Today sees the release of ‘Halfway’, the fantastic new release from Laura Beckwith. Laura may be familiar to you due to the two live streams she performed for us at Belles and Gals in recent months.
The song is an excellent slice of country pop, which shows off both her vocal ability and songwritings skills to equal aplomb. This is a follow up to the equally excellent debut single ‘Not in Love’ and it seems that Laura has found her natural home within the country genre. It will be exciting to see the progress of the Essex based singer – it looks like it could be a long and very exciting journey.
We were lucky enough to catch up with Laura for a chat ahead of the single release and talk all things Halfway, music, career and more!
Hi Laura, your new single ‘Halfway’ is simply fantastic. Can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind the song and the songwriting process?
‘Halfway’ was inspired after an extremely long and heated argument that went on for hours. The song is me saying ‘what can I do to stop this argument from getting worse’. I managed to finish the lyrics within a few hours, but the instrumental and melody took much longer. I couldn’t decide on how I wanted the song to sound.
It’s been a busy year for you despite lockdown, appearing on many live streams – including for us at Belles and Gals. How have you found lockdown and how have you adapted due to it?
I’ve really enjoyed the live streams but I can’t deny that I miss live performances. I ended up releasing my debut single ‘Not in love’ at the start of lockdown so I needed to quickly adjust to live streams. In some ways lockdown has been really helpful as it has opened up awesome opportunities like writing with artists in other countries.
Can you tell us a little about your musical background? How did it start?
I joined a theatre school at age three and spent a lot of time performing in musical theatre. However, I always had music on the side. I started singing and piano lessons at a young age and this helped me practise songwriting. After enrolling on a two-year intensive course in Musical Theatre I realised that music was the path that I wanted to pursue as a career. I don’t believe that I ever truly fitted into musical theatre and I’ve always been much more confident when singing and playing piano/guitar.
And which artists have influenced you in your music?
Right now the artist that has influenced my music the most would be ‘Ingrid Andress’. Personally I think that her songwriting skills are absolutely incredible!
To finish, have you got a particular highlight in music that you’d like to share?
To be honest right now my biggest highlight is releasing my debut single and hearing it being played on BBC Essex and many other radio stations. Hopefully when live music opens back up that will be next highlight.