Young singer-songwriter Saskia Griffiths-Moore, in partnership with London charity Music for Mental Wealth, brought her fans of all ages into Abbey Road Studios to record a new feel-good single ‘For You’, due out on Dec 6th.
On Monday 18th Nov, roughly 40 fans gathered on the steps of the iconic Abbey Road Studios for a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a record inside Studio 2, where the likes of Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, Bastille, George Ezra, Kano and Miley Cyrus have all recorded recently.
This experience was made possible by London singer-songwriter Saskia Griffiths-Moore, who crowdfunded the experience from her fans, and partnered with London charity Music for Mental Wealth to create an uplifting day for everyone, recording and filming inside the world’s most famous studio.
“I wanted to bring everyone together from as many different backgrounds as possible, involving a London charity, and a school, among others, to offer a joyful opportunity to do something truly unique. ‘For You’ is an uplifting track with the message that we have everything we need for life already inside us, and to record it with fans who’ve known me from the start, and new fans both young and old, was an unbelievably memorable experience.” Saskia Griffiths-Moore
‘For You’ is a soaring ballad featuring Saskia’s inimitable vocals, piano, a string quartet, and then the real recordings of her make-shift choir.
Fans of Saskia travelled far and wide to attend the recording with people travelling from mainland Europe in order to attend the event, a contingent from Brockwood Park School in Hampshire, and attendees of all ages, ranging from 9 to 75 - one of which Molly Hill, will be celebrating her 10th birthday on the day of release.
London based non-profit ‘Music for Mental Wealth’, founded by Laura Westcott who attended the event, provides emotional resilience workshops and coaching based on neuroscience to musicians, managers and their teams to prevent mental health challenges. For more information about coaching or to make a donation visit: MusicforMentalWealth.com
Saskia Griffiths-Moore plans to release ‘For You’ on Dec 6th on all major streaming platforms, as well as the video made with the choir via her website: www.saskiagm.com and she can be reached at @saskiagmsings on social media.
The track is available to pre-save here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/saskiagriffithsmoore/for-you
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For now, here's a cheeky sneak peak...
As many of you know, thanks to our sponsor JWC Guitars, and to the overwhelming success of the Kickstarter campaign, we were able to record a new album of folk music, inspired by the energy of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock 69, we recorded an album of Baez/Dylan songs in the historic and world famous Abbey Road Studios!
I'll let the images speak for themselves, save to say, we truly had an unforgettable time there, we spent every waking minute on the premises soaking in the atmosphere, the history and the creative energy of the place, and that I'm thrilled to be releasing this album into the world in autumn this year.
Proud to announce my next project at Abbey Road studios, sponsored by JWC Guitars!
In less than 2 months time I will head into those world famous studios to record the historic music of Joan Baez and Bob Dylan.
I am proud to announce this in partnership with JWC Guitars, on whose exquisite instruments I will be recording the entire thing!
I will also be announcing a kickstarter next week to fund the release of the album so watch this space!
In the meantime, here is an FAQ:
1) Which Baez/Dylan songs will you record?
Go VOTE* here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/452282048316315/permalink/1020077051536809/
*votes will be a rough guide, not a 100% guarantee, but I want to hear your thoughts!
2) Does the new endorsement conflict with the old one?
No, both Agnew Instruments and JWC Guitars are aware of one another, and are non exclusive. I feel this industry thrives on collaboration not competition, and I will continue to perform with both phenomenal instruments.
3) When are you recording?
End of May.
4) When are you releasing this album?
Kickstarter backers will get an early copy, but it's not scheduled for public release till September, which is a long time away, so pre-order when you can!
5) Why Baez and Dylan and not Joni Mitchell and Eva Cassidy?
Give it time!
Folk Radio UK put out the first review of Ocean of Stars! Find out what Peter Shaw says here: https://www.folkradio.co.uk/2019/03/saskia-griffiths-moore-ocean-of-stars/
Thanking Folk Radio UK for the glowing review, and premier of my new video 'These Hours'!
See here: www.folkradio.co.uk/2019/03/saskia-griffiths-moore-these-hours/
It's nearing my 4th anniversary as a full time musician! 🥳 SO I'm doing a little 'Did you know'....
- I lived in my van to make it work.
- I started out busking and STILL busk in London when I run out of cash (quite a lot of the time to be honest, especially in between tours)
- I shaved my head when I started
- I've raised £13K from the arts council and a whopping £19K on Kickstarter from individuals like you and me who care about the arts, and sold approximately 5K CD's
- I've managed to get my music videos played on Sky TV 6 times
- I'm self made. There are two sides to this, but in this case I mean I didn't go to Uni, I have no training in music, singing or business, I didn't have any startup money (actually started by maxing out a credit card to £2K to buy the equipment needed), and no-one encouraged me to do this. Actually when you tell people you want to do music they usually start to wrinkle their brows....and now when I tell people I do music they ALL say 'Ah, but do you make a living'? And while I take pride in being a full time musician, I'm not keen on defending the implicit assumption that it's unrealistic.
And do you know what IS unrealistic? For someone who loves music? To conceive of a life where music is not the centrepiece, one way or another, performing, creating, or listening and enjoying. I honestly don't know how people survive in this world without the joy of music to help them through.
Anyway, back to the topic...
- The other side of being self made is that I'm not really self made of course....what is an artist without an audience? I wouldn't have lasted 30 minutes without the people who've tipped me a coin, told me something encouraging, or pushed me to go beyond my limits. Or inspired me to. And nowadays, the people who've backed my kickstarter campaigns, come out to live shows, and helped me keep a roof (a real roof, not a tin one) over my head by buying all my merch. Or industry people putting me on, booking me for gigs, and helping to spread the word.
So here's the real reason I'm here this morning coming over all sentimental.
- Did you know...I live to share music with you? Sharing is the most important part of it.
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART.
So, HERE'S TO YOU!
And a fabulous, music filled 2019! 🎊🎉🎊
Let's take a walk through my 2018!
At the start of the year I was touring my album 'Night & Day' for the second time (Arts Council funded), taking it to newer and further out places... and it got wonderful reviews in some of the national circulars too... ***** "the sound of a major artist" RnR, **** Maverick Magazine, "Rising star of the UK folk scene" Music Republic Magazine
Mid spring I was delighted to have this video featured on Sky TV! (actually, ended up on Sky 5 times this year!)... The single was played on 13 BBC stations too, including national radio in Scotland ;) Which leads me on to my first Scottish tour! This was in April, and where I connected with the musicians with whom I would proceed to record the current album 'Ocean Of Stars' <3
Summer? Well festival Season! I was delighted to support Show Of Hands again at Lyme Folk Weekend, To play the Top stage at Keynsham Music Festival, proud to be invited to play Costa Del Folk Festival in Portugal with my lovely band, oh and the height of course being playing on top of Europe's tallest building - The Shard! Right at the very top, open air and everything! Had a lovely stint at the Troubadour in London, enjoyed Bristol Festival of Nature, the beautiful David Hall at South Petherton Folk Festival, and my first ever show at Hitchin Folk Club too. Oh! And....I was awarded my first instrument endorsement from Steve Agnew, which I have flaunted at every gig since ;)
And now for the autumn...as the seasons changed I began to crowdfund for the new album, knowing I was going to record in Scotland in October, and together we raised a whopping £7,500 (of initial goal of £3,500, which was reached within 5 hours of launching the campaign)! All set, I headed up to Scotland, wrote and recorded 'Ocean of Stars'.
Then all of a sudden, during halloween, my bag was stolen at the pub, and what did I do? I created a fundraising album, just for fans, and raised back the money needed to replace everything! It's called 'Lemonade' as an homage to turning something bad into something good, and is still available here.
And as the winter drew in in grey London, it stayed warm enough for me to busk in Trafalgar Square all throughout Christmas! I also managed to sneak a few gigs at the O2 ICON centre!!
So far on the cards is a 22 date launch tour for the new album in England (starting soon!), with the worldwide launch being 3rd March in London, and I'm currently booking a Scottish tour for May. NYC is also on the cards for April, and my team and I are preparing some mind-blowing video surprises to be released throughout the year! Festivals are booking in, we are making our debut in the Netherlands in June, and I plan to bring out more music, more energy, more shows and to reach many more people than ever before!
As you may have seen on my New Years Day Livestream (check my fb page), the thing I'm most grateful for is you. My fans and listeners. And all I want for next year is MORE!
Here's to a fabulous 2019!
Lots of love,
Today I got the final version of my new CD Ocean & Stars from producer Clive Gray in Scotland, and it's sounding immense!!! 🤩
I know it's a little premature, since no-one has heard it except me and him, but I want to take a moment to share a HUUUUGGGEEEE and public thank you to the musicians who made it possible! Calum J. Gordon, Neil Fraser, Nick Fry, Ali Petrie, Joseph O'Tweefe, Lukas Drinkwater, Jack Cookson 👏
I am incredibly grateful to everyone involved behind the scenes too (literally hundreds), and I'll put out a proper credit-post at a later date! Just wanted to focus for a moment on the musical talents of all these people I was incredibly fortunate to work with on this! :)
...we will be celebrating this new music with a 22 date tour in England next spring (Saskia GM // Ocean of Stars // 22 Date UK Album Launch Tour), with a launch in London on 3rd of March (Saskia Griffiths-Moore // Ocean of Stars // Album Launch Show), and I will start booking for a Scottish tour in May now.
This whole project was inspired by the creative community of the East Neuk of Fife, centred around Clive Gray himself, and it represents our combined efforts to blend people, countries and genre's together, and to be guided by our collective sense of beauty!
I couldn't be happier with how it's turned out, and I am jumping in my seat to share it with everyone next year!
Lot's of love as always.
"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they make the best of everything!"
Well, I had my bag stolen a few weeks ago in London, and I wasn't sure what to do, when a fan emailed in suggesting I make a fundraising album, recording my most requested cover songs!
So, I thought - this is a great way to make the most of a bad situation, and I asked my fans to pre-order a new album, and vote on the songs!
760 votes, 1 week, and 1 studio session later, here it is! I get things done fast ;)
This is a limited edition, fan-only, exclusive CD!
If you'd like to order a copy, you can see it in my shop here :)
Enormous thank-you's to my fans who supported this, and helped me turn a robbery into a reason to make more beautiful music to share with people!
I'd been wanting to make a solo acoustic album for a while, since my latest releases have been band oriented, so this was my chance to go back to the roots, as some people prefer, and to record the simple, original sound of one person and one guitar. No effects, no autotune, nothing artificial. Just the way I like it.
Enjoy! And much love to everyone!
Today it is my great pleasure to announce a new endorsement from Scottish luthier Steve Agnew. We met during my first tour of Scotland in April, and after enjoying some deliciously moist ginger sponge cake in his workshop and lazily playing through some tunes with Demi and Clive, we agreed I could borrow an Agnew guitar for my gig that night in Cellardyke.
Any instrumentalist will tell you that once you play something of great quality, it's hard to go 'back', and that's exactly what happened to me that night! I mean look at it...(pictured below)!
Once I'd left Scotland Clive played point person in arranging an endorsement for me, and a few facebook messages later this beaut was delivered to me by Parcel Force (who were, by the way, really, really annoying to deal with!).
I am honoured to be trusted to represent an instrument made with such integrity and to such a high standard and I look forward to performing with it at my future gigs! I expect a flood of guitar-enthusiasts to approach me at folk gigs wanting to play it for themselves ;) Come along, I will welcome you!
Steve Agnew fb page: https://www.facebook.com/pitscottie/
Official Website: https://www.steveagnew.com/
And if you are nosy enough to want to see the official press release, I'll attach it below. I'll also attach something much more funny... while I was researching how to write the best attention-grabbing headline, I came across a headline generator app! So I input the key words, and it came out with....(see below). Enjoy!