"It's really exciting! It feels like a whole new adventure. I've never done anything like this before, so I never really expected my music to connect with so many people. I'm just taking it as it comes and savoring all of the wonderful moments."
"When we played Glastonbury Festival, which I had never been to before on the Pyramid Stage, before The Rolling Stones — that was an awesome moment. A realization, I guess. And when we supported Prince in Stockholm [at the Stockholm Music & Art Festival], that was really special. Then we did the BBC Prom at Royal Albert Hall. That was the first time I heard my songs set to an orchestra, so that was also a moment of recognition and taking it all in, I guess."
"My favorite singer of all time is Lizz Wright. Her voice and music inspire me, but it's also the way she talks about musical ideas and philosophies. I listen to her interviews as much as I listen to her songs. Playing with a youth orchestra when I was very young made a real impression on me, and I think my studies are, hopefully, evident in my music. I had teachers and peers who were always about listening to all sorts of music. When I studied at university, I was hearing so much music that I had never heard before and met with so many people who performed — whether it was Irish folk music or with the amazing jazz department at the Birmingham Conservatoire or the singing department. It had a heavy influence on the way that I write, and the way that I think about music."
"I like to be at home. I like to be isolated — I get really self-conscious if people can hear me improvising. I love being outside as well, in the garden especially at my family home. I don't put pressure on myself. If it happens, it happens, but if it doesn't, you move on. Music is supposed to a be a fun release. If I'm not in the right frame of mind, I just step away from it."
"Even in the last week, we've had so many things happen and have met so many people. Playing with a full orchestra would be fantastic. That's what I had in mind for the original sound of the album. We managed to create an orchestral sound, but we used musicians in the studio, and we would layer up all the parts. [For now], we're touring, touring, touring. I'm really excited to play New York, there's so much excitement about what we're doing!"