BBC Introducing: Steph Newton

Meet Steph Newton, Cornwall's Response to Alicia Keys who packs a soul-filled vocal punch backed with plenty of Blues foundations on the keys.

Lostwithiel's Steph Newton's musical life started from a young age where she was taught how to play the piano by her grandfather.

It was in this environment where she soaked up the sounds and feel of classic R'n'B and soul that echoed round the rooms of the family home.

Steph then grew up developing her skills as a singer and pianist. After a few years spent guesting in bands on vocals and piano, Steph enrolled on college music courses where she was able to develop her own material.

Towards the end of her academic life, in early in 2008, Steph decided to try things out on her own, venturing out to play a few low-key local band support slots as a solo performer.

Following a few of such appearances Steph decided solo performing was the route for her. After developing her live act and material further she won the Cornwall's Got Talent competition and shared stages McFly and Gabriella Cilmi. She also had her first BBC Introducing session with David White.

Since those appearances Steph decided to alter her live sets slightly, bringing in Bubs Taylor on drums to add some driving rhythms behind her piano and vocal work.

Now Steph has returned and with the help of boyfriend Bubs, will start a one woman domination of the country starting with building her Cornish fan base further. She has posted tracks on MySpace and recently released an EP titled. 'Everything You Need'.

Speaking about the work ethic behind the EP Steph said: "I've been recording those songs for about a year, but I love doing it, I never wanted to give up or anything".

With influences that range from Beverly Knight and Alicia Keys to Destiny's Child and Etta James you can definitely tell where Steph got her soul roots from.

Listening to her recorded and live material Steph sound shows clear influences of Alicia Keys with the odd hint of Aretha Franklin and just a note of Amy Winehouse.

The finished effect is a confident soul sound, home grown in the East of Cornwall.

Speaking about her strange writing practices Steph says: "This sounds really weird, I always get melodies come to me when I'm in the bathroom, I'll get my mobile phone and sing it down it to make sure I don't forget it!"

The singer/songwriter will be touring throughout the South West in the coming months.

Spring 2011 gig dates

5th March - The Swan, Wadebridge

16th March - Finn McCouls, Falmouth

19th March - Gaslights, Redruth

24th March - Ride Cafe, Plymouth

26th March - Belushi's, Newquay

2nd April - Driftwood Spars, St. Agnes

8th April - The Galleon, Fowey

15th April - Tredrea Inn, Porthcothan Bay, Padstow

7th May - Shiners, Bodmin

21st May - Britannia Inn, Par

29th May - Harlyn Inn, Harlyn - 2pm

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