Ione, originating from Manchester UK, is a singer-songwriter. Her love of singing began in her church choir at the age of three, from where she progressed through classical vocal training and performances to sharing her gift with renowned professionals across the globe.
We got a chance to ask Ione some questions, here’s what she had to say.
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“Growing up I listened to Soul gospel and a lot of what was on the radio. I was really inspired by Mariah Carey and Destiny’s Child”.
What has been your best gig?
“I played the mainstage at Feel Good Festival in Rochdale last year. It was a very rainy day so turnout wasn’t as good as usual but it felt so good to be singing my own songs with my own band”.
At just 14, you became a session singer and backing vocalist, how did you find performing at such a young age?
“It didn’t feel like a job at 14 I was just doing I loved. Because my background was gospel I was always in a small group or choir. It’s not until I look back and now and see that recording for an album at Abbey Road Studios is at 14 is actually quite cool, I didn’t always understand what it meant then I just loved to sing”.
You moved from Manchester to London to further your career, how different are the two cities music scenes?
“Manchester has a great music scene so does London as found as a jobbing singer there were was so much more work in London which was a blessing and a curse. In London I was always working but not necessarily doing my own music which is ultimately what I want”.
You’ve been invited to join a European and American Tour as backing vocalist to singer Adam Green and you’ve performed with the likes of GORILLAZ, Errol Brown (Hot Chocolate) and Paul Heaton, how did you find working with these amazing artist?
“Working with all these artists was great, sometimes you’re in and out and of the session and they barely catch your name but really being on the road with Errol Brown and his family was amazing and the Foals are lovely to work with and for and it was very inspirational doing Radio 1 Live Lounge and Jools Holland with them”.
You joined the cast of “Thriller live” and eventually became Lead in one of the longest running shows in the West End, what was that experience like?
“Musical Theatre is fun and quite intense. I really enjoyed touring and being in the West End with Thriller. I was on tour before lockdown with another musical called “Beautiful-The Carole King Musical” which was amazing and very full on and I met amazing friends too”.
You’ve recently released your own music, how did you find the process of creating your own material?
“I love creating my own music, I think songwriting is my favourite part. I create in a variety of ways, either writing to backing tracks, co-writing lyrics, producing from scratch or starting at piano”.
Can you tell us a bit about your music?
“My latest single is called Loved by You and speaks about our basic human need to loved and be loved. It’s has a real throwback r & b feel that I love”.
Can you describe your music in 3 words?
“Classic pop, throwback r&b, heartfelt”.
What makes your music stand out?
“I think my music stands out because I pay attention to everything. My music has a singer-songwriter feel but I also love big production, I love harmonies and arrangements too. I also tend to talk about topics in a unique way that is personal to me but still resonates with others”.
What are your plans for the rest of 2020 and for 2021?
“The rest of 2020 will consist of me working on new music for my next project and planning the release of my E.P “The Tide is Changing” which is due out January 2021”.
If you had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“I’d love to be remembered for creating the life I want in every way and encouraging others to do the same”.
Do you have any gig’s coming up?
“My next gig will more likely be an E.P launch in 2021”.
By Siân Parker