Fast-rising vocal talent Lisa Redford has returned with her brand new single ‘Let Go’. The impressive track has been lifted off her new EP ‘Edge Of Love’ which has been gaining major traction across radio this summer,
Here we chat to Lisa Redford about the new track, EP and touring plans:
Congratulations on the release of your new single, how are you finding the response so far?
Thank you! I’ve been so pleased with the response to Let Go and for the whole Edge of Love EP. It’s already being played on various BBC stations around the UK as well as many country, Americana, singer-songwriter radio shows worldwide. I’ve been blown away with the kind words on social media and brilliant reviews in the press – people commenting on how radio-friendly the song is in particular – which is so lovely to hear.
What was the overall writing experience like for this track?
All my songs are self-written and Let Go and the other tracks on Edge of Love came pretty easily to me. I write mostly on my acoustic guitar and develop a melody that I find myself humming or play a chord progression or riff. Other times I already have a lyrical theme or idea and build upon it which is what happened with Let Go. Letting go is the theme of Edge of Love. This includes realising when you need to let go of someone or letting yourself go emotionally – letting down your guard, even if that means the risk of getting hurt. The 5 tracks explore aspects of a relationship and Let Go is one of the more empowering, affirming songs on the EP.
What are you hoping the listeners take away from the subject and lyrics?
Like all of my songs, it comes from a very real place and situation. I always write from the heart and this one is no exception. Lyrically it’s heartfelt and bittersweet – there’s quite a lot of melancholy running through my music – but the melody is very uplifting. It’s a really upbeat Americana band track with lots of hooks and harmonies which people can sing along to. It always means a lot when people tell me they have been moved by my songs and that the lyrics have resonated with them – it such a rewarding feeling – and with this one fans have really responded to its melody and summery vibe. It’s gone down great at summer festivals this year!
How did you approach the writing session for the single?
As mentioned, I write solo so I came into the studio with the song already fully formed and played acoustic guitar and 12 string guitar on the track as well as sang lead vocals and harmonies. I worked for the second time with musician and producer José McGill from award-winning Americana roots band The Vagaband – he also produced my previous release Another Place and Time. He knew where I was coming from musically and the recording sessions went great. I usually work fast in the studio and José is also very quick with implementing his ideas. The musicians were all amazing and it was a really productive and creative experience capturing exactly the emotion and vibe that I wanted.
Can we expect you to share a video for the song?
I am currently in the process of organising a video for the single. I had such a lovely response to the first single Anything But Easy and its video and really enjoy the creative process.
How would you describe the overall sonic sound of the single to new listeners?
Sonically there’s a real warmth to it with José adding some really lovely subtle layers and textures. My sound is acoustic-based – very organic – and Let Go and the new songs are a real blend of heartfelt and melodic Americana, folk, country and pop. On Let Go there is some fantastic pedal steel guitar from brilliant musician Alan Cook who played on my second album Lost Again – we have also toured together and recorded an Under the Apple Tree session for Whispering Bob TV – there’s also some sublime electric guitar from superb guitarist Mark Howes. Edge of Love has a mix of band tracks and acoustic songs with really creative arrangements and instrumentation which José and the other musicians contributed. I listen to an eclectic mix of music and this new material really represents me as an artist.
Do you have any touring plans lined up?
It’s been a really busy summer of festivals and gigs and I definitely plan to tour more to promote the release. The best way to see where I’m playing is to keep an eye on my social media and website lisaredford.com I would really love to play more of the UK and Europe. I have such a passion for music that I also enjoy hosting a radio show on Future Radio in Norwich. I am also a vocal coach and guitar tutor and it is really rewarding sharing my skills and experience as a performer and songwriter. As well as all that I love writing about music and contribute articles to Songwriting Magazine and write a local arts column. I am always busy being creative!
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