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Lisa Redford Unplugged- Awards to Crowdfunding

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Lisa Redford Unplugged- Awards to Crowdfunding

One of my vocal students, the incredibly talented 12 year old Breeze Redwine from Starston, had recently made it to the grand final of TeenStar 2015, the UK’s biggest search for teenage and pre-teen singers. I’m really excited to say that she was the winner in her category! I was so proud that she performed my song ‘Here Alone’ to a capacity crowd at Birmingham’s NEC, an acoustic song which she had recently recorded at the Mill Studio near Diss.

She also achieved the highest score of the night from the industry judges. TeenStar is organised by Future Music who have been responsible for the likes of former X-Factor finalist Luke Friend, Lucy Spraggan and Birdy and over 9,000 acts entered the competition this year across the UK. 



The prestigious music industry judges included record label representatives, executives from music management companies, recording studios, professional musicians, national press and the examination board, Rock School. It’s an amazing achievement and I’m sure Breeze has a great career in music ahead of her. 

Here is her stunning performance at the NEC of 'Here Alone'

Also this month I’ve been filming a new music video which will be online soon. The video, which is for one of my acoustic songs ‘Time to Grow’, was made by hugely talented local film maker and photographer Claudia Taveira Photography and we’ve collaborated on a few videos and photo shoots in the area. Norfolk provides many beautiful locations for shoots, from the coast to the broads, around Norwich cathedral, Foxley Wood is another favourite, and she has filmed lovely music videos for my songs. You can see me playing my guitar and ukulele all over Norfolk on my YouTube channel which includes links to our previous videos:

I've also recently covered a song by country artist Kacey Musgraves. Doing a ukulele cover of her song 'Late to the Party'

Music and songwriting is my passion and I enjoy writing a regular music column for Songwriting Magazine, aimed at songwriters and fans of song-led music. In the column I also share my experiences as a songwriter and give advice on various aspects of being an artist. Previous subjects have included dealing with stage fright, writer’s block, using social media, face to face networking, collaborating with other writers and writing music for film and TV. My latest one has been about crowd funding, something that has become increasing popular over the last few years.

As an independent singer/songwriter, self funding and promoting an album and EP has been a costly business, so for my next release I’ve been considering the crowd funding route, something I’ve not tried before. Fans actively participate in an artist’s project and in return artists offer a variety of rewards which can range from exclusives, experiences and signed merchandise, depending on the amounts of money they’ve received. 

Here’s a link to all my songwriting columns so far and I’d love to hear from any songwriters and bands in the area who have successfully funded a release: 

Another passion of mine is music education and I always feel really inspired after going along to music workshops and masterclasses. Music & arts charity Musical Keys who work with people with complex &/or additional needs and who this year are celebrating their 25th anniversary, are running Creative Connections, free music and arts workshops, aimed at 13-25 year olds. They’re happening all this month and provide a great opportunity to learn some excellent creative skills.

Workshops include song and lyric writing, music technology and production, sampling, sound for film, foley recording and sound FX, group drumming, iPad composition and Rock School, a two day workshop where those attending get the chance to develop song writing and performance skills, receive instrument tuition and get to write and play music with band mates with the help of professional musicians. All these sound like invaluable skills for embarking on a music career and I’d certainly be interested in attending a few of those myself.

The morning and afternoon workshops will be happening at Create Norwich (formerly the Norwich Music Hub) who have recently moved in to new premises in Trowse creating a relaxed, engaging environment full of hi-spec kit. Places are free but must be booked in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information visit

Looking ahead to autumn and I’m really looking forward to be supporting the renowned Eliza Carthy at OPEN Norwich on October 14th.  For all my upcoming gigs and teaching information, please take a look at

Lisa Redford 

"one of our finest singer/songwriters" Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

"In a sea of smart female singer/songwriters Lisa Redford is an admiral" Maverick magazine **** 

Bob Harris Session 

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