Updated: Jun 16
By Joey McGinn We ask artist Purdy about her journey from the fields of Nettlebed to Wembley Stadium, and all her creative highlights in-between.
- Tell us a little about your work and your background.
I have been writing songs since I can remember and singing professionally for about 15 years. I was born in Henley and now I host a Pop Up live music club in the town once a month with special guests from the Jazz and crossover scenes. Or at least I did. Look forward to getting back there!
- What made you decide to start your career in music?
It wasn't so much a decision as an innate passion. I tried other things, from working in catering and events, to TV and Film production and then one day I was approached to sing in a local band. That lead me to sing with the Oxford Jazz company which inspired my love for singing Jazz as well as other styles. A year or so later, Amy Lord told me they were looking for a singer to front an apres ski band in Zermatt. Aside from being a crazy amount of fun, it was the best intensive course in learning how to "work the crowd".
- Where do you find inspiration?
I am inspired by nature. My mind is freer in open spaces. I grew up in Nettlebed so I was always walking through fields, day dreaming and writing poetry. Most of my lyrics are driven by life experience; love and loss. A lot of ideas/melodies come to me when I am driving. Also reading, watching films and listening to other artists/musicians, expands the imagination.
- Describe your typical working day.
I wake up between 7am and 8am and I'll either run or do some yoga. After that it's trying to keep a healthy balance of the creative and the business affairs. The day would usually consist of liaising with my amazing producer and manager Andy Wright on the song writing, music production, responding to gig enquiries, booking musicians, managing social media and day to day promotion.
- What has been the biggest highlight to date?
The biggest two highlights have been performing my song at Wembley Stadium with the Royal Airforce and then supporting Jools Holland on tour with my first album 'Diamond in the Dust' with a finale show at the Royal Albert Hall. A dream come true.
- Best nugget of wisdom you can share with your fellow Creative Ducks?
All I can say is, whatever your venture or your dream, be sure you love it and be sure you want it. Persistence plays an enormous part in any business, I think. Whatever it is you are trying to achieve, do it with all your heart and don't try to do it like someone else. Being you is your unique selling point.
- Where can we find out more?
Facebook @purdy music