Laurel Is Ready to Get Personal

This week, Huw Stephens, the voice of new music in the U.K. and beyond via his nightly show on BBC Radio 1, sits down with British singer Laurel. Next up, hear her stunning performance of "Life Worth Living," recorded exclusively for Sweet at The Social in London. First, Stephens talks to her about songwriting, nursery rhymes, and helps her name a new guitar.

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Huw Stephens: I'm a big fan of what you do and your songwriting. When did you start composing, and making music?

Laurel: When I was about 11, I started writing but they weren't really formed songs—they were kind of just nursery rhymes.

HS: Right.

L: Yeah, then I got a guitar when I was 13, so I started writing more properly then.

Her songs may be personal and emotional, but it certainly looks like Laurel enjoys playing them.
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HS: Do you remember any of the nursery rhymes that you wrote when you were 11?

L: Yes, one was called "Splashing in Puddles," and I will never sing it for anyone.

HS: Everything is going remarkably well. We've been hearing a bit of your music over the last year or so. What's the plan for the rest of 2016?

L: Oh, big question.

HS: You taking it easy? Just seeing what happens?

L: We've got some new tracks, and it's a bit of a different vibe from what I guess I've released before. I kind of want to change it up a bit. So, I'm just going to release some more music, really. Go on tour, be a musician...survive.

We can't wait to see what other songs Laurel has in store for us.
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HS: Nice. The song that you're playing for us today, "Life Worth Living," it's a personal song, this one, is it?

L: They're all very personal, yeah. I write a lot of personal music.

HS: Where did this song come from?

L: I wrote it a few months ago. It was about something that I think a lot of people have probably been through. You really love someone, and they make life worth living, and amazing, but they kind of mess your head up as well, at the same time. It's about, maybe sometimes it's worth it. Yeah. Not that I've been through that with anyone, at all, you know.

HS: How hard is it, as a young singer-songwriter, to get your music heard? I'm guessing there's a lot of competition, and a lot of other songwriters out there as well.

L: Yes, really difficult—and yeah, that's it. There are so many people that want to do it. There are so many talented people, and so much new stuff constantly, so yeah, it's probably one of the hardest things. I think when I started writing, I never really thought it would be this difficult. But, I guess it's worth it to make music.

HS: Yeah. Well, thanks for coming to play for us today.

L: Thank you for having me.

This is not the guitar she used for our session, but it may very well also be named Sweet. You never know...

HS: And, you're using a brand new guitar right here, for this session.

L: I am. It's very pretty. I haven't named it yet, though. So, I need to think of a great name.

HS: Maybe you could call it Sweet, after the channel?

L: Maybe I could. That's it!

HS: Laurel, thank you so much.

L: Thank you.

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