Beverley Beirne Works Towards Personal Growth



Apart from getting back in the studio and organizing an upcoming tour to promote her current album, Yorkshire jazz singer Beverley Beirne sees this as the perfect time to also focus on her growth as an artist.
"I'm working on The Ilkley Suite, and we go into the studio in a week's time. Besides that I’m also working on building a tour for JJWTHF (Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun) so checkout my website for updates on both of these.
"I plan on doing a great job on the Ilkley Suite recording, building the tour and getting more dates in to get JJWTHF out there. I always have new projects whizzing around in my head, so I can see at least 2 of those coming to fruition but really I just to play with brilliant musicians, playing fantastic music, continue to grow as an artist and honing my skills. I’d like to be a better pianist and write my own material so that’s something to work towards", said the jazz singer.

Beirne said she had been overwhelmed by the support that her album had received thus far and aims to build on this momentum going forward.
"Working on JJWTHF was really great. I started out with well over 100 songs from mainly the 80s and whittled them down to the final 12 that I then worked in jazz arrangements for with my pianist and co-arranger Sam Watts. We had a lot of fun with this and I’m really proud of the finished product which is now on the shelves in HMV and pretty much everywhere, which is a huge thrill to know that people are really supporting it", she said.

It has indeed been a whirlwind of a time for the singer, one that has given her career a lot of positives - she highlighted a few of those...
"Having Grammy winning producer Jason Miles produce my next two albums was a huge deal for me and Jimmy Bralower mixing for me. These guys are just top of the league and it really shows. Also getting the chance to work with the legend saxophonist Duncan Lamont on Esther Bennett’s project The Duncan Lamont Project which then led to him guesting on Dream Dancer on two of his own songs, that was really special too. "Working with my band on both Dream Dancer and my recently released album Jazz Just Wants To Have Fun was surreal, they’re all such phenomenally talented musicians", said Beverly.

Away from her own career, the Yorkshire singer and her husband have over the last 5 years put their time and efforts into making The Ilkley Jazz Festival a success.
"I also run The Ilkley Jazz Festival with my husband Mark and this year is our 5th year for which we commissioned a piece of music, The Ikley Suite, beautiful original songs and compositions by a fantastic northern pianist Jamil Sheriff. We’re recording this at the end of July and I have to tell you it’s pretty special and I’m really fortunate as I get to be part of this and sing these amazing songs", said Beverly.

Berverly was born into a family of musicians and so it was only a matter of time before she herself picked up the microphone. She has definitely made her own mark on the jazz musical landscape and is primed for greater things, that's for sure.
"I started singing in my late teens professionally but I used to sing along a lot to my parents record collection. Dad was into jazz and classical and Mum was into pop and country. I did a bit of musical theatre and I was in a rock band called The Last of The Houdini’s but jazz was always in my soul really. I love all kinds of music but I think I resonate with jazz the most. I’ve definitely come a long way since the early days of singing along to my parents records.
"I think deciding to focus just on jazz was a defining moment and continually working in being a better artist in this arena. There’s always so much more to learn amd that’s one of the things I love about this genre. I find it’s complexities enthralling", said Beirne.
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