Zoë’s expressive voice, arresting and haunting in turn, has been likened to those of Amy Lee, Kate Bush, Enya and Tori Amos. She has performed all over Scotland, collaborated on two previous albums, and was a must-have addition to the 2009 Homecoming Closing Ceremony. Her passion is performing and recording her own songs, a heady mix of a wide spectrum of influences from 70s classic rock to acoustic indie, modern pop, symphonic metal, folk, and classical.
My song lyrics cover a mix of themes – including the usual ones you’d expect from a singer-songwriter like joy, love, heartbreak and loss – but I like to think I put across some wisdom and wit, too. A quirky and more playful side also comes out here and there! The lyrics are important, and I try to convey them as powerfully as possible, whatever the mood or attitude of the song.
Since early years, about nine, I’ve been performing around the Lothians and Edinburgh: pop, folk, world, classical and jazz, besides, increasingly, my own compositions. Nowadays, unless I am performing with others, I accompany my voice with the piano, which is also my composing tool.
For the last four years I’ve had my head down, studying composition at Napier University, and apart from a week of solo shows playing at the renowned Jazz Bar during the Edinburgh Fringe festival 2014, I’ve been doing only occasional gigs.
I have recently recorded a new EP of six of my songs as part of my degree portfolio, working with the talented and creative Richard Werner at B&B Studios, Edinburgh.
I have loved being in studio again, the buzz of working with other musicians; full-time composing is so satisfying but can be very solitary. I’m so looking forward to performing again, and being in the “real” world!
My new EP, Running Through the Dark, takes its name from a line in one of the songs, Euphoria, and in fact most of the tracks are (lightly!) touched by darkness.
You can listen to the EP here on the "My Music" page. It will be available for download via iTunes after its release (date to be confirmed).