Fri 15th Jun

This week has been pretty awesome. It started with a band practice with Izzy with our ukuleles! If someone was to ask my favourite hobby, it would be playing my ukulele with Izzy, it’s great to collaborate with another musician who has similar music taste. She’s an amazing singer and it pushes me to be my best when I’m collaborating with her.

I’ve kept up my social life this week. Played bingo and didn’t win (I dont think I’ll ever win again!), I had my new earrings taken out and found out they’re not as healed as I’d hoped! But it’s great to have nice earrings in now rather than those you get when you get them pierced for the first time!

This week has been full of voiceovers, return buyers, songs, jingles and kids songs and singing. I also covered this today!



4th June

Currently experiencing a quiet time on the work front. Very rare these days but always makes me a little anxious! However, I Feel I’ve improved since my previous quiet times though because I have spent my quiet time going to see friends and family and staying busy – socially! This time a few years ago, I’d be a nervous wreck, waiting for orders, thinking about orders, waiting and thinking about stuff but not doing anything to improve the situation or taking my mind off it!  When you’re self-employed, sometimes there are quiet times. But this isn’t always necessarily a bad thing.

A lady I’ve been working with on writing songs for her Youtube sent me a link to her new video. She dedicates her youtube channel to her son Beau! He also features in the videos and he is AMAZING! Tanya wrote the lyrics for “A-U-T-I-S-M” and I brought them to life with music and vocals. I wrote the lyrics & music and sang “Like An Animal” (our first song together). I hope you enjoy these videos like I did! I’m looking forward to song three this week!

Cover Songs

Thu 3rd May

It’s very difficult to stick to a blog when it isn’t second nature! This week I’ve had a bit of a sore throat, which is always really not cool. But I used my time well by visiting family… hopefully not spreading my germs! I’ve been singing a lot of children song’s lately, along with radio voiceovers and I’ve recently written a jingle for a kids website that promotes saving the earth. I uploaded my new EP to Bandcamp (www.shiftypop.bandcamp.com) and got my first two sales! I won’t be able to see if I’ve had sales on Amazon or iTunes for a while… Today I’ve had a lot of time on my hands, so I covered George Ezra’s Paradise.

I hope you will have a listen and maybe leave a comment on it or even a like!

Diary Entry, Uncategorized

Thu 12th Apr

Ahhh! It’s nearly a month since I posted. March 16th… what have I done since then! Well, I’ll look in my little diary.

At the end of the month we took our last holiday together (before I’m a Mrs!) to Rome. It was great. So many historic sights (Colosseum & Vatican were my favourite) and so much great food. Ice-cream, Pizza, Pasta, Lasagne… the list goes on! It was a lot of walking, which I’m not used to obviously from sitting in the house most of the week aha!!

I had some radio voiceovers and one nursery rhyme to do before we left and then I put my Fiverr page on 7 day delivery. Someone finally ordered a project they’ve been talking about for almost a year which was fantastic because I couldn’t wait to get started on that one. I had to do that the first day I was home because they needed it fast! Which meant delaying picking up the rabbits for another day but sometimes I do have to shuffle my plans to get deliveries in on time! Got to keep my customers happy!

I started and finished my second Italian children’s nursery rhyme – which was liked! The guy I work with on these is Italian and sends watsapp voice clips telling me what he needs. English is his second language but he’s really good at telling me exactly what he wants which is great because I can’t speak Italian! Maybe I should learn?

Easter arrived, orders dried up a little. Always makes me a little anxious when that happens, but when I look back at previous years, this is the “quiet time” which now is beginning to busy up already… so panic over! I did a voiceover for an explainer video with original music, two new songs for my friends in Brazil, worked a long easter cinema shift, visited my family for a night, stayed the night in Cheltenham the weekend just passed, started the third Italian children’s nursery rhyme, worked another shift in the cinema, sang two nursery rhymes for a lovely return buyer from years ago – I’ll be writing more for her over the next few months and beyond, now today I write two nursery rhymes for my buyer in Italy and… I raise my glass (arms) to the new tax year 2018/2019… I had my best year this year just passed, so if this is a good one, we’ll get a great mortgage when we buy next year – fingers crossed!


Album Releases

The Shiftypop EP is coming soon!

Shiftypop EP LARGE

Look what’s coming! I finally decided… it’s time to release an EP! It will include my favourite 5 tracks which I’ve written over the past 4 years. When my Mac broke, I lost the full 12 track album I was getting together. Thankfully I’d uploaded two of the album ready tracks to Soundcloud and I had one on my external hard drive and I wrote two new ones this year! I’m so excited to release this next month. A very special day too. Exactly 6 years to the day after I released the Toypop EP in 2012 for my university course. It will be hitting the iTunes stores, Spotify… on Friday, April 13th 2018!

Diary Entry

Thu 15th Mar

This week has been so busy. Since Monday, I’ve recorded vocals for 13 kids songs and recorded 10 radio voiceovers, finally completely finished the bible story songs which I’ve been working on for the past 3 weeks (or longer!?) and just sent the last files for the 30 second shop jingle I’ve been working on. I had an “ear infection” scare over the past few days and a mega sore throat yesterday but today it’s all cleared away! So thankfully I’ll be cancelling my doctors appointment in the morning. I’m now fully fit to keep recording! Hurrah!

My nephews will totally like this video…10 Red bottles Spiderman Style!!

Yesterday I recorded some voiceovers advertising Telford Shopping Centre. It makes me so excited when Telford pops up because all my family live there. Such a small world! I better get back to the washing now it’s all quietened down… Laters!

Diary Entry

Mon 12th Mar

I’m feeling tired today. our new bed’s amazing but I had quite a sleepless night. But after a morning of writing a 30 second jingle for a shop in South Africa, singing for three kids songs and getting an order for 17 more kids song vocals from a lovely buyer based in South Korea I’m feeling this week is going to be a great one, ready for our trip to Rome next week. The car passed the MOT today – Hurray!!! Very GREAT day. I wonder what other projects I’ll get my hands on this week.

Diary Entry

Thu 8th March

Wow, hasn’t time flown! I thought I’d better post here now I’ve got a little more to write about. The last few weeks have gone in a flash. I’ve just returned from an early morning shop so I can sit in and wait for our new bed to arrive. It’s incredible what buying a new piece of furniture can do to a person – the house has been completely cleared of stuff we don’t use anymore and has really created a positive atmosphere in the house!

My motivation for songwriting dipped over the past few weeks, but since a huge snowfall has been and gone and the sun is now out, I’m feeling very motivated to write some beautiful music! I’ve had a few messages from people interested in my work which is great and I have one more song to finish for the fairly big collection of bible songs I’ve been composing. Still saving for our wedding, which is now almost only 8 months away!

I found this video for a recent jingle I write lyrics for, composed and sang! I Love it, have a listen! It’s a beautiful sprinkle of magic.

I’ve been singing many children songs over the past week, along with composing more nursery rhymes with original lyrics from my buyers. It can get a bit repetitive when I make nursery rhymes with the same lyrics over and over, so when buyers put their creativity into their lyrics, or ask me to, it puts a whole new spin on the nursery rhyme world! I also had a buyer from Australia who bought a song for their youtube channel. When it’s up I’ll share it here because it’s going to be a fun one!

What else have I done… many voiceovers for radio. Someone wanted me to write them lyrics and melody for a new children’s song for their youtube channel. I’ve never done that before! They wanted their musician and child singer to sing it, so I wrote lyrics and sent over a rough acapella singing it so they got the melody. They loved it! It was quite fun to focus just on lyrics and melody. Can’t wait to see it finished. Aha and look at this!!


Fri 16th Feb

Hurrah! I kept my top rated seller status on Fiverr this month. This weeks been so quiet, which has allowed me to tidy up and continue the wedding planning.

Last night we had friends to stay! Which was really fun. Then Today I did a recreation of the “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes” nursery rhyme and made some more changes to the Bible children’s song I’ve been composing. I didn’t get dressed… but hey it’s friday! And it’s takeaway night tonight!

Diary Entry

Mon 12th Feb

It’s 8pm and I’m feeling very relaxed today after a great weekend in London with Gareth. We visited the British Museum and saw the Rosetta Stone and Cleopatra, Winston Churchill’s War Rooms, the famous Vincent Van Gogh paintings at the Art Gallery and walked miles and miles. It’s certainly used up all of my energy!

On the coach there I got an email from BBC Introducing saying they’ve listened to my track that I uploaded on Wednesday. Seeing as it can take up to 6 months, that’s pretty good going! Just got to wait and see now if it gets a radio play. If not, I’ll keep writing more and more ’til I get one! They don’t take many uploads per month now so I’ll need to be selective! And upload only the best.

This morning I wrote a children’s song for The Bible which was ordered Friday night. I’m waiting to see what they all think of it and if they like it I’ll get a bulk order of songs to write that are surrounded by Christianity. One thumbs up so far, five more people to please! I then went and got the car washed – that felt pretty good!

I just had an order in for a Valentines song which I will write tomorrow morning. I didn’t really put much effort into advertising love songs this year as I lost my pre-made music for my love songs when my iMac broke. Gah! This guy is a return buyer and he comes back every year for love songs for his fiancee 🙂 Tomorrow, I think I should write some new music for love songs and get back on the love song map!

The work front has been pretty quiet most of this month. I’m getting a little anxious again but hopefully I’ll get a surge of orders in very soon. 3 days left ’til Fiverr do their second revision of the level system. That’s looking good for me as you need over 90% in 3 areas, I’ve got 100%, 96% and 100%. Yawn… bed is calling me.