This year I will be recording my upcoming EP 'Nightingale'.
The songwriting and work towards this EP has been very close to my heart, and draws upon influences from the Jazz artists I have studied and loved for years.
I'm incredibly excited to get into the studio with my amazing band and the record songs I have written over the last couple of years - plus some of my favourite jazz covers. I'm also thrilled to have the incredible Adam Saunders arranging this EP.
The title of the EP comes from the standard, 'A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square'. I absolutely love this standard and feel a very special connection to the song - even more so because my Papa used to call me his 'Nightingale.' He unfortunately passed away last year. Papa and I shared the same passion for jazz and is one of the many reasons why I'll be recording this EP.
Highlights of my musical career so far have been singing with the Ronnie Scott's AllStars, playing at Glastonbury, Boardmasters Festival, BBC Radio London, BBC Introducing, BBC Arabic and The London Jazz Festival at Pizza Express Jazz club.
Previously I've written, recorded and sung with some amazing musicians including, Gwilym Simcock, Ian Shaw and producer Richard Niles (Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue). All of these opportunities have been incredible and with this upcoming EP know that I can develop my music event further and experience many more opportunities.
Taking the next step
To help me with the costs of producing a successful high-quality EP, I made the decision to crowdfund this project. Through Crowdfunder, jazz fans have an opportunity to pre-order a copy of the EP and be amongst the first to hear it.
Having already written the songs, I know that they will be sound fantastic with some of the best jazz musicians working in London.
It has been my ambition to record this EP for a long time but the costs involved in using a proper studio, musicians, arrangers and the production of it all have made it difficult to take the next step. Raising the money through Crowdfunder will resolve this and allow me produce an EP for you all to enjoy.
Let's make music together
It would be fantastic to have your support. Please take a look at the exclusive rewards I have available in return for your contribution. I would love to share my music with you!
All my love and thanks,
Josie Florence x
This project has been approved for funding through the Artists + The Crowd match funding. It has received a bridge of 25% towards its fundraising target from Arts Council England.