Her newly released album may be called ‘Tiny Spark’, but Lancashire songstress Stephanie Kirkham’s light will be shining brightly again after a nine-year hiatus.
It has been produced by the Grammy Award winning Phil Thornalley (Natalie Imbruglia, Pixie Lott, Bryan Adams, Thompson Twins) and features the hugely catchy track ‘Easy As 123’, which has been featured on the European TV campaigns from both EDF and Peugeot.
They say perseverance counts for much in this game. But perseverance will get you nowhere without raw talent to back up all that effort.
Stephanie, who grew up near Longridge Fell and in Chipping, now lives in Cornwall. She shot to critical and public acclaim with her first album, 2003’s That Girl, before a record-label closure left her without an imprint, but with plenty of fans and a plethora of unreleased would-be-pop masterpieces looking for a home.
Three years later, the follow up arrived, melding pop, jazz, Celtic folk and Tudor-esque madrigals, again impressing tastemakers from Uncut to Q Magazine, with plenty of ears then wondering where this talented young lady would go from there.
Just under a decade on and the questions have finally been answered. Evidencing how people like Stephanie simply cannot lose interest in writing songs, during her nine-year hiatus from the release schedule, she has been busy fine-tuning her approach to making music and engaged in off-on recording sessions alongside esteemed award winning producer Phil Thornalley; in between working and cementing her reputation as a celebrated visual artist.
‘Tiny Spark’ is released through Easy Action Records and distributed by Cargo.