I am full of gratitude to have been able to release HELD today. My thanks to all of the beautifully creative people who helped me to realise my vision for the album, to those who inspired the songs, to those of you who have purchased the album already and given me such supportive and encouraging feedback, and to those radio producers, presenters and music reviewers who took the time to listen to the album, and have already given me a platform to share my songs with new audiences. I am also very aware of, and grateful for, hundreds of acts of kindness, generosity and support shown to me by so many people since I began making music as a child which have supported me to go on this wonderful and unpredictable musical adventure. Thank you.
In particular, I’d like to take this moment to honour the memory of David Ferguson, who gave me (and I know, countless others in the Scottish music scene) so much support and encouragement in my music making over the years, through his attendance at gigs (always smiling supportively in the front row!), CD purchases and reviews, including a beautiful review just weeks ago in The Fountain for this new album. I will fondly remember his enthusiasm, kindness and generosity, and I will miss his presence, as I know, will many. Wishing him perpetual light, and wishing his family warmth, attention, comfort and peace at this difficult time.
As some of you will know, many of the songs on this album were written after the loss of my dad. Some I really just wrote for myself, but working towards this album during lockdown, I started to think that they might be useful to other people in similar situations. So today, as well as thinking of David’s family, I’m thinking of anyone who has lost someone they love, and is missing them. If you listen, I hope the songs can be of some help.