Tipped as one to watch in 2020, Brighton based singer songwriter announces her pop debut
Overthinking concerns the emotional turmoil of a double break-up, when the pressure of Sianon’s move from small-town Dudley to cosmopolitan Brighton, coincided with the end of a relationship.
“I was going through a break-up while also missing my old way of life, all the people who would support me and be there no matter what,” she says. “I’ve always been an overthinker, I over analyse everything and imagine every single possible outcome of situations. Being far from home combined with a heartbreak, meant I experienced a lot of crazy stuff inside my own head, overthinking absolutely everything.”
The track is the first fruit of a year-long writing spree with some of Brighton’s finest producers and musicians that has seen the 22-year-old singer-songwriter blossom into a superb pop performer.
“I’m about as edgy as an orange,” she laughs. “I’m attracted to music that isn’t necessarily cool. I grew up listening to Westlife and Avril Lavigne and singing along to Take That at weddings. Taylor Swift was a big influence on my route into pop.”
Performing at open mic nights from age 14, Sianon developed a folky set she could perform anywhere. The reaction gave her the confidence to take up music after leaving school. She worked her way through university by busking and playing gigs wherever she could, supporting the likes of Gabrielle Aplin and appearing at the Isle of Wight festival. Learning to deal with the public, either as passers-by, or drinkers in pubs, helped hone her writing style.
Just as she was graduating, Sianon won Best Folk Song in the 2019 International Songwriting Competition. Her song, “Keep Dancing”, was selected from 19,000 entires.
“That made me realise I was onto something,” she says. “Ultimately, I’m aiming to write songs that tell stories like Dolly Parton’s do, with the undeniable catchiness of ABBA.”
Expect much more from Sianon in the coming months.
Discovered via Musosoup