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.

Brand New Music Video ‘Be Around’

Very excited to share my brand new music video! for my song ‘Be Around’. Huge thanks to Claudia Taveira Photography

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I’ve also just recorded a live acoustic cover of this beautiful Kate Bush song. One of my favourite songs of hers. Can’t wait for her Before The Dawn Tour!

Thanks so much to Ramsey Sounds for 2 cool electro remixes of my summer song ‘Summer on the L’ and acoustic track ‘So Many Words’

Video of Reverb Christmas Special, Free Download!

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Hope you all had a lovely Christmas! Here’s an Xmas treat for you if you’re still feeling festive, performing my Christmas single & a cover of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ on the Reverb Christmas Special at UEA TV. Am on from 1:14 here!

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Looking ahead to new year’s and here’s a free download of my song ‘New Year’s Day’

 

 

New Christmas Single Out Now!

Really excited to share my new original Christmas single ‘St Benedict’s Christmas Fair’ which I recorded and mixed myself. It’s a bittersweet acoustic ballad about saying goodbye.

You can download it here

Also I’ve already been getting airplay for my Christmas cover ‘I Believe in Father Christmas’

New Video ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’ Ukulele cover and Latest Column ‘Face-to-Face Networking’

Brand new video! Singing one of my favourite songs on ukulele. Thanks to the brilliant Claudia Taveira Photography for filming:

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Photo from on the way to film the video with my lovely Luna ukulele 

Plus here’s my latest column for Songwriting Magazine, tips on face-to-face networking for aspiring songwriters. My experience of going to the recent Americana Music UK conference made me think about how nerve wracking it can be for artists to network so here’s some tips which I hope help. Link here

A Great Night supporting Eve Selis

IMAG0684Great night Saturday supporting the wonderful Eve Selis at The Little Rabbit Barn in Essex. It was such a thrill to sing with her & her amazing band too! Huge thanks to them and all involved with the show.

Ukulele Video and Brand New Photo Shoot!

Making the most of a sunny day! Cool new photo shoot and video. Playing my Baby Taylor and Luna Ukulele in the sunshine! Thanks to Claudia Taveira Photography and also the wonderful Taylor Guitars and Luna Guitars for sharing the video.

 

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New Column Now Online! Using Social Media

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Had a lovely response to my first column for Songwriting Magazine and my latest one is now online! How do you use Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, SoundCloud etc? I’m looking at how songwriters can make the most of social media.

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Been a fun busy week promoting ‘Dreaming in Crowds’ single and had a really fun day filming 2 live songs and interview for UEA TV’s brand new music show ‘Reverb’. Performance to follow soon. Huge thanks to all involved!

New Single ‘Dreaming in Crowds’ Out Now!

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Out now! The new single ‘Dreaming in Crowds’ available via Bandcamp plus new video coming too! Single produced by Jeff Hill, photography by Claudia Taveira Photography.

“The production quality is superlative..’Dreaming In Crowds’ is a gently flowing harmonic beauty with a kind of Carole King feel, without in any way sounding like the legendary singer-songwriter.” Maverick Magazine ****

“the crown jewel on this new EP. Dreaming In Crowds is a real singer/songwriter song. It has depth, both in lyrics and arrangement and tells a heartfelt story in which everyone will recognize something.” Inner Ear Media, The Netherlands

 

Cover Girl! Cover in a US Magazine!

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Exciting news! Out now, my very first cover in a US magazine! Available worldwide. You can order the issue online for $3.75 by going here  The magazine thanks everyone for their patronage as they are trying to help the elderly, support afterschool programs for children and save some of the animals in the shelters everywhere xx