This week, we caught up with Yorkshire singer-songwriter, Twinnie who has just released her debut album, Hollywood Gypsy! We chat about the influence behind the album, the time she joined Bryan Adams on stage and her upcoming UK tour which includes a Glasgow date…
When did you first discover your love for music?
My mum would say when I used to cry as a baby as soon and as the music would come on I would stop. As a toddler I would sing rather than talk, guess it’s just something I’ve always loved.
How would you describe your music to new listeners?
Gypsy pop! I travel in and out of genres I like mixing sounds so I would say pop infused with country with storytelling lyrics.
How did it feel when you were asked to support Jools Holland and his orchestra at Scarborough Spa?
I mean he’s a legend, so I was so honoured!
You are going on a UK tour in November including a Glasgow date in stereo – what can fans expect from the tour?
AN EPIC PARTY!
Your debut album ‘Hollywood Gypsy’ is out on Friday – is there a particular message you wanted the album to represent?
I grew up in two very different cultures, the travelling community and normal society. I lived two different lives and never really felt growing up like I knew which one I belonged to it was confusing. Always felt like an outsider but then I realised I belonged to both; I didn’t have to choose nor did I have to change. That’s kind of been my mantra for life, you don’t have to be put in a box or be labelled. It’s up to you to decide who you are and what you want to be.
I’m an artist, an actress, a dancer, a songwriter all these things make up journey and who I am: Twinnie. I want people to know being yourself and being who you are is your biggest superpower, there is no one like you and that’s something to celebrate.
What’s your favourite song from the album and why?
I’m sorry I can’t choose I love them all for different reasons
What’s the most memorable gig you’ve played and why? Bryan Adams asked me to sing with him on the main stage at Cornbury festival that was amazing and one of my first festivals.
The Music Files is a Scottish based blog, who are your favourite Scottish bands?
Old school but I love Bay City Rollers
What advice would you give to bands and musicians who are just starting out in the industry?
Be resilient, persistent, be creative – it’s a numbers game, keep knocking on the doors until one opens because you will get a lot of no’s until you get a yes.
How are you spending your time during the lockdown?
With my mum and step dad enjoying the simpler things in life. #Stayhome
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