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Jade Bird wrote entire second album pre-lockdown
Jade Bird wrote entire second album pre-lockdown

Jade Bird penned her entire second album pre-lockdown.

The ‘I Get No Joy’ singer had to “frustratingly” sit on her follow-up to her acclaimed 2019 self-titled debut – which reached the top 10 in the UK – due to the coronavirus pandemic, but she’s teased that fans can expect the songs to have a “rootsy simplicity” to them when the record is released.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, Jade said: “Frustratingly I wrote it all before lockdown and even started recording before I had to return home to sit on them basically.

“Sometimes it’s all worth the wait that’s what I keep telling myself.”

Asked about the direction of her upcoming LP, she said: “It’s always song-first but with this album even more so.

“There’s a rootsy simplicity to it all and a fun optimism to counter the sadder songs. I can’t give too much away.”

Jade wrote the album after a “dry” spell.

She said: “I started to join my friends in Flyte’s songwriting group where various people sent in one song a day just to stay creative.

“I got to about 20 and then the well went dry.

“It’s like that sometimes, it was a week before I wrote my whole record.”

The 22-year-old star has had her gigs cancelled but has found new ways of getting her music out into the world.

One of them was by performing virtually for the first-ever Re:Surface live event by Microsoft Surface last month.

She said: “I think the idea of trying to create a new format, a new way of doing things … I love live music, and playing live, but trying to use technology to actually evolve it as well, and give people opportunities to experience a gig who may not normally be able to – due to location, disability or opportunity – feels really exciting.”

Today (24.06.20), Microsoft Surface launches the Re:Surface Blueprint: a set of free workshops and how-to guides giving UK artists and musicians the tools and knowledge to bring back their cancelled performances online.

Go to on June 30 at 7.30pm BST to see Jade and her band, along with members of the production team that helped ‘uncancel’ her show, provide a behind-the-scenes look into the gig and take part in a live QandA session.

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