Firing up, Frances

Name and location? Sophie Frances Cooke, London. Profession? Artist/singer and songwriter. First instrument? Violin (piano now). First song you penned? Unbreakable when I was 13. Age you realised you wanted to be an artist? 18, previously just wanted to be a songwriter. What did your parents say about that? Very encouraging, if a little nervous […]

Changing it up with Purdy

Rebecca Poole, the “Forces’ Sweetheart”, has rebranded. Now a self-styled, Pop Noir diva under new name “Purdy”, she talks to Clarissa Land about touring with Jools Holland, posing for Jack Vettriano and dealing with her alter ego. iSing: You reached out to Alan McGee, the founder of Creation Records (Oasis, Primal Scream, The Jesus and […]

Minor Soul, brothers in harmony

By Bronwyn Bidwell Brothers Jack and Max Wagner are fresh-faced old souls. Their acoustic-pop group Minor Soul produces music which is brimming with lyrical and melodic maturity – despite the fact its creators are only in their early 20s.Born in London, raised in Hong Kong and now living in New York, the pair writes songs about […]

Gretchen Parlato interview

Multi-award winning Jazz vocalist Gretchen Parlato has performed on some of the world’s most famous stages as a soloist and collaborating with jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding. Since winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition in 2004 Parlato has established herself as one of the most inventive of […]