Sharon Watkins back with another interview!
Hey, thank you for coming back for another interview!
You are so welcome !! My fans loved the feature you did last time and I love what you guys do to support artists!! I always look forward to reading what you put out !
What is new since the last interview?
It is crazy how much has happened !!! Our 2nd single “Stranded” - that you featured in our last interview - won the global song contest “Song of The Summer”. It is a huge contest with 10,000 predominantly American entrants, run out of California and we didn’t expect to get anywhere but our fans got behind us voting and we won not only the pop category but the whole contest!! Whaaaat?
Then we went on to release our latest single “The One That Got Away” in November and it has blown us away with the coverage it has achieved - featuring on multiple BBC radio shows, global media outlets, and listed on radio stations all over the world!!
Tell us a bit more about your new single, The One That Got Away.
It’s the ultimate “I’m over you” ballad. It starts out quite sweet as a piano pop ballad but develops into a huge anthem and defiant 2 fingers up to every ex you’re glad you left. We recorded the song at Superfly studio in Ollerton Notts again and collaborated with producer Sam Miller (Razorlight & One Direction) and so we are super pleased with how it’s done!
We also had a lot of fun making the official music video for the single “One The Got Away”.
It featured a contemporary dance duet, and we decided to hunt for talent on Instagram. We had hundreds of dancers submit their audition videos, which was so cool to watch!!.
We ended up selecting two ultra-talented dancers - Ashley Cavell (star of ABBA fever, The Meat Loaf Story and Vampire Rock) and Florivaldo Mossi (Michael Jackson in the West End show “Thriller Live”). We also got to work with Stewart Arnold (the choreographer & dancer for Kate Bush!) and it was just an incredible day seeing this dance come together.
Go and check out the full video on YouTube @sharonwatkinsofficial ! All I’ll say is that me and the female dancer both ended up getting very wet on that day, so there is a really cool ending to the video that you don’t want to miss!!!
What has been inspiring you lately?
Although we are still releasing singles from our first album throughout this year, we are also in the process of writing our 2nd album. It’s a bit different songwriting now, having been through the recording and release process already, it’s like I have a new dimension of inspiration from knowing what we can achieve with songs in the studio. As usual, I am inspired by anything and everything, I usually get my best ideas in the shower and then record them on my phone whilst I’m getting ready.
Then me and my brother, Sammy J Stopford, get together for writing sessions and finish them out around the piano.
Do you have any new music or tour dates you would like to talk about?
We’re releasing 3 singles in pretty quick succession over the next few months. We want to make sure that we keep giving our fans and supporters new music to listen to. I’m super excited, as I feel like we really planned our singles well and they just get better and better !!
So make sure you follow us on Spotify “Sharon Watkins” or in socials @sharonwatkinsofficial.
Do you have anything else that you would like to talk about or promote?
Our official music videos have been one of the highlights of last year for us. We started doing them just because we loved MTV and music videos growing up but they have done so well for us in their own right at nearly 1/2 million views in the first year on YouTube…… whaaaat? So you can expect an official music video with every single we release !!
We also get a lot of questions about how we managed to go from our first single to 100s of thousands of streams and views in 12 months. So we’re planning the release of some video content around that subject, really looking at the journey of releasing our first 3 singles and what it takes to be successful.
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?
You can keep up with us @sharonwatkinsofficial on all platforms including YouTube & Instagram or join our mailing list for offered & news www.sharonwatkins.com
Thanks for having me again guys, I love what you do and it means so much to artists like myself!!!