Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Say Something”?
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song? I wrote Say Something when I was working at a Mental Health Charity called Core Arts. One of my clients explained a frustrating conversation he had with his therapist, not feeling he was getting the support he needed. This inspired the song Say Something.
3. The single comes off your new album Skyline – what’s the story behind the title?
Skyline is a reference to looking further than what’s in front of you, trying to find a positive outlook on everything.
4. How was the recording and writing process?
The recording and writing for this album was wonderfully easy. It was my first experience collaborating with another artist – Dr Rubberfunk. Simon was great fun to work with, we share very similar influences.
5. How did Gospel influence this record?
I have been singing in gospel choirs since the age of 19 but even before this, I fell in love with gospel music. I grew up listening to Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace album and Mahalia Jackson records. Experiencing traditional Southern Gospel in New Orleans also filtered into my writing on the album.
6. What role does Susan Tedeschi and Janis Joplin play in your music?
Susan Tedeschi and Janis Joplin are powerful, emotional performers which soaring vocals, and huge amounts of energy and presence. I try and bring these elements into live shows.
7. Can you talk about how Gospel Choirs are used to help to uplift people in times of need, is that why you decided to join a Gospel Choir?
I joined a gospel choir primarily for my love of gospel, soul, rnb music, and the physical feeling of singing harmonies with a large group of professional singers. Gospel music was created initially to bring hope and faith in times of struggle, which is why the music and lyrics are so uplifting. I do also believe that the power of many voices singing together is also a hugely uplifting to be a part of, or to experience.
8. Any plans to hit the road?
2017 is going to be a very exciting year for me and the band. We’ll be hitting the road once the album’s released in February.
9. What else is happening next in Izo Fitzroy’s world?
We’ve also just finished writing album 2 and will be heading back into the studio next year.