January has been a long month! I can’t be the only one who feels it. Bookended by full moons, it’s a month of cosmic cleansing and intention setting for the year ahead… with that in mind:
I had a great time today performing my acoustic set for Bark at the Gladstone Arms in Borough. I’ve never played at this venue before and I loved it. So intimate and, for a small venue, packed with respectful audience – what more can a little singer want?! I haven’t performed live since September at Always the Sun Festival, so I was expecting to be a little rusty to say the least! but the set went well.
Ruben and I are heading into the studio next weekend to start work on the Moonlight EP, it’s been such a wonderful process shaping these tracks into what they are becoming, the year-long work has been so worth it! i can’t wait to share the EP finally.
I also opened the year with a new demo, Desire, which you can hear below!
in preparation for the upcoming EP, i have been reflecting a lot on the path i have been walking since 2015, when i decided that i was going to “pursue” music (that is, start telling people I was a musician and actually releasing my own music! i had been uploading covers online since about 2010 but i would never tell anyone and would never dream of sharing an original!). in that time, i worked and released music under my own name, self-releasing two EPs. i had never felt fully right performing under my own name… it felt weird to introduce myself on stage… it always felt like a placeholder. but then in 2016, honey gentry was born.
the first two tracks i shared online were covers: house of the rising sun, and go with the flow. i’ve finally shared them as an EP available for download on bandcamp!
and the rest, as they say, is history!
all my love,
lent my vocals to “emilia intro” on the new heyokayk EP – check it out here on bandcamp!
with open, warm embrace we welcome 2018 into our lives! the year has started off well and truly on a positive note – studio time for Moonlight is booked, first gig of the year is booked, and the attitude is positive!
join me on the 28th Jan at the Gladstone in London for an acoustic set at Bark’s sunday social – more details here on facebook
connect on social media to stay up to date with the moonlight process!
check out my latest demo of an old favourite, last forever, shared towards the end of last year…
wishing you a year filled with dreams come true, adventure, love, passion, and memories!
all my love,
I hope Scorpio season is treating you well. the peak of this transformative, inward-focused energy is around us today in the new moon in Scorpio… (as well as of course the Sun, Jupiter, and Venus…) it felt as good a time as any to honour my obsessive side and indulge in music a little as I love to do.
this demo, Moonlight, reminds me of the music I used to make, pre-Honey Gentry. I hope you enjoy the vibes of this little preview!
In other news…
✨ Since Tumblr is the only platform that I regularly share music on but has no analytics/tracking, I had to manually add up all the streams of my uploads (!) and calculated it to be over 58,000!
✨You can download a little collection/EP of my 2017 covers for free, including some of my favourite tracks by Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young and Lana del Rey.
✨ Visitors to my bandcamp page continue to arrive via the Reddit and Lanaboards threads and mentions/recommendations made by incredibly kind friends. I’d just like to thank those of you again who share my music and recommend my songs, it means the world to me and lifts my thoughts during dreary grey office days. It is a true honour.
I think that’s all for now, don’t forget to join me on social media if you haven’t already:
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all my love,
I collected some covers that I recorded at home throughout 2017 into this little Dreams EP. the cover art is a shot of the ocean I took in Malibu.
13 Beaches (Lana Del Rey)
Dreams (Fleetwood Mac)
Heart of Gold (Neil Young)
Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush)
Download for free on Bandcamp. I hope you enjoy!
Hello my love,
We are midway through this special month.
So far all I have to share is news of studio time, rehearsals, a renewed sense of focus and dedication from Ruben and I. Over the summer I was floating a little, floating through space, flitting between ideas, living with one foot in reality and one foot… not quite in reality. But I’m ready to take what I’ve learned and channel it into the music and I tell you, I couldn’t be more excited.
I shared a new cover earlier this week, my rendition of Lana Del Rey’s 13 Beaches from her most recent album, Lust for Life. Although Honeymoon remains my favourite album from Miss Del Rey, LFL had some gorgeous songs, some of the best of her career I would go so far to say. 13 Beaches is one of those songs.
I loved this song from the moment I heard it, although it took on new meaning after I spent some time in the places mentioned specifically in the songs. California has such a magical, inspiring quality and this song just takes me back to the Pacific Coast in an incredibly special way…
As I mentioned in my last post, Heaven, California is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, all your favourite services!
Hoping to have an EP to share with you really soon! Big plans for this release, so I’m happy to take our time and get it just perfect!
All my love
I have just returned from, yes, California! my dream really did come true. to say I am in love is an understatement… we went to Malibu, Venice Beach, Las Vegas, Ojai, Hollywood, Silver Lake… it feels like we were there for months!
I thought I would share some footage from our recent slot at Always the Sun Festival. many thanks to Jasleen for recording the video and huge thank you to Lark Recordings for hosting us on the Bohemia stage for our first gig!
As ever, visit bandcamp to download this track and more!