Wowee…how has a year gone by since we wrote our ‘Top Moments of 2012′ blog?! We just had a little peak at last years blog with, a tear in our eyes….Oh the memories!! This year has been equally as memorable though, so we thought its only appropriate to go through our top moments of 2013 (so we can look back when writing our blog for 2014 with just as happy, tearful memories, hehe).
Sooooo…. in no particular order really…. drum roll please…. here are our top Moments of 2013!!
10. Our ‘Music Take-overs’ and general touring
This is something we started doing last year and carried on into 2013, and its been not only a very successful way to spread our music, but also great fun!! The general idea is we headed to various big cities and did a music take-over which usually involves us performing all over the city centre, and visiting as many radio stations as we can in the local area, and then a gig! Its always a long old day but we have had some brilliant times! Probably one of our favourite moments of these music take-overs was when we were busking in Guildford, and a little girl came and started dancing to our music – it was SO great to see a child not afraid of what anyone else thinks and dancing like there was no tomorrow Check it out, we got a bit of it on video…. cuuute
9. Recording our album ‘BE’
This really has taken up a lot of our year, and what an amazing experience its been! Recording your first album is something every musician dreams of… and its been something we really will never forget! We’ve had some beautiful, tear-jerkingly inspiring comments from you all about the album, and we’re so happy its getting the reaction it is. If you haven’t heard it yet, its a 14 track album and it is a mix of soul/pop/rock and blues…there’s something for everyone on there. Its currently only released on our website for fans in the UK, but we’re hoping to get this released properly in 2014 with a world-wide campaign. Buy it here
There are SO many unforgettable moments from when we recorded this, but here’s one of the biggest ones – when Allan recorded ‘that’ solo from ‘I Ain’t Got The Blues’
8. Our Pledge Music campaign!
Ok so this sorta ties into no9, as the pledge music campaign was for the making of our album – but we just wanted to make a special mention to all the amazing fans who pledged and supported us! We were blown away by all the support from you all… and it was such a lovely feeling whilst we were making the album to know that you were all involved and rooting for us. What a great invention Pledge Music is!
For those of you who want a little blast from the past, here’s a little video we made about making the album and getting involved….
7. Festival gigs!
We played at some AMAZING festivals this year, alongside artistes/bands like Bryan Adams, James Morrisson, UB40, and many more! Perhaps the loveliest part of this was that we were invited back to all the festivals we played last year, but promoted to bigger stages or being featured as a higher part of the line-up, which was a real honour. We had a great time performing at Magic Summer Live, Weyfest, Albury Festival, Rox Music Festival, Chislehurst Rocks, and of course Belfast Pride again, just to name a few… Here’s a little video of us performing LIVE at Belfast Pride!
6. MusicWeek feature!
This was just a few weeks ago… we were featured as No3 in Music Week, in their ‘Music Week presents’ top bands of 2013!! WOWEEE! That was such a proud moment…. we couldnt believe it! Its funny being in a band… you do all these gigs and write and record songs, and even though we get some amazing comments and messages from people on our Facebook/Twitter/YouTube etc, sometimes it all seems a but surreal and too good to be true (like someone is playing a joke on us, haha) – to see ‘Unsung Lilly’ featured in that poll really did mean a lot to us and it hit home what a great year we have had…
5. We put together a team in the USA!
We realised very early on when we started promoting our music online that whilst we have lots of amazing fans from all over the world, we seemed to specifically get a great response from people in the US…and so when Sera headed over to Midem (a big music industry event in Cannes) earlier this year, and she met oodles of lovely American industry people who wanted to work with us, we knew it was time to start building things there too. We have since then built a fantastic team of very lovely people in the states who are working with us and are hoping to be touring from April 2014! (Eeeek!)
4. ‘Just Be’
We had such an amazing response to this song, and everything that it represents, and we hope that this is just the beginning really when it comes to spreading this message! The song (if you haven’t heard it yet) is about overcoming the pressures from the media about the way you look – its for all those people who say to themselves ‘when I’ve lost a stone, I’ll do XXX’. Or those who find themselves looking at people in magazines and constantly striving to be as flawless, when even those models don’t look like that in real life. We have had an amazing response… from everyone, but most importantly from a lot of kids and teenagers who have said that this song has completely changed the way they feel about themselves… we’ve been inundated with requests to come and perform the song at schools, which we really want to build into our touring schedule next year, and the song really seems to have struck a chord with a lot of people. Its an important subject that a lot of big brands are promoting at the moment, and it really is so important… there are so many people out there who beat themselves up all the time about the way they look and its time for the world to accept and love ourselves the way we are, and see the real beauty that each of us has. Using our music to spread messages like this is what we are all about…music can be so powerful and we want to use that to inspire people as much as we can.
Here’s our video for the song and buy the song here - you can also buy the video!
3. ‘I Remember’ single release
We released ‘I Remember’ in December this year. It was a memorable moment because it shows a different side to us as a band. For those of you that have heard the album or seen us play live, you will know we are a diverse band and have many different influences…and ‘I Remember’ is an example of our more serious side, which people have responded really well to.
Its a bit of a romantic song this one…. and very stripped back, just Frankie and her piano, with a touch of harmonies and soft bass…. check it out and buy it here
2. Sera and Frankie’s trip to LA!
Well, all you have to do is take a look at our last few blog posts to see a proper run down of what went on in LA, but the girls had a fantastic time performing in LA and also in Palm Springs. They met some amazing people, got to connect with lots of new fans and fell in love with California! Its safe to say we will all be back soon! We hope!
Here’s the video the girls shot whilst on their trip, edited and shot by Errol Colandro.
1. Building up some amazing support and connecting with fans from all over the world!
This has and always will be the reason we do this really… the support we get from you all is AMAZING and we would just like to thank you all for everything this year – for buying our songs/album, for watching and sharing our videos, for your comments and messages that are always so supportive… we have a funny time sometimes as a band because in the eyes of a lot of music industry people we don’t really fit into a ‘box’, (and it would be a lot easier to put us in one!) but you guys as fans keep us going and keep us believing in what we are doing. Its been so brilliant chatting to you all online and we hope that we will always be able to connect with you all in that way.
As a little thank you, this is how we responded to everyone who took part in our pledge music campaign earlier this year – sending a handwritten thank you to everyone and a gift wrapped CD! (It took us forever but we wanted to do something personal for you all!) – Thanks to Jonas De Keukelaere for this photo!
Much love to you all and we hope to see you some time in 2014!! We have some very exciting plans for the coming year, which will all be shared soon so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages!
Happy new year to you all
Sera, Frankie, Russ, Allan & Wayne