Introducing Nancy Black…

When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I think I’ve always known that I wanted to be a performer from as far back as I can remember. On my 13th birthday my mum bought me my first guitar, I taught myself the basics and things grew from there.
Whilst still a timid 16 year old I joined a local workshop for girls who wanted to get into music….
One of the mentors asked me to play one of my own songs. I played the first song I ever wrote which I had written back of an old receipt whilst on a train.
I was so nervous but after I finished she just sat there beaming at me.
A few weeks later I was on stage in front of 1500 people at a local music festival, it was an incredible feeling. I have a lot to thank her for, she made me believe anything was possible.
 
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
Music has always been a big part of my life. My dad would play the same CDs in the car, over and over again.
There was one album in particular, Alanis Morsette’s iconic album ‘Jagged Little Pill’ that sparked something in me to begin exploring song writing.
I grew up listening to a diverse range of music one thing I  loved was musicals, I would endlessly play the soundtrack of Oliver and then recreate it by putting on a show for my family and the dog. But I’d also listen to the likes of Radiohead, Linkin Park, Eminem, Marilyn Manson, Britney spears and Christina Aguilera, it was a bit of a mix. My tastes have always been hugely versatile but I think that’s important as an artist, to be open to ideas and different styles, taking inspiration from all genres.
I have always liked is the idea of being theatrical with music, making it a spectacle and giving the audience something to talk about, so for me in that respect, Madonna was a massive influence and more recently, Lady Gaga.
 
How long have you been playing/writing?
I’ve been writing music since I was 13 and gigging from the age of 16 when I joined an all-girl rock band. I eventually went solo at 18, that’s where I really started to find my own style.
 
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
It’s important for me to gig as much as possible from high energy shows in clubs to gentle acoustic sets. I always like to be performing, to be using my voice and of course it’s all about networking and performing to an audience of potentially new fans.
I’m currently working on a new show that will be ready to go in the New year, in the meantime I’m keeping busy playing the new material at local acoustic nights.

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