Busker Sue lands album deal after being spotted in town
Last updated at 11:29, Thursday, 17 October 2013
FROM the streets to the shelves, is a Cleator busker who is releasing her debut album.
Sue Wickwar was spotted 18 months ago as she played in Whitehaven’s King Street and is now releasing her first album, Afraid of Love.
Sue was spotted about 18 months ago by music producer Don Dean who heard her busking and liked the sound of her voice. He wanted her to do some session work with him, this led to him offering her an album deal which they have spent nearly a year perfecting.
The 10-track album features all originals from the singer/songwriter.
“I wear my heart on my sleeve and my album is an expression of this,” Sue said. “The songs are based on my personal experiences so I am sharing my inner most thoughts and feelings with the listeners.”
Music has always been Sue’s passion although she hid the fact that she was learning to play the guitar from her parents and was a shy performer.
Up until two years ago she was a driving instructor but abandoned her career of 17 years to concentrate on her music.
“It was a brave decision for me to give up my job but I was at a point in my life where there was too much stress and something had to go,” she said.
“The risk has paid off and now I am doing something I really love.”
Sue said her album is an invitation to people to experience the things I have in a melodic way through “diverse styles”. She prides herself on the variety of music genres on the album, with rockier songs and ballads complementing each other.
Her strongest musical influence is American singer Janis Ian; when she was a teenager all her money would go on her records.
Out of the 10 new songs Sue says her favourite is Opal Blue, which is sampled from a poem of the same name by local poet Emma McGordon.
“I took a section from her poem and built the song around that; even now when I listen to it I get chills down my spine, it is just such a beautiful piece,’’ Sue said.
The launch of her new album will be at the Florence Arts Centre, Egremont, where she has long been a supporter of their work.
“My album has taken a while to come together,” Sue said, “but I was in no rush as I wanted it to be perfect.
“I am so happy with the end result, it is years of dreams condensed into a CD. This is not the end of my journey. If anything it is only the start of what will hopefully be a long and happy music career.”
Sue is adding another string to her bow next month when she launches her own guitar-making business.
She said: “I come from a family with a passion for woodwork. My dad worked with wood as did my great uncle who was a cabinet maker and something must have passed on to me.”
Sue will be selling her guitars in shops and online.
Her album, Afraid of Love, is out on Friday, October 25. Tickets for the launch party are £8 on the door at the Florence Art Centre or by phoning 01946 824946. Doors open 7.30pm.
First published at 11:28, Thursday, 17 October 2013
Published by http://www.whitehavennews.co.uk
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I see there is the album's title track on YouTube now, albeit audio only. Better than nothing I guess, but good music doesn't sell itself unfortunately. Good luck Sue.
Best of luck from one of your fans, look forward to buying your first album!
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