This year Belles and Gals will be sponsoring three fantastic UK artists. Last week we announced our first sponsored artist – Becky Lawrence, so today we thought we’d have a chat with the lady herself!
Hi Becky! To start, give us an insight into how you got involved in the music industry in the first place? Has singing always been a dream of yours?
Music has always been a huge part of my life from a young age. My parents were always listening to music, especially my dad! He is really into rock music so I was exposed to the all the big rock bands like AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Saxon etc! My mum loved more of the big 80’s bands like Roxette & Genesis but also Dolly Parton & Reba McEntire so I love a huge range of music! I was heavily involved in Musical Theatre from the age of about 14 and when I was 21, I left my lovely home on the Isle of Man to study at the London School of Musical Theatre. It was an incredible experience but also very enlightening into what the business is really like. It was a hard decision to take a step back from musical theatre but I knew that singing was my main passion and always had been so it was then I started writing my own songs which was really influenced by country music.
Your latest E.P. ‘What it Takes’ was released last year and it saw a change of direction in your sound. To anyone who hasn’t heard the record, how would you describe your sound?
Absolutely yes, and that was the most exciting part of the process I think. In my first EP ‘A Child’s Tears’ I worked with a brilliant producer who helped me hear what my own voice really sounded like, instead of being a ‘character’ as it were. It was more of a folk/country/world infusion at that point but since then, I’ve really found this pop/rock/country sound and it feels awesome!
Which artists have influenced you in your career? And which artists are you listening to at the moment?
I think there’s a huge mixture of artists and all for different reasons. For instance, I love Kate Bush who obviously has nothing to do with Country music but I love what she stands for and she isn’t afraid of pushing barriers. Her songs tell stories (albeit a bit out there!). Then there’s artists like Dolly, Reba, Miranda who all have unique country sounds and ways of working, but I’m also influenced by artists like Stevie Nicks & Lady Gaga! I’m listening to so many difference artists and genres at the moment, mainly Scotty McCreery, Catherine McGarth and also The Greatest Showman soundtrack! Best movie I have seen so far this year and what a score!
What would you say has been the highlight of your singing career so far?
I look at where I was maybe 3 years ago and I’m always grateful for what has happened to get me where I am now. There’s been so many things that have made me think ‘wow, did that just happened?!’ For example I used to sing backing vocals for a well established singer in Bath called Clyve and we played at The Pavillion in Bath which has hosted some incredible talent over the years such as Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones! Definitely releasing the new EP and playing gigs at The Lanes in Bristol supporting Danny McMahon & The Queens Head are definitely up there too!
You’re hosting a fantasy dinner party. Which three celebrities, alive or dead, would you invite to join you?
Ahhhh I swear this type of question gets me every single time and I change my answer each time! I would have to go with Kate Bush, Freddie Mercury & Alice Cooper (how crazy would that be?!)
What’s your favourite soap opera, box set and crisp flavour?!
I don’t actually want that TV but I do love a good box set! My favourites so far have been Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Nashville and my partner and I in the middle of watching The Walking Dead (however it’s making me have weird dreams!) Any flavour of Kettle Chips, they are my total downfall!
Isle of Man or the Isle of Wight?
Of course it has to be the homeland, Isle of Man!
Tea or Coffee?
I do enjoy a coffee in the morning but I think my followers know how much of a tea addict I am!
‘My Guy’ or ‘That Guy’?
Luckily I have ‘My Guy’ so I’ll say ‘That Guy’!
To finish, tell us about your hopes and plans for 2018!
I want to crack on with some more writing this year and working with new people. There’s a few songs I’m working on at the moment with my bass/backing vocalist Louie Miller who co-wrote the song ‘Wasted on You’. Also trying to get some more local gigs and hopefully one back home on the island.