Born in the beautiful town Perth, in Scotland, I grew up with my two sisters and our loving, supportive parents. At the age of 10 I began learning piano and quickly developed a keen interest in jazz and popular music. At fourteen years old I picked up the guitar whilst at school and began my songwriting career from there forward, writing for both piano, guitar and vocals.
I admired artists such as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Chet Atkins, John Legend, Jamie Cullum... and bands such as The Beatles, Coldplay, The Kinks and many more.
I swayed from my love of jazz and pop music and became part of an Alternative Rock band whilst studying a degree in Music at Perth College, which then progressed into a near full-time career for four years after my degree even.
I moved with our band through to Glasgow where we lived the next chapter of our lives and where we continued to write music together, performing in Glasgow and all around the country. After seven amazing years we went our separate ways and went on to do new things. I moved to Spain, my best friend (and our guitarist) Jamie moved to Australia, and our other friends progressed within their place of work.
Two months after moving to Madrid, I found out that my Father was once again ill with cancer and that this time was terminal. No words can describe the feeling that occurs when news like this is put on the table and I would never wish that upon anyone to experience.
I continued working as per my Fathers wish, which was for me to get on with my life and sharing my experiences and adventures with him over the phone. We shared a lot of precious time, talking on the phone every night before we both went to bed.
In May 2016 I was given the news from my Mother, and the nurses at Cornhill Hospice where my Dad was residing, that I should come home as soon as possible and spend some time with him before he rapidly declines. He is gone now, my Dad, and we got to say everything to each other that we wanted to say. I played him this new pop/jazz song which I had composed on guitar and he loved it. The only thing I'm disappointed in is that he never had the chance to listen to the song after it was recorded in full, as he really was looking forward to hearing it. I know he would be proud.
Although the lyrics of the song are mainly based around my decision to extend my stay in Spain after moving there, which meant parting ways with my girlfriend at the time, the main theme of the song is not what the lyrics depict. We Wanted Different Things is an ode to my Father, nodding towards his encouragement and support for me to try new things and never sit around waiting for good things to come
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