New UK Music: Annastasia Baker - You Turn

I love love love new music, especially new UK music.  

It's especially fun to be a part of the creation process.  You make something, let go of it, time goes by, and somehow it's grown wings and become something even more beautiful. 

New UK Music from Annastasia Baker

The forthcoming album from Annastasia Baker has done just that. Last year I was asked to be a part of a small team to write the debut album for this X-Factor contestant and Time2Shine winner.  It was abit of a jump to go for it, as Ava was about nine months old, and I would have to bring her with me to the sessions. The team, old friends of mine, were fine with that, and it turned out that Ava was at the perfect age to come along. Not yet walking, happy to sit with me, absorb her surroundings and take frequent naps!  There's no way she could come along now! The toddler phase is real people, my girl needs constant attention and stimulation, and it would just be unfair to have her cooped up in a studio for hours on end.  Also writing Gospel music was another jump for me as I had never written music for this genre, but again the challenge was fun & rewarding.

So here's the first single 'Pass it On' from Annastasia's album, You Turn. The track is a fun, uplifting song about the cycle of love: giving love, receiving it, and giving it away again.   It features Joshua Rogers, who's vocal gymnastics are craaazy, and he really adds something special to the song, in my opinion.  


My favourite lyric :

Enveloped inside a hug

You can find the greatest love

Though it's not such a big thing to do

It's like the story of a mustard seed

Grows into a great big tree

You never know what love's gonna do


A cover of my song 'First Love' has also been included on the album, have a listen.

Like what you hear?  Pre-Order the album.

Tune Thursday

This song speaks to deep things inside of me. The lyrics speak of a man with a dream who stepped out on the water, despite the fact that the tide was against him.  Everyone and everything seemed to oppose him, but he decided to try and live the dream in his heart anyways, and guess what? He did it. 

Now his friends bring him up when they're drinking

At the bar with his name on the side

And they smile when they can

As they speak of a man

Who took a homemade, fan-blade, one man submarine ride.


John Mayer's songwriting hits me over and over again. And one good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. X

Tune Thursday

Well Two Tunes Thursday actually.

My good friend Lanré's new song and video has had my attention lately.  I love the concept. How the amazing floating ribbons are somehow leading her home.  The nostalgic, dreamy way the whole video has been shot. All of that makes for a wonderful marriage of both song and visual. Well done L!


Another great song and visual marriage, this time by Midé. 'Windchimes' taken from his latest album E.G. is a super catchy, warming tune, and the simple visuals, beautifully shot are so so good. Shameless Plug Alert: I co-wrote and sang on a song from E.G. entitled 'I Will Wait', another reason to check him out me thinks.