Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Sophie Morgan to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I was born in Liverpool and grew up in a small town in Cheshire. I first started learning piano at about age six and reading children's poetry at a similar time. I wrote my first song when I was nine years old whilst waiting for my mum to cook a roast dinner.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Although there are no musicians in the family, music is the most important thing to us all. My dad introduced me to almost everything that I listen to today - Nick Drake, Van Morrison, Nick Cave, The Waterboys. And when I was 14, I was bought 'Blue' by Joni Mitchell, which was pretty pivotal.
How would you describe your sound?
I'd say the sound of what we make draws upon all of those above. I love stark and simple songwriting, but I also adore strings and horns.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
We have just released the single 'Sons & Daughters'. It was written in summertime three years ago, the sunlight was beaming through the window panes and it all came tumbling out. It's a simple song really, of how we are all blood and bones, all somebody's son or daughter.
What’s your local music scene like?
The town where I live is too small to have a scene itself but I spent a lot of time in Chester growing up. I played my first open mic there and there was these beautiful writers, violinists, accordion players. I remember being in awe. I booked my first pub gigs there whilst I was still studying at school. Everyone was so warm and welcoming, it's a really special place for me. I still busk by the cathedral there sometimes.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Over these next 12 months, I would love to be working towards an LP. That's the dream. And to go on tour again. My first tour was opening for The Waterboys last autumn across the UK and Europe. I loved every single thing about it. So yes, to release an album (hopefully on vinyl too) and the music to take us travelling.