5 Minutes with musician, Lily Ward

Lily Ward will be performing at our event next week at Prince of Wales in Brixton. This singer has a beautiful unique sound, make sure you don't miss her set!

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Could you tell us about how you got into music?

I come from a musical family - my earliest and happiest childhood memories are listening to music and dancing in the living room with my Dad - to everything from rock and roll to Billy Holiday. I'm classically trained on Piano, which I've played since the age of 4 and I write piano music, too - but it's only recently, in the past couple of years, that I've started to play guitar. My Mum and Dad met at a classical guitar class so maybe it was in my blood all along! :) 

Can you describe your sound to our readers?

I would say... finger-picking gentle folk. I'm recording at the moment and on the tracks there will be lots of layers of lovely vocal harmonies - but for now, it's just me and my guitar when I'm live. 

You perform with a choir as well as solo - could you tell us a bit about your experiences with both?

I sing with London Contemporary Voices - I joined the choir just after they started, almost 7 years ago now, and in it I found the most incredible London-based musical family. They're all amazing, talented, lovely people and through the choir I've done everything from singing on BBC Radio, to backing artists like Sam Smith and Imogen Heap, and having a tonne of fun at festivals.

In terms of performing solo - I actually have pretty bad stage fright, so it's only been recently that I've managed to find ways to overcome that. I love sharing my songs and hopefully giving people something to enjoy listening to... and I'm hoping that eventually the stage fright will disappear altogether!

Where can we find out more about your musical ventures?

I'm @lilywardmusic on Instagram - and in fact just created this new page so any support welcome! On Facebook it's Lily Ward Music and my website is at www.lilywardmusic.co.uk