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Q&A with Graham J

Graham J

What are you listening to right now?

I’m currently listening to a lot of Curtis Stigers. He’s such a classy musician. I’m also listening to Anohni, I love her way with words and how she shakes her songs. As it’s the season I’m also listening to Jazz Christmas on Apple Music. I love me some Bublé.

How did you get into music?

I was always singing. I apparently ran up and down my cot all night warbling. I then went and joined a boys choir at St John’s Lane here in Dublin. I received my initial training as a chorister.

What have you been reading lately?

I read a lot. I study a lot of books about music, bios of singer, musicians etc and books on music theory. I also read a lot of Poetry to help inspire good lyric writing. For pleasure I read a lot of fiction. I’ve just finished Graham Norton’s Holding. I really enjoyed it. It was a wonderfully crafted story.

Who is the most influential person in your life?

I know it’s a cliché but I’d have to say my Mother. She never looses her head or her sense of humour. She keeps on going no matter what life throws at her and always remains kind and compassionate with others.  She’s also quite flamboyant, which she’ll never admit.

Which song do you wish you had written?

So many to choose from. What I love about my musical life at the moment is the freedom to choose a song and to reimagine it for myself. For example I’m releasing a new EP after Christmas. I’ve reimagined tunes by artists as diverse as Sia, Anohni, Joni Mitchell and Bowie. Working on these arrangements has been a huge influence on my song own writing. Which will hopefully become evident when I release a further EP of all original material in the Spring.

We’re at the bar. What are you drinking?

That’s easy, G&T. It’s like Mother’s Milk. I can drink it without suffering any after effects.

Who would you dread getting stuck in a lift with?

Cameron Mackintosh. I’d hate for us to be rescued until I’d gotten him to agree to let me sing Valjean in Les Miserables. I’d be trying to keep us there.  One of my biggest dreams is to sing that role ever since I saw Colm Wilkinson perform it.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I’ve always wanted to be a singer. I’ve never wanted to be anything else. I love being in stage and entertaining people.

If you were a London tube station, which one would you be?

Leicester Square, for me it’s the gateway to the West End. It’s close to the Jazz clubs in Soho and the many theatres London has to offer.

Are you heading to London?

I am yes. I’m coming over to perform several times next year. I’ll be performing at various clubs including The Battersea Barge.

How can we find out more about you?

You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube by searching for my handle grahamjsings or you can head to my website www.grahamjsings.eu you can send me emails check out videos and links to my various pages.

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