Teenage singer-songwriter Phoebe Austin excited for post-lockdown music landscape ahead of live show in Sudbury to mark launch of debut EP
As live performing arts return in the new post-lockdown landscape, a teenage singer-songwriter from Sudbury is excited for the future of the music scene, ahead of the release of her debut EP next month.
Phoebe Austin, of Tudor Road, described the process of creating her first EP – due out on August 27 – over the last few months as “an awakening”, after a difficult year.
The 16-year-old, who graduated from Year 11 at Ormiston Sudbury Academy this summer, will mark the launch with a live concert at St Peter’s on Market Hill on Saturday, August 14, from 7pm.
Earlier this year, Phoebe raised more than £1,000 with a music live-stream in memory of her dad, Matt, who lost his battle with cancer in May 2020, aged 39.
She told the Free Press that writing and recording the EP, with the help of Bury St Edmunds-based producer Stephen MacLachlan, had helped her rediscover her passion for music, and she could not wait to share it.
“Honestly, it was one of the best experiences of my life,” said Phoebe. “I had a very difficult year, losing my dad, so being able to put this much of myself into my music has been such a cathartic experience.
“It was such an awakening for me, because I had come out of a label deal and felt very lost, so meeting Stephen was amazing for me.
“I’ve been writing songs since I was nine, and I wrote a lot during lockdown. I think, lyrically, I’ve progressed so much from when I released my first single when I was 13, and it has been really cool having my sound evolve as I grew up.
“The main thing is I want to share the music I make with people who love it, because that makes me feel like I’ve got some kind of purpose.
“I actually think it’s really interesting to see how the arts scene has changed over the last few years.
“Platforms such as TikTok have become more influential, and it’s amazing for people to get these opportunities through social media that they wouldn’t have had before.
“Live music can be cliquey but, on social media, if people like your music, you will be seen. It’s a nice change, because it’s different and I think different is good right now.”
The EP launch at St Peter’s will be supported by local singer Leon O’Leary, and Matt Pagan, from former Britain’s Got Talent-winning group Collabro.
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