Debut single gives Cumbrian musician courage to go live

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A TALENTED musician from Kirkby Lonsdale has released a well-received debut single.

Harry Stephenson, a 30-year-old singer-songwriter, launched his first single, You're Not Alone, last month, and the song is available now on iTunes, Spotify and other streaming and download platforms.

And although the South Lakeland musician has been writing songs from a young age, he says the time felt right to finally share his music with the world.

"I feel like I finally have enough life experiences to really tell a story people can relate to, and write songs that could help people when they need it." he says.

"My ability as a songwriter is now where it needs to be, and I now have my own style."

 Harry Stephenson

Harry Stephenson

Harry's first track is a melodic guitar-led song, and despite its lyrics about isolation, it delivers an upbeat message.

"It's about struggling to fit in and feeling isolated among your peers. This particular song was written after a night out that left me feeling a bit down a couple years ago.

"But the end message is more positive: keep your head up, other people are going through the same , you can get through it."

The initial reaction to the release has been overwhelmingly positive, with the single receiving more than 20,000 likes on Facebook in the first three days.

He continues: "All my friends and family like it - though I expect them to say that! But I've had people I know get in touch saying they heard me on the radio which was really cool, and on Facebook it just went mental."

Though recording in a studio was a new experience for Harry, he enjoyed the process at Heavy Rain Sound Studio in Windermere.

"It took me a long time to find the right studio to record, a lot of them felt very commercial and were very expensive." he says.

 Andris Kiss and Harry Stephenson

Andris Kiss and Harry Stephenson

"With Andris, the studio owner, I was happy we would achieve what I wanted and that he had the right skills and knowledge. The whole process was fun and laid back, he did a really great job."

Songwriting has been a lifelong passion for Harry, however, he is yet to play a gig, preferring to hone his craft before appearing live. After the encouraging response to his first single, the next step is a live show and perhaps an album in the near future.

"I've never actually played live, mainly due to work and life commitments - I work away frequently. For the moment I've been focusing on honing my songwriting ability."

On plans for an album, he added: "I have enough material that is the right standard and that I'd be happy to release, I actually have enough for at least two. I like albums to tell a story, so far the songs I have written all blend together to tell a story."

For Harry, the story has only just begun.

  • Harry Stephenson will play the Closed Mic Night at Baha Bowness on Thursday October 12. The event starts at 8pm, and entrance is free.

Friday, October 13, 2017 at 4:02PM
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