Notes On A Scandal” as part of #Killer90sOnID

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House of Hammer, discovery +

Another docuseries that I appear in is also on Investigation Discovery & streaming now on discovery+ #HouseofHammer a fascinating but disturbing and sinister documentary.

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Appearing in House of Hammer on Discovery +
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Had a lovely first week teaching my beginner ukulele and guitar courses at Wensum Lodge. For further details of upcoming music courses, take a look at Adult Learning’s website where they will be more creative classes and workshops added.

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Lisa Redford performing at Brisley Live at The Brisley Bell, Norfolk

Huge thanks to Adam Pryke Photography for these cool shots from a lovely afternoon performing at the first Brisley Live at The Brisley Bell near Dereham in Norfolk. A beautiful setting and wonderful family atmosphere. Next festival performance is Saturday September 24th at Deepdale Festival in Burnham Deepdale, another gorgeous location. It was lovely to chat to Jason Borthwick about my creative process and appearing at the festival for the Deepdale Podcast. Listen to the interview here

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Lisa Redford and Jason French performing at Brisley Live at The Brisley Bell

New Teaching Location, Beginner Guitar and Ukulele Courses for Autumn

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Lisa Redford performing at Whitwell Station, Reepham Festival
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Lisa Redford and Jason French performing at Reepham Festival 2022

Photos from a lovely time playing Reepham Festival at Whitwell And Reepham Station ~ sunshine, live music, great atmosphere, nice audience – so cool to be performing at festivals again. Thanks to the fantastic team at Reepham for having me and Jason French for joining me on banjo and fiddle. Next show is Brisley Live on September 10th, further details on their website

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Lisa Redford, Whitwell Station
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Lisa Redford music lessons at Christ Church, Norwich

New Teaching Space – Christ Church, Norwich

I am now offering singing, guitar and beginner ukulele lessons at a room in the stunning Christ Church, just off the Mile End Road in Norwich, NR2 2AQ. Please get in touch by contacting parrotrecords@gmail.com if you are interested in booking a session in this wonderful space.

Beginner Guitar and Ukulele Courses at Wensum Lodge, Norwich   

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Guitar for Beginners with Lisa Redford

“Really enjoyed the course..got a lot further than any previous attempt” “thank you so much for your encouragement and spirit!” I received such lovely feedback for my first beginner ukulele and guitar courses in the summer. I’m very excited to be running the fun and friendly 10 week sessions again at Wensum Lodge, Norwich from September 12th.

I would really love to see some new students – further details here on the Adult learning website, search for arts and crafts

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Ukulele for Beginners with Lisa Redford

Summer Festivals and Events

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Lisa Redford, Jason French and The Weeping Willows

I recently played a lovely gig at The Reindeer Norwich. Thanks so much to everyone who came along and made it such a lovely night. It was so nice to finally share the stage with the sublime The Weeping Willows on the first night of their UK tour which included sets at Maverick Festival. Thanks to the brilliant Jason French for joining me on banjo and fiddle – live video clips at Instagram @lisaredfordmusic

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I also have some lovely festivals and events coming up including Reepham Festival on Sunday August 7th. It will be great to be back at this wonderful festival and I’m performing at the historic Whitwell Station from 2pm. More details and ticket info here

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Lisa Redford at Reepham Festival 2022

Looking ahead to September and I’m excited to be performing at the award-winning Brisley Pub for Brisley Live – a weekend of live music, comedy and theatre. I will be playing on Saturday September 10th. Further details and tickets here

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Brisley Live – A weekend of comedy, theatre and music at The Brisley Bell

Another favourite festival is Deepdale Festival on the beautiful North Norfolk coast and I’m looking forward to returning this year amongst a wonderful line up. I will be performing on the Saturday afternoon. To book tickets and for further details, check out the website

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It was so rewarding to teach my first beginner guitar and ukulele courses at Wensum Lodge for Adult learning this summer term and to receive wonderful feedback from learners who had enjoyed the courses. I will be teaching beginner courses again this September so any budding guitarists and ukulele players please check out the dates and details on the Norfolk County Council website

New Shows and Festivals Announced, More Community Singing and Acting

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Lisa Redford – Community Singing Sessions at the Millennium Library, Norwich

When I started the fun and free #community #singing sessions in Norwich libraries earlier this year, I didn’t think it would continue to grow. I’m excited to be starting a new #online singing group from June 6 – July 11 for Viewpoint – a mental health service user charity based in Hertfordshire.

I’ve also been really enjoying running my beginner ukulele and guitar courses at Wensum Lodge this summer term. It’s been so rewarding and fun to teach in-person again after so long and share my passion for both instruments. I’m also resuming my one to one music lessons in-person and have a new teaching venue: the beautiful Christ Church, just off Mile End Road at NR2 2AQ. If you would like to find out more, please get in contact.

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Viewpoint Singing Group

I’m also continuing to enjoy a mixture of acting roles. I had a great time recently filming in a beautiful North Norfolk beachside location, part of a fascinating true story and playing a glamorous party girl. It’s exciting to finally see projects coming on to the screen and I’m really looking forward to seeing ‘This England’ on Sky TV later this year in which I play a journalist in one scene. Kenneth Branagh looking and sounding remarkably like Boris Johnson!

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Playing a party girl in upcoming crime documentary
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Upcoming Gigs!

Really excited that I will be performing on Thursday 30th June at The Reindeer Norwich with wonderful award-winning Americana duo, The Weeping Willows from Melbourne, Australia. The free gig will be part of their upcoming UK tour which also includes a performance at this year’s Maverick Festival.

I’m also looking forward to returning to the lovely Reepham Festival; performing at Whitwell Station on Sunday, August 6th. More details on their official website and the shows page.

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Fun Community Singing Sessions, Running Music Courses, TV Roles, New Live Videos

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Free Community Singing Sessions

I’ve been wanting to do something positive and inspiring for awhile that reflects my passion for music and singing and could really make a difference to those who are struggling with their mental health or loneliness at the moment. I’m really excited to be running some free, fun and informal community singing sessions at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library starting Tuesday 22nd February 2.30pm – 3.30pm – also at Earlham Library at 11.00am – 12pm on the same day – and then every Tuesday for 6 weeks.

Try these new singing sessions to boost your wellbeing where we’ll be singing a selection of classic, well known songs to uplift, connect and make you smile. No previous experience is required and there is no need to read music. All are welcome – feel to come along and drop in on the day. Here’s a piece I’ve written about the sessions for my friends at All Things Norfolk on why singing and music is so important to me.

Come and join me to have fun, connect with others and improve our wellbeing through a shared singing experience!

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Teaching Guitar for Beginners starting in April

I’m also really excited to be running two 10 week beginner courses in guitar and ukulele at Wensum Lodge in Norwich starting in the summer term for Norfolk County Council. I can’t wait to share my passion for teaching both instruments and to help you learn the basic skills to get you started with playing chords and strumming. More information about the guitar course is here

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Teaching a Ukulele for Beginners Course – Starting in April

It has been really fun, and a new creative challenge, to try some acting and work as a supporting artist recently on a variety of drama and documentary programmes. It’s really exciting finally seeing some of the TV projects that I’ve worked on finally hitting the screen. Now on britbox, “Magpie Murders” which was filmed in beautiful Suffolk and where I played a nurse:

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Also on Netflix is “Catching Killers” – being a cop!

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Now showing on American subscription streaming service Acorn TV is the brand new series of Emmy Award-nominated mystery drama “Queens of Mystery”. It was a lot of fun to appear in episode “The Modern Art of Murder” Pictured here on set in London with brilliant actresses Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond and Florence Hall.

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“Let Go” Live at the Canopy Theatre, Suffolk. Jason French on fiddle

I’ve been going through some live performances from the past few months when it was great to play again to audiences. Thanks to Rodney Kidd for filming original song “Let Go” live from The Canopy Theatre, Hungate Church, Beccles, Suffolk for Martello Promotions~ a lovely headline show in September 2021. Jason French on fiddle.

Performing original song “Carolina Rain” from a lovely Women in Music Day at The Brickmakers Norwich. Jason French on fiddle. Thanks to Liz for filming.

A live solo performance this time. Always really nice to perform at Deepdale Festival in beautiful Burnham Deepdale, North Norfolk. Thanks to Karl for getting some footage of the show on iPhone.

Lisa Redford “Here Alone” Live at Canopy Theatre, Suffolk

Another performance from Canopy Theatre, Suffolk: “Here Alone” with Jason French on fiddle. More live performances on my YouTube channel.

New Single ‘I Just Can’t Forget’ More Reviews, Leaving Traces – Neal Casal Celebration

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I’m very excited to announce a new single release. I Just Can’t Forget – a song which has been recorded in session for Whispering Bob TV’s Under the Apple Tree and already received some lovely reviews – will be released on 15 November.

“It’s fair to say I’ve been really impressed by everything here; not just Lisa’s gorgeously expressive and honeyed voice but her clever and intricate songwriting too; with both combining best of all on my favourite track I Just Can’t Forget, which is a real class act in itself and made me stare at the speakers in wonderment the first time I heard it.” Rocking Magpie

“The beautiful, slow-burning impact of the pedal-steel coloured I Just Can’t Forget further displays Redford’s skills. Her ability to pen songs of genuine quality suggests her moment is due very soon.”RnR Magazine ****

I Just Can’t Forget and the beautifully intimate closing track Alone Tonight are simply gorgeous tearjerkers. It takes real talent to make such songs not sound overly sentimental and sappy, and Redford pulls it off with class. Like I said: that’s how I prefer my country.” Slim Chance, NL 

I Just Can’t Forget is a soul-tinged song featuring Lisa’s silky voice crooning heart aching lyrics. Lush and honeyed but with an edge lurking underneath…natural and effortless, a moody slow burner that is quite irresistible.” Alan Cackett

I Just Can’t Forget is perhaps the most musically intriguing track of five here. Its sultry intro, featuring the combination of pedal steel and electric guitars, is allowed to thread beautifully through the rest of the song. Acoustic guitar and drums are gradually added, with a dual vocal harmony towards the end completing an impressive musical build.” Building Our Own Nashville 

“I Just Can’t Forget is one of those songs where country meets soul, another memorable melody and what must rate as some of Lisa’s most heartfelt vocals make this a highlight on the EP. “All the times you won’t remember/I just can’t forget,” sings Lisa and anyone who has loved and lost will relate to this song. It’s another remarkable performance and is in the running as the best song so far we’ve heard from this remarkable talent.”
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“The more I hear I Just Can’t Forget continue the more I fell in love with the song and Lisa’s vocal range.” Bring Country to the UK

“reflective, lonely and melancholic piece that can easily be imagined forming part of a soundtrack.” Outline Magazine

“a future classic” The Country Rock Show 

“Fine artist..I recommend you check this out” Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster 

“That really is three minutes of musical genius.” 
Wow! huge thanks to BBC Radio Merseyside for the kind words and playing “I Just Can’t Forget” alongside many major country artists. The song has also been played on this week’s BBC Introducing in Suffolk and many other radio shows.

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I am very honoured to be playing this beautiful celebration of the life and music of the incredible Neal Casal alongside some wonderful musicians at The Betsey Trotwood London on 2 November. I’m sure many of you know how much his music has inspired me and meant so much. Organised by Danny Champ, all proceeds will go to #MusicMindsMatter
The event is already close to selling out and is going to be a really special evening. 

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“fits seamlessly into a contemporary Americana/Folk sound that is commercial & radio friendly..beautifully arranged and played by an ensemble of studio players that include the multi-instrumental talents of Jose McGill..No questioning the talent of this artist..the time for Lisa Redford to reach a wider audience is well-nigh… Do check out this excellent music.” Huge thanks to LonesomeHighway.com in Dublin for this lovely review of “Edge of Love” and also for the airplay on this week’s Lonesome Highway show

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Another lovely review for ‘Edge of Love’ – huge thanks The British Steelies Society Newsletter for this lovely feature. “Norwich singer and songwriter Lisa Redford has written all the songs on this EP..her styling is a mix of country/folk, pop and soul and her deliverance of these songs are really first class.” Mentions for all the amazing musicians including Alan Cook with his “tasty pedal steel and 12 string Rickenbacker”

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Artist of the Week, New Live Videos, New Interviews, More Lovely Reviews for ‘Edge of Love’

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Huge thanks to British Country Airplay for making me Artist of the Week. This will mean lots of airplay for my songs across various country music shows.

Had a great time in August performing more summer festival and events. Thanks to Trevor Allen for some lovely photos from my set at The Waterfront Sessions. He also filmed the black and white live video below for latest single “Let Go.”

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Many more new live videos added to my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/lisaredfordmusic and Instagram lisaredfordmusic

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Thanks to 140 Promotions for filming “The Edge of Love.”

Such a special moment! performing to a full room and hearing the lovely audience singing along to this Cat Stevens classic. Thanks for the warm reception Weyfest Music Festival 

“Lisa has an easy, beautifully textured voice and an achingly candid way with a lyric..sharp, sweet insight and heart-tugging hooks, the sounds of her different worlds collide to soothe your soul..”
Beautiful review for ‘Edge of Love’ ❤️ huge thanks to respected music journalist, publicist and broadcaster Alan Cackett for featuring on his brilliant website. Full review here

“For those looking for a folk-laden country record, you need look no further.”
The second lovely review for new EP ‘Edge of Love’ in 24 hours! An honour to also be compared to the amazing Nanci Griffith. Huge thanks to Building Our Own Nashville for this wonderful review 

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New Interviews! Lovely to chat to Samantha Melrose for her brilliant ‘The Inside Track podcast. Talkingcountry music, being a woman in music and independent artist, plus new EP Edge of Love❤️ thanks for listening.

I also chatted to Laura Klonowski about the writing of new single “Let Go”
Huge thanks Laura and Belles and Gals Full interview here